The FA Cup - First Round
HalifaxFC Halifax Town1BradfordBradford City2

FC Halifax Town 1-2 Bradford City

Bradford City had to come from behind to win their FA Cup first round West Yorkshire derby with Conference high fliers FC Halifax Town at The Shay.

Halifax looked on course for a shock when Lois Maynard stabbed home at the near post past a helpless Ben Williams.

But two goals in three early second-half minutes from Jon Stead and Filipe Morais turned the tie on its head.

Billy Clarke was involved each time, setting up Stead to level before Morais struck the winner on 53 minutes.

Terriers stand City in good Stead
On-loan Huddersfield Town striker Jon Stead, who scored the Bradford City equaliser, had to be given permission to play by his parent club.

The half-time substitute threaded in Stead, who rounded Matt Glennon before slotting home.

Clarke then fed Morais, whose thumping strike across goal gave the keeper no chance, as City ended a five-match winless streak..

Maynard had earlier put the Shaymen in front after just three minutes when he turned in Paul Marshall's corner - and the same combination almost crafted a second on 34 minutes.

But Maynard's header from Marshall's hanging cross was saved superbly at point-blank range by Williams.

An unmarked Scott Boden then missed a great opportunity on 40 minutes, shooting over from Richard Peniket's low cross.

And the misses proved costly as Clarke's half-time introduction inspired the Bantams into reaching Monday evening's televised draw.

Line-ups

Halifax

Formation 3-5-2

  • 27Glennon
  • 6Ainge
  • 4Roberts
  • 14WilliamsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forSmithat 54'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 15Roberts
  • 5Pearson
  • 20Maynard
  • 8MarshallSubstituted forJacksonat 74'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 3McManus
  • 12Peniket
  • 19Boden

Substitutes

  • 1Senior
  • 2Bolton
  • 7Smith
  • 9Jackson
  • 10Dyer
  • 11Wilson
  • 22Schofield

Bradford

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12Williams
  • 2Darby
  • 5DaviesBooked at 68mins
  • 6Sheehan
  • 3Meredith
  • 20MoraisBooked at 54mins
  • 17Kennedy
  • 25HallidaySubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes
  • 14YeatesSubstituted forMcArdleat 87'minutes
  • 11KnottSubstituted forDolanat 90+2'minutes
  • 16Stead

Substitutes

  • 4Dolan
  • 10Clarke
  • 18Routis
  • 19McBurnie
  • 22Urwin
  • 23McArdle
  • 34Webb-Foster
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
8,042

Match Stats

Home TeamHalifaxAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home16
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Halifax Town 1, Bradford City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Halifax Town 1, Bradford City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, FC Halifax Town. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Boden (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Jackson.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Matthew Dolan replaces Billy Knott.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Meredith (Bradford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Filipe Morais.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jason Kennedy (Bradford City).

  11. Post update

    Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Rory McArdle replaces Mark Yeates.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Billy Clarke (Bradford City).

  15. Post update

    Matty Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jon Stead (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Billy Clarke.

  17. Booking

    Jamie Jackson (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Billy Clarke (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Jackson (FC Halifax Town).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Yeates.