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Cheltenham Town 3-2 Bradford City

Ben Tozer's late goal secured a thrilling League Two home victory for Cheltenham over Bradford.

All five goals came in the second half, with the Bantams taking the lead through Jermaine Anderson.

The midfielder followed up to score at the third attempt in the 51st minute after a counter-attack and a cross from Dylan Connolly.

Cheltenham levelled through Gavin Reilly's third goal of the season after Ryan Broom's through ball.

Jake Doyle-Hayes' volley after a long throw from Tozer put the home side in front in the 69th minute, but Ben Richards-Everton nodded in Harry Pritchard's free-kick to make it 2-2.

Both sides had chances to win it, but captain Tozer powered in a header from Chris Hussey's free-kick to restore Cheltenham's lead and this time they held onto it.

Scott Flinders made a fine save to deny James Vaughan late on as Cheltenham maintained their fine home run and moved up to third.

They had been on top for much of the first half, but efforts from Broom and Hussey were both well dealt with by Richard O'Donnell.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Flinders
  • 5Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 26Greaves
  • 2Long
  • 11BroomSubstituted forClementsat 75'minutes
  • 7ThomasSubstituted forBowryat 88'minutes
  • 21Doyle-Hayes
  • 3Hussey
  • 20ReillySubstituted forAddaiat 81'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 32Varney

Substitutes

  • 6Bowry
  • 8Clements
  • 10Campbell
  • 16Addai
  • 19Lloyd
  • 22Lovett
  • 27Smith

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2MellorBooked at 90mins
  • 6O'Connor
  • 5Richards-EvertonBooked at 85mins
  • 23Wood
  • 19ConnollySubstituted forIsmailat 70'minutes
  • 16Palmer
  • 18AndersonBooked at 19minsSubstituted forCookeat 71'minutes
  • 7Pritchard
  • 10DonaldsonSubstituted forOtehat 86'minutes
  • 12VaughanBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 11Ismail
  • 13Hornby
  • 14McCartan
  • 24Devine
  • 25Oteh
  • 26Cooke
Referee:
Sam Purkiss
Attendance:
2,702

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Bradford City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Bradford City 2.

Booking

Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town).

Connor Wood (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town).

Kelvin Mellor (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Bradford City).

Booking

Kelvin Mellor (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jacob Greaves (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Bradford City).

Attempt blocked. Anthony O'Connor (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kelvin Mellor with a headed pass.

Foul by Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town).

Connor Wood (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Dan Bowry replaces Conor Thomas because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Aramide Oteh replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Booking

Ben Richards-Everton (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Bradford City).

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

Attempt saved. James Vaughan (Bradford City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Zeli Ismail with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Anthony O'Connor (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Harry Pritchard (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Palmer with a cross.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Chris Clements.

Attempt blocked. Callum Cooke (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces Gavin Reilly.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 3, Bradford City 2. Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Hussey with a cross following a set piece situation.

Gavin Reilly (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Bradford City).

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 2, Bradford City 2. Ben Richards-Everton (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Pritchard with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jacob Greaves (Cheltenham Town).

Clayton Donaldson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Chris Clements replaces Ryan Broom.

Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Callum Cooke replaces Jermaine Anderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Zeli Ismail replaces Dylan Connolly.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 2, Bradford City 1. Jake Doyle-Hayes (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Jacob Greaves (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Charlie Raglan with a headed pass following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter9630146821
2Crewe96031311218
3Cheltenham9522179817
4Swindon95221711617
5Forest Green952275217
6Newport944185316
7Crawley94321411315
8Cambridge9423139414
9Bradford9423118314
10Northampton9414108213
11Grimsby93331512312
12Plymouth93331411312
13Colchester933397212
14Macclesfield93331010012
15Port Vale9333912-312
16Salford92521112-111
17Carlisle93241115-411
18Mansfield92341013-39
19Leyton Orient92341116-59
20Walsall923449-59
21Oldham9144914-57
22Morecambe9135816-86
23Scunthorpe91261017-75
24Stevenage9036614-83
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