Bradford City 0 Forest Green Rovers 1 - Bantams’ unbeaten start brought to an end by late blow

BRADFORD CITY’S unbeaten record was brought to an end with a stoppage-time goal from Joseph Mills as Forest Green Rovers earned victory in an ill-tempered clash

DISAPPOINTMENT: Bradford City's manager Gary Bowyer. Picture: Barrington Coombs/PA

The Forest Green captain scored with a close-range header when the Bradford defence failed to clear a right-wing cross in the third of the 11 minutes referee Andy Haines added on at the end of the match.

Rovers defender Matt Mills was then sent off for a second bookable offence - the referee also booked 10 other players - before Kelvin Mellor thought he had earned a point for the hosts with virtually the last kick of the match only for his effort to be ruled offside.

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There were few chances in the opening period of the first meeting between the two clubs, Bradford captain James Vaughan seeing a header saved while Jordan Gibson saw his fierce effort go agonisingly wide of thepost.

The visitors’ best effort came in first-half stoppage time when captain Joseph Mills’s 25-yard free-kick was smartly saved by Richard O’Donnell.

Bradford came close to taking the lead in 77th minute when Clayton Donaldson had a header saved by Joe Wollacott and then Vaughan had a shot blocked.