Match Details: 06/09/2014
Bradford City 1-3 Yeovil Town
Skybet League One
Yeovil Goals: Aaron Martin (8), Aaron Martin (23), AJ Leitch-Smith (72)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Chris Weale, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Joe Edwards, 5. Aaron Martin, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 7. Kevin Dawson, 9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 11. Sam Foley, 18. Jack Price, 20. Ben Nugent,
Subs: 12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Kieffer Moore, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 16. Nathan Ralph, 17. Joel Grant, 21. Calvin Brooks
Substitutes Used: Nathan Ralph for Sam Foley (80 mins), Kieffer Moore for James Hayter (84 mins), Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi for AJ Leitch-Smith (90 mins)
Bookings: AJ Leitch-Smith (Foul, 29)
Yeovil Town gained their second away win of the 2014-15 season this afternoon as they carved out an impressive 3-1 win against Bradford City at Valley Parade. The opening two goals came from the same combinations, as a Sam Foley corner and later a free kick saw Aaron Martin score twice in the first half to put the Glovers 2-0 up, before Rory McArdle pulled a goal back. Both sides had chances to grab further goals, but it was the Glovers who struck during the second period as AJ Leitch-Smith got his first goal for the club since his summer transfer from Crewe Alexandra, confidently firing home from a pull-back by Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Jack Price for a 3-1 win.
Team selection saw the Glovers revert to the side that had played against Barnsley on the previous Saturday, with only the injured Simon Gillett dropping out of that League One line-up, replaced by Jack Price who made his first start for the club. On the bench Joel Grant made his first showing of the season, but Sam Hoskins and Brendan Moloney were absent from the squad.
The Glovers got off to a flying start in the eighth minute when Gary Liddle conceded a corner. That saw Sam Foley take the set piece, and his ball into the area was met by a powerful header from Aaron Martin from deep inside the box to give the Glovers the lead. It was an end-to-end start to the match, with both sides adopting high lines and attacking positions, putting both defences under early pressure.
Yeovil extended their lead midway through the first half, when Joe Edwards was fouled by Mason Bennett, allowing Sam Foley to drill a ball into the box. A mass of bodies jumped for the flighted ball, but the first to get a touch on it was Aaron Martin, whose flicked header landed into the far corner, giving Foley two assists, and Martin two goals and Yeovil a two goal lead.
Bradford immediately hit back, with their own set piece goal. Gary Liddle's corner into the box was met by a close range header from Rory McArdle, to pull the scoreline back to 2-1 and to lift a home crowd who had been getting frustrated at their side's early performance. That led to a more even finish to the half, although there was little doubt that the Glovers deserved the goal advantage at the break.
The second period became increasingly a game that looked like the fourth goal of the match would be a crucial one. Bradford gradually pushed more players into forward positions, whilst a few Yeovil legs began to tire a touch. But it was the Glovers who made the crucial break - on loan Wolves midfielder Jack Price made his way down the left flank, pulled the ball back from the by-line, and AJ Leitch-Smith confidently powered a rising drive into the roof of the net for a 3-1 advantage, and one that Bradford weren't going to come back from.
The Bantams' supporters streamed out of the stadium, with many leaving long before the final whistle blew, as Yeovil intelligently ran the clock down by playing 'keep ball' on many occasions and causing both home crowd and players frustration. As such it became a comfortable win, and one that at least will tell manager Gary Johnson that he has a solid eleven who can clock up points at League One level, even if the midweek match against Portsmouth showed that he may need to improve the overall squad if there is to be adequate cover under that. Gary's ongoing boardroom talks will answer whether he's able to do that.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Bradford City 1 Yeovil Town 3.
Scorers: Aaron Martin (0-1, 8 mins), Aaron Martin (0-2, 23 mins), Rory McArdle (1-2, 26 mins), AJ Leitch-Smith (1-3, 72 mins)
Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Chris Weale
6. Jakub Sokolik 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 11. Sam Foley
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 9. James Hayter.
12. Artur Krysiak 13. Kieffer Moore (84 mins for James Hayter) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (90 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 16. Nathan Ralph (80 mins for Sam Foley) 17. Joel Grant 21. Calvin Brooks
1. Jordan Pickford
2. Stephen Darby 6. Alan Sheehan 23. Rory McArdle 3. James Meredith
8. Gary Liddle 17. Jason Kennedy 11. Billy Knott 10. Billy Clarke
28. Mason Bennett 9. James Hanson
4. Matthew Dolan 7. Aaron Mclean (65 mins for Mason Bennett) 12. Ben Williams 14. Mark Yeates (77 mins for Gary Liddle) 18. Christopher Routis 19. Oliver McBurnie 32. Sam Wright
Bradford Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: AJ Leitch-Smith (foul, 29 mins).
Bradford Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 6.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.
Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear). Assistant Referees: Joe Clark (West Midlands) and Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland). Fourth Official: Helen Byrne (Liverpool).
Attendance: 12,601 (including 190 Yeovil supporters).