Saturday May 18, 2013 Final Finished Wembley

Bradford City 3 - 0 Northampton Town

  • Hanson 15’, 15’
  • McArdle 19’, 19’
  • Wells 28’, 28’

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  1. League Two - Bradford thrash Northampton in play-off final

    League Two - Bradford thrash Northampton in play-off final

    Bradford City won promotion with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Northampton Town at Wembley in the League Two play-off final. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Bradford City
    • Northampton Town
    • 90+10' Bradford will be playing in league one next season
      Phil Parkinson's Bradford side will be playing in League One next season
      Phil Parkinson's Bradford side will be playing in League One next season
    • 90+5' BRADFORD CITY ARE PROMOTED
      Bradford City's Alan Connell drinks from the npower Football League Two Play-Off Trophy
      Bradford City's Alan Connell drinks from the npower Football League Two Play-Off Trophy
    • 90+4' Harding delivers a free-kick but it's straight into McLaughlin's hands.
    • 90+3' Northampton attack, but even now there's no real urgency. However they win a free-kick right at the egde of the box on the right. Harding to take it.
    • 90+2' Nearly all of the Northampton fans have stayed to the end - it has been a crushing disappointment but it's not every day to get to watch your team at Wembley.
    • 90' FOUR minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of this match.
    • 89' Referee Keith Stroud awards a free-kick against Akinfenwa, whose enraged reaction draws ironic cheers from the Bradford fans.
    • 88' James Hanson tangles with Nathan Cameron challenging for a high ball and the Bradford striker is yellow carded.
    • 87' Final change from Bradford as Nathan Doyle goes off and Ricky Ravenhill sprints on to defend a corner.
    • 86' And that's about as close as Northampton have come, as Guttridge flies in to try and get on the end of a cross from the left but he cannot quite reach the ball.
    • 85' A standing ovation for Nakhi Wells as he leaves the fray, to be replaced by Alan Connell.
    • 84' Yellow card to Bradford's Nathan Doyle for a late, lunging challenge on Widdowson.
    • 83' Played into the edge of the Bradford box and that looks like a clear handball by the attacker - it doesn't matter, as the ball ricochets to a gold shirt and Bradford hoof the ball away.
    • 82' Bradford push for a fourth as they swing a corner in from the left... Northampton shuffle the ball clear...
    • 80' Into the last 10 minutes and Bradford are cruising into the third tier. Just reward for a fantastic season, but huge disappointment for Northampton who finished sixth, four points ahead of the Bantams.
    • 78' Bradford change: Will Atkinson replaces Kyel Reid who has been excellent.
    • 77' The bandaged Harding volleys high over from 30 yards.
    • 76' Pure frustration for Northampton, who have barely been able to lay a glove on Bradford. It has been a sadly blunted performance from them, making this game a real damp squib.
    • 74' Akinfenwa flies in with a bruising challenge, as is his wont, but that will be a Bradford free-kick.
    • 73' Nakhi Wells is down on the pitch - looks like the Bradford man has cramp and his skipper Gary Jones comes to his aid.
    • 71' Final change for Northampton - Lewis Hornby replaces Ishmel Demontagnac.
    • 70' Good goalkeeping from McLaughlin, who punches a Tozer throw clear, then rises high to catch when Guttridge heads back into the box.
    • 68' Demontagnac is lucky to get away with a push in his own box that could easily have resulted in a penalty.
    • 66' Lovely slick move from Bradford as Meredith pulls it back to tee up Wells - he fires at Nicholls.
    • 65' Cynical block by Carlisle as Reid nips the ball past him. Yellow card.
    • 63' Chance for Kyel Reid to put the tin hat on this as he meets a far-post cross with a low volley but the ball flashes wide of its target!
    • 61' The ball comes off a Bradford shin to Akinfenwa, who hits a shot on the turn but sends it well wide.
    • 60' Thompson carries the ball to the edge of the box and ignores his team-mates to take a shot at goal.... it rolls just wide of the left-hand post.
    • 58' Maybe Akinfenwa will change this, but Northampton simply haven't looked like scoring even once, let alone three times.
    • 57' With 56 minutes gone, Bradford begin their applause for those who died in the tragic Valley Parade fire of 1985.
    • 56' Northampton have at least stemmed the tide, but they'll have to do more than that to get back into this game. Threatening the Bradford goal would be a start.
    • 55' Northampton change: Aderbayo Akinfenwa replaces Clive Platt.
    • 53' Northampton change: Joe Widdowson replaces Lee Collins.
    • 51' Hanson tries to scramble the ball goalwards and it leaps up - great save from Nicholls to claw it to safety!
    • 50' Rash goalkeeping from McLaughlin races out of his box to head clear - he catches O'Donovan in the head with a stray boot on the way down, but referee Stroud does not consider it a punishable offence.
    • 49' For once Bradford's set piece delivery is poor, as the ball swings straight through to Lee Nicholls in goal.
    • 47' Northampton launch the ball long into the Bradford box... Platt glances a header wide.
    • 46' Right, second half under way. No personnel changes from either side.
    • - Tom Adams at Wembley: 'Awful defensive performance from Northampton in the first half. Long way back from here.'
    • 45+5' Half-time at Wembley and Bradford are in total control. 3-0 and they are on their way to League One.
    • 45+4' Ref Kevin Stroud warns Jason Hanson after a foul just inside his own half. The free-kick is pumped forward but Clarke Carlisle heads wide.
    • 45+2' Wells twists and turn into the box but his eventual shot is blocked. Another goal would definitely kill this game off.
    • 45+1' Tozer troubles McLaughlin with a long throw - not toally convincing again from the goalkeeper but Bradford survive.
