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Report: Stevenage 1-1 Bradford City

5 April 2021

Jim Steele

Stevenage made it twelve games unbeaten this afternoon, drawing 1-1 with Bradford City with the goals coming from Elliott List and Clayton Donaldson...

Alex Revell made just one change from Friday's 1-0 win at Oldham Athletic, with Joe Martin replacing Elliot Osborne. Terence Vancooten was reintroduced to the squad after returning from international duty with Guyana, while Scott Cuthbert and Luke Prosser maintained their centre back partnership.
Boro nearly made the initial breakthrough on two minutes as a long kick forward from Jamie Cumming evaded everyone, falling to the feet of Elliott List whose effort was saved well by the alert Richard O'Donnell, with the ball bouncing off the top of the crossbar and away for a corner. 
Chris Lines caused trouble with a free-kick on 11 minutes, whipping a delightful ball into the penalty area which was headed to safety by Niall Canavan.
Luke Norris headed Boro in front on 15 minutes, converting from a Chris Lines corner and beating O'Donnell from close range with power for his eighth goal of the season.
Boro almost doubled their lead on 24 minutes, after neat play on the right-hand side between Arthur Read and Luther James-Wildin resulted in a James-Wildin cross which evaded Norris, but fell to Tom Pett who scuffed his volley wide.
Bradford punished Boro on 28 minutes, equalising courtesy of a pin-point header from Clayton Donaldson, who evaded his marker before beating Jamie Cumming with a looped aerial effort. 
Chris Lines' corner deliveries were troublesome throughout the contest, with the curve on the deliveries making it hard for the Bradford defenders to clear.
The second-half commenced and Kian Scales had the first chance, blazing a speculative volley from distance over Cumming's bar.
The contest became scrappy in the second-half, with both teams committing a number of fouls which inevitably slowed the game down. 
Substitute Billy Clarke almost made an instant impact off the bench on 62 minutes, latching onto Donaldson's knockdown but firing just wide of Cumming's left post. 
Excellent build-up play nearly resulted in a second goal for Boro, as a number of passes resulted in an underlapping List finding Read, whose goal bound effort was blocked by the head of a Bradford defender. 
The visitors nearly found themselves in front on 72 minutes, as a weak Charles Vernam volley trickled into the path of an unmarked Olly Crankshaw, who couldn't reach the ball before rolling out for a goal-kick. 
The game was there for the taking, as both teams came close with several opportunities but the game petered out into a draw, with Alex Revell's side extending their unbeaten run to twelve, Boro's longest unbeaten run in the EFL.

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