Bradford 4 Chesham 0: City’s late double adds to ease of progress

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).
Manager Phil Parkinson is looking forward to tonight’s third-round draw after seeing last season’s giant-killers Bradford City comfortably beat Southern League Chesham United at Valley Parade.

Bradford defeated Premier League clubs Chelsea and Sunderland on their way to the quarter-final last season.

“We have some fantastic cup memories,” said Parkinson. “Chesham are a good team at their level and I am pleased with the way we approached the game.

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“The first half was excellent and we played some great football and scored two goals. We got through, which is the important thing and to score four goals and keep a clean sheet is great.”

Bradford dominated the first half and went in front after 23 minutes with a superb right-foot shot from winger Kyel Reid before doubling their lead two minutes before half-time when James Hanson latched on to a long pass from Lee Evans to score with a right-foot shot.

In a more even second period, City ended the game with a flourish, scoring two goals in stoppage time through substitutes Gary Liddle and Devante Cole, both laid on by Tony McMahon.

Liddle turned in McMahon’s corner at the near post and a minute later Cole scored from close range from McMahon’s cross.

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Four minutes from the end goalkeeper Ben Williams did well to stop Ryan Blake’s goal-bound shot with his legs.

Bradford City: Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke, Leigh, McMahon, Evans, Knott (Liddle 88), Reid (Marshall 76), Hanson, B Clarke (Cole 76). Unused substitutes: Cracknell, Meredith, N Clarke, James.

Chesham United: Gore, Smith, Fenton, Beasant, Ujah, Taylor, Little (Pearce 62), Youngs, Blake, Wadkins (Hayles 66), Wilson (Hamilton-Forbes 71). Unused substitutes: Nolan (gk), Casey, Fongho, Woodcock.

Referee: S Duncan (Newcastle-on-Tyne).

Man of match: Lee Evans.

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