A much more buoyant dressing room than in the previous games boded well for a good performance. The game started with both teams moving the ball well playing between the lines.
Bradford capitalised on some sloppy play in midfield allowing Damba to pounce on the loose ball and finish comfortably.
Credit to the players who kept to our game plan and shape to try and get back into the game, having lots of the match to get back into it.
Tyler Welch was a constant threat latching on to forward passes, splitting full back and central defenders continuously finding himself 1v1, but the final pass or shot needed to be better.
We eventually got in behind the high line of Bradford with Welch winning the 1v1 battle rounding the keeper and slotting home, only to be disallowed by the linesman for a foul.
Bradford almost straight away capitalised for a dubious penalty kick award when Jordan was adjudged to deflect an attempted cross with his hand, (a very soft penalty).
Bradford comfortably converted.
This score line was arguably against the run of play, (we’ve heard that a lot this season).
Even though trailing, the players worked tirelessly to get back into the game.
Trask,Bartlett Springer, Ramsey, Welsh, Griffin and Iacono almost physically dragged the team forwards with some great play and workrate to regain possession.
Trask was like a man possessed at times, his desire was outstanding.
We got back into the game through a bit of luck, again Welch was threatening and fouled on the edge of the box.
Ramsey stepped up and, courtesy of a deflection, converted into the top left corner.
From that moment on, we looked like we would go on and get the equalizer. We were first to tackles, loose balls and controlled the game well, keeping possession in good areas.
We did not want half time to come.
Just before we returned to the pitch the last thing that was said was ‘do not be sloppy and concentrate’.
Unfortunately we gifted them the third goal, very frustrating for all involved. (A sloppy back pass, sloppy first touch, back of the net).
With 40+ minutes to go we had two choices, cave in or continue to probe for the next goal and dominate the game.
I’m delighted to say we did the latter.
We pressed and pressed to get back into this game with good forward opportunities but just could not convert.
Finally a good through ball down our right was cut out and resulted in a corner. A scramble in the box allowed the ball to fall to the feet of Sol Griffin who volleyed into the bottom left corner.
Riasa A pushed for the equaliser on numerous occasions but the final ball just could not get into the areas needed.
The more we pressed gaps appeared in our back line leaving us susceptible to the counter.
Fortunately Byse covered and dealt with all sent his way.
With the clock ticking away opportunities became more and more scarce allowing Bradford Riasa to take all 3 points.
On the walk back to the dressing rooms all the plaudits were focused on Riasa A and the way we played, (another recurring theme).
The more these players play together the better we will become, big things are expected from this group who are already the team that everyone wants to watch allayed to the style of play we deliver. keep going.
Next Fixture : RIASA A V Glossop North End Friday 1st December K. Off 8pm
We started the game looking to get in front early and created a few decent chances.
We moved the ball really well and combined well in the attacking third.
We got our goal after just 5 minutes when Dean Phillips played a through ball for Omar Damba who kept his composure to convert.
We continued to attack and were causing real problems every time we attacked and were awarded a penalty which Stephane Ratsimbazafy
slotted home to double our lead.
Before half time we conceded a goal from a wickedly deflected free kick which Camden Clark could do nothing about.
Half Time (1-2)
Second half :
With just one minute played of the second half we scored again this time Omar Damba turning provider for Colin Clarke to score with his first touch of the game after coming on at half time.
Both teams were playing really good football and it made for a great game to watch.
We continued to create chances but could not convert with Victor Davis causing problems out wide.
With not long left we conceded again after being under pressure for a short spell.