“Back in the game.” | RIASA derby review

09/02/2018 9:30 am | Leeds Beckett University
Bradford RIASA

First Half

Coach Jones (RIASA A)

On a day in which we were expecting a response after the Curzon Ashton game, the mood in the dressing room was intense. An early morning kick off with a brisk wind, low sun and bitter chill in the air, a quick start to the game was required. Unfortunately, and as is what’s becoming a current theme, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb, being 2-0 down in the first ten minutes. This game then could have ended up being a replica of the previous one.

Thankfully the reaction to adversity brought the best out of RIASA A’s players. It seemed to be a weight had been lifted and the opportunity to showcase themselves was brought to the fore. It all started with Sam Byse getting tighter to his man and restricting the opposition to minimise forward opportunities, Sam grew into the game from then on and was by far the outstanding player in today’s game.

RIASA A’s midfield reacted positively to this by being more aggressive and getting tighter to their opponents, allowing us to start attacks thus creating space for Muhamadu Bokum, who used possession really well, putting Bradford under more intense pressure. Even though Bradford looked menacing going forward, RIASA A began to control possession.

Our goal came at the end of some good play, causing the Bradford defender to commit a foul on the edge of the box. Tyler Welch took advantage and finished in the top far corner of the net, great strike.

Back in the game.

Coach Stead (Bradford RIASA)

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 15 mins when Riley Harbour played a through ball for Victor Davis who dribbled past two defenders and kept his composure to convert (1-0).

We continued to attack and was causing real problems every time we attacked with Victor looking a real threat down the wing. Riley Harbour then doubles our lead when he was quickest to react to the ball after Dylan Turner headed back across goal from a corner. Before halftime, we conceded a goal from a free kick which caught out Camden Clark.

HT (2-1)

Welch vs. Thompson

Second Half

Coach Jones (RIASA A)

A few things were corrected and noted from the first half performance. We started with an air of confidence, buoyed by the goal which came at a good time.

Bradford RIASA were pushing to try and regain the numerical advantage with some good forward link up play, having to call Bryan into some good saves early on. Thankfully though, we stuck to our initial game plan and played as a unit, giving us the platform to level the scoreline.

Starting with some controlled possession, a penetrative pass was played, splitting the opposition midfield, good combination play and desire from Spencer got us our reward in the shape of a penalty. There was much deliberation as to who was taking it, I had to pull rank and Paul Ramsey, our penalty taker, stepped up sending the keeper the wrong way (2-2).

The game then from this point could have gone either way, with good chances for both teams, the best of all falling to us, Spencer again causing problems broke free, committed the goalkeeper who in turn make a top-class save.

Bradford from here on in had much of the possession in and around our defensive third, Through the acrobatics of Bryan and defensive marshalling of captain Elijah Bartlett-Springer, all attacks were dealt with. Admittedly, it did get scary at times.

A controlled, confident swagger came over RIASA A today. Hopefully, this gives all involved a belief to push on and contest far more games in the remainder of the season.

Coach Stead (Bradford RIASA)

We started the second half well but also the opposition did and were pressing us much more and not making it easy for us to try and play out from the back and build up through the thirds.

Both teams were creating chances with the game at a very high tempo and this was a great advert for our academy as both of the teams were performing really well. RIASA A then got the equaliser to draw level after the referee awarded a penalty to them. (2-2)

As the game neared full time, both teams had chances to win it and we should have a penalty awarded ourselves but the referee thought differently. We pushed and pushed for the winning goal and bombarded them with attack after attack but credit to RIASA A, they hung in and got a well-deserved point in the end, with a draw probably a fair result in reflection.

FT (2-2)

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