Well, Bradford City’s FA Cup run sadly came to an end but as I write this they still have a slim chance of making another Wembley final. Even though their recent league form hasn’t been great, stringing some wins together with results going their way may mean the play-offs are still possible.
Fatigue Sets In
The tie against Reading in the FA Cup quarter final was the one that could have led to a Wembley semi-final against Arsenal!
It was not to be. A fairly uneventful 0-0 draw in front of the biggest crowd at Valley Parade since the 60s meant a replay at Reading’s Madejski Stadium.
The Bantams conceded two early goals in the 6th and 9th minutes and never recovered with fatigue setting in after a hefty fixture schedule of 12 matches in just over 6 weeks. Morais getting sent off midway into the second half also killed off any hopes of another heroic come back like the one at Chelsea a few weeks prior. The game ended 3-0 to Reading with Mackie scoring in the 68th minute finishing City off.
Scrappy, hard fought points when they could have been distracted by the Cup or missed opportunities- either could be said about the 1-1 score lines at Coventry and Notts County but probably the latter after the 2-2 draw at home to Fleetwood. Cruising at 2-0, the visitors levelled with two strikes in the 86th and 90th minutes. Will City rue this when they look at the final league standings?
Since the 2-0 home win against Oldham, one win and three defeats would suggest it’s League one football again in 2015/2016. A hatful of missed chances at Gillingham highlighted that a few more goals from somewhere this season might have painted a different picture.
However, a win at home to top of the table Bristol City on 14th April and hopes may be rekindled with four games left to decide their fate. They’ll need to win their game in hand against Scunthorpe and hope sixth place Chesterfield drop some points, though.
Provident Community Enclosure still being made good use of
Schools and community group continue to take advantage of the discounted tickets scheme which is part-funded by Provident’s ‘Good Neighbour’ scheme.
We have also arranged for a number of our community partners and some junior football teams to watch matches from the Provident Community Enclosure at Valley Parade, all thoroughly enjoying themselves.