Monday, September 2, 2013
Barnstaple Town 2-2 Bradford Town
Barnstaple Town’s 100% winning record in the Toolstation Western League Division One came to an end on Saturday with a well-fought 2-2 draw with Bradford Town.
Both teams came into the game with perfect records from their first four games, and there was little to choose between the two sides at Mill Road in a match which finished 10 players-per-side.
After a positive start from Barnstaple, Bradford set up their first opportunity of the match and Sam Jordan made no mistake in taking it around on-rushing goalkeeper Ryan Draper to record his tenth goal of the season.
Town weren’t behind for too long as the referee pointed to the spot after twenty minutes. Young winger Billy Tucker stepped up to slot home and level things up.
But Tucker was only on the field for a matter of moments thereafter when the referee – who was kept very busy throughout the afternoon – showed him a straight red for a poorly timed challenge.
Town’s ten men continued to compete and were rewarded early on in the second half when Jack Jenkins whipped a free-kick in towards the back post from the right hand side, which somehow missed everyone and found its way into the Bradford net.
And things looked good for the home side when Bradford were reduced to ten men just before the hour mark.
The visitors dug deep though, and showed why they came into the game with a perfect record this season. A powerful strike beat Draper but hit the bar, and Thomas Welch reacted quickest to fire in the rebound and level the scores again.
Barnstaple looked the more likely to nick a win but won’t be too disappointed to come away with a point against a very good Bradford side.