Bradford claim victory over Tranmere

Tranmere visited Bradford City yesterday in their latest fixture in the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Report: Bradford City v Tranmere Rovers

Bradford City 1 v 0 Tranmere Rovers
Walker (43′)
Cook (74′)
Ridehalgh (43′)
Clayton (74′)
HT 1-0

Goals from Jamie Walker and Andy Cook secured Bradford City the three points, as Rovers were defeated on their travels.  

On a misty evening in West Yorkshire, the Rovers made a strong start. Just six minutes in, Josh Hawkes was overlapped by Ethan Bristow, who then provided an accurate cross from the left into the six-yard box. Despite passing through a group of defenders, none of the forwards were able to meet the ball.

At the half-hour mark, the hosts nearly broke the deadlock. Some impressive build-up play resulted in Cook having an opportunity to shoot, but he fired the ball wide of the target.

A few moments afterwards, Rovers went close, as Dacres-Cogley passed the ball to captain Hemmings, who was positioned on the edge of the area. However, Hemmings’ low shot was blocked by defender Sam Stubbs.

During the 37th minute, Rovers suffered an injury setback. Kieron Morris was brought down and had to leave the field, and he was replaced by Logan Chalmers.

During the first half, Bradford City were the more dominant team and they managed to open the scoring just two minutes before the break. It was Jamie Walker’s drilled shot that deflected off a defender and ended up in the back of the net, leaving Tranmere Rovers’ goalkeeper, Mateusz Hewelt, with no chance.

Midway through the second half, Tranmere were eager to level the score and they came close to doing so. Regan Hendry took a shot that went narrowly wide of the far post.

With 65 minutes played, Hendry had a promising chance for Tranmere. He capitalized on Davies’ headed knockdown and fired a left-footed shot from the left side of the box, aiming it across the goal. However, the shot crept just past Lewis’ post.

In the 74th minute, Tranmere conceded their second goal of the match. Adam Clayton’s corner kick from the right side was met by Cook’s looping header, which went over Hewelt and landed in the bottom right corner of the goal.

Tranmere host Mansfield Town for a 3pm kick off on Saturday 18 February in their next game of the 2022/23 League Two season.

Match Highlights


Images Credit: Tony Coombes

Fans’ Twitter Reaction

Post Match Interview


Bradford City – Formation 4-3-2-1
1 Harry Lewis GK
2 Brad Halliday DF
3 Liam Ridehalgh DF
5 Matthew Platt DF
36 Sam Stubbs DF
40 Adam Clayton MF
11 Alex Gilliead MF
10 Jamie Walker MF
6 Richard Smallwood (C) MF
23 Matt Derbyshire FW
9 Andy Cook FW
13 Colin Doyle SUB
35 Ciaran Kelly SUB
20 Harry Chapman SUB
16 Ryan East SUB
34 Thierry Nevers SUB
30 Abo Eisa SUB
19 Vadaine Oliver SUB

Mark Hughes

Match Officials
Simon Mather
Assistants: Wayne Grunnill and Andrew Hendley
Fourth official: Thomas Parsons

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
23 Mateusz Hewelt GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Ethan Bristow DF
5 Tom Davies DF
18 Kyle Jameson DF
4 Lee O’Connor MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
24 Regan Hendry MF
11 Josh Hawkes MF
10 Kane Hemmings (C) FW
26 Harvey Saunders FW
13 Joe Murphy SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
6 Chris Merrie SUB
33 Jay Turner-Cook SUB
27 Jake Burton SUB
19 Logan Chalmers SUB
25 Joel Mumbongo SUB

Micky Mellon

Attendance: 15482

League Table

League 2 season attendance

06/08/2022Mansfield Town7128
16/08/2022Hartlepool Utd4072
20/08/2022Newport County4070
27/08/2022Colchester Utd5041
03/09/2022Leyton Orient6578
13/09/2022Bradford City5864
17/09/2022Salford City3175
08/10/2022Sutton Utd3007
14/10/2022Crewe Alexandra8001
22/10/2022Harrogate Town2316
01/11/2022Stockport County6800
12/11/2022Swindon Town9425
19/11/2022AFC Wimbledon6010
03/12/2022Northampton Town5,601
10/12/2022Grimsby Town5134
01/01/2023Crewe Alexandra5349
07/01/2023Sutton United5368
28/01/2023Leyton Orient5946
04/02/2023Stockport County10231
07/02/2023Doncaster Rovers5775
11/02/2023Salford City6516
14/02/2023Bradford City15482
2022/23 Total home attendance95572
2022/23 Total away attendance96571
2022/23 Total attendance (Home & Away)189143
2022/23 Average home attendance6171
2022/23 Average away attendance6036
2022/23 Total average attendance6104

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