Match Report


Wed 14 Apr 10

THE SHRIMPS' play off hopes were hit by defeat at Valley Parade, after a five-game unbeaten run.

Two second half goals gave Bradford the victory over a below par Morecambe who could not find the type of form that has seen them win four games in succession.

Bradford skipper Zesh Rehman gave the Bantams the lead on 68 minutes when he converted from close range after a Robbie Threlfall free kick was flicked on by Gareth Evans.

Morecambe hit back with home keeper Jon McLaughlin making fine saves to deny Craig Stanley and Paul Mullin but the Shrimps were undone again in injury time when they threw men forward. Mark Duffy lost the ball on the edge of the Bradford area and Adam Bolder scored from a swift counter attack.

With a swirling wind both sides found it hard to get their passing game together in the first half and chances were few and far between.

Bradford started the better and Gareth Evans fired into the side netting on 13 minutes when he had a number of players better placed in the box.

Morecambe were forced to make several last-gasp clearances before coming into the game themselves. Mark Duffy forced Jon McLaughlin into a good save from a free kick and Paul Mullin saw a goal disallowed for offside after getting on to the end of a Duffy cross.

Mullin then drilled a shot wide from just inside the box as the Shrimps ended the half strongly.

Skipper Jim Bentley was ruled out with a neck injury sustained in Saturday's victory over Rotherham and he was replaced by Dave Artell.

Bradford: McLaughlin; Rehman, Williams, Bateson, G O'Brien; Bateson, Osborne, Threlfall, Bolder; Grant, Evans. Subs: Glennon, L O'Brien, Kendall, Sharry, Dean, Horne, Cutler.

Morecambe: Roche; Parrish, Artell, Haining, Wilson; Duffy, Drummond, Stanley, Hackney; Mullin, Jevons. Subs: Davies, Moss, Bentley, Hunter, Wainwright, Panther, McLachlan.

Ref: C Sarginson.

    Data provided by Press Association

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