    • 45' Four minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the first half.
    • 44' Aidy Boothroyd looks on somewhat bewildered from the touchline. What on earth can he say at half-time?
    • 42' Here comes Hackett for Northampton... but his cross goes all the way out for a throw. Thompson will play on for Bradford, incidentally.
    • 40' Bradford's Garry Thompson goes down in a heap and the physio comes out. He's been a key man for them today.
    • 39' Harding delivers a corner for Northampton, McLaughlin flaps at it and Bradford manage to get the ball untidily clear.
    • 37' Chris Hackett bends a cross into the Bradford box, and it's glanced behind for a corner.
    • 35' Long throw from the Bradford right - Hanson glances a header towards goal but it's easy for Nicholls.
    • 34' A ray of hope for the Cobblers?
    • 32' Wells looks to race clear down the right channel... he takes a poor touch and his shot is a weak one. Northampton still reeling here.
    • 31' Nicholls saves Northampton as more desperate marking gives Kyel Reid a free header, and the goalkeeper tips the ball over for a corner.
    • 30' Yellow card to Roy O'Donovan for a frustrated foul on Reid - Northampton losing their heads here.
    • 30' Another Bradford set piece, this time on the left... relief for Northampton as Lee Nicholls catches it on the full and the men in claret move the ball clear.
    • 29' Absolute despair among the Northampton fans, who have seen their side blown out of the water within half an hour.
    • 28' GOAL!! It's three for Bradford! Thompson meets a deep cross at the far post and nods it back across for Nakhi Wells to slam it in from close range for his 25th goal of the season.
    • 26' Bradford looking to kill this one off early on as a dangerous cross is whipped in from the right - Northampton punch-drunk right now.
    • 25' Platt meets a high ball into the Bradford box - it's a great leap from the big striker but he glances his header wide.
    • 23' O'Donovan chases a through ball into the Bradford box but McLaughlin is out quickly and gathers.
    • 21' Apologies for the lack of live scoring - we are experiencing some technical problems.
    • 20' Bradford aren't happy as Andrew Davies gets caught with a forearm as he challenges in the air.
    • 19' GOAL! Two for Bradford! Rory McArdle steals in at the near post to power home a header from Nathan Doyle's cross! But where on earth was the Northampton defending? 2-0.
    • 18' The last team to win the League Two play-off final after conceding the first goal was Rochdale in 2008.
    • 16' Hanson was so effective in Bradford's League Cup campaign and he's done it again with his 15th goal of the season. Not sure about the Northampton defending, though.
    • 15' GOAL!! Bradford lead through James Hanson! Thompson stands up a looping cross to the back post and Hanson heads the ball back across goal into the far corner.
    • 14' Ben Harding's head injury:
      Ben Harding BAD Head Injury ( Bradford v Northampton )
    • 13' Corner comes into the Bradford box - there's a foul in the box, Clarke Carlisle wrestling his opponent to the ground.
    • 12' 70 per cent possession for Bradford so far.
    • 10' I wonder how that occasion will affect Bradford. They have Wembley experience, yes, but it's not exactly positive.
    • 9' It has been a slightly disjointed opening but Bradford are certainly faring better than in the Capital One Cup final which they lost 5-0 to Swansea.
    • 7' Northampton's Ben Harding is bandaged up Terry Butcher-style and play will continue.
    • 6' There;s a Northampton player down in the box and the physio comes out to dole out some treatment. A bit of claret, so this could be a bandage situation...
    • 5' Long throw from Ben Tozer on the Northampton left... it's a massive launch into the box but Bradford just about get it to safety although goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin looked less than convincing.
    • 4' Bradford in the ascendancy early as Kyel Reid prepares to deliver an inswinging corner from the right.
    • 3' Nahki Wells has a crack from the free-kick but fires it over!
    • 2' Bradford win a set-piece 30 yards from the Northampton goal - pretty much dead centre...
    • 1' Game on! Booted long downfield and Northampton keeper Lee Nicholls gets an early touch.
    • 13:30 Here's how Northampton made it to Wembley.
    • 13:25 It's not the first time Bradford have been to Wembley this season - here's what happened when they made it to the Capital One Cup.
      Bradford City - Swansea city Wembley cup final - 30,000 singing together in the stadium
    • 13:25 This week saw David Beckham announce his retirement - here, Premier League managers pay tribute to the England legend.
    • 13:20 Pictures from Wembley (2/2)
    • 13:20 Some pictures from Wembley. (1/2)
    • 13:15 BRADFORD: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Reid, Hanson, Wells... Subs: Duke, Ravenhill, Atkinson, McHugh, Connell, Hines, Nelson. // NORTHAMPTON: Nicholls, Tozer, Carlisle, Cameron, Collins, Hackett, Harding, Guttridge, Demontagnac, O'Donovan, Platt... Subs: Snedker, Johnson, Widdowson, Langmead, Akinfenwa, Robinson, Hornby
    • 13:15 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the League Two play-off final from Wembley, as Bradford City take on Northampton Town for a place in the third tier.
  • Summary

    • 88' James Hanson tangles with Nathan Cameron challenging for a high ball and the Bradford striker is yellow carded.
    • 84' Yellow card to Bradford's Nathan Doyle for a late, lunging challenge on Widdowson.
    • 65' Cynical block by Carlisle as Reid nips the ball past him. Yellow card.
    • 63' Chance for Kyel Reid to put the tin hat on this as he meets a far-post cross with a low volley but the ball flashes wide of its target!
    • 51' Hanson tries to scramble the ball goalwards and it leaps up - great save from Nicholls to claw it to safety!
    • 31' Nicholls saves Northampton as more desperate marking gives Kyel Reid a free header, and the goalkeeper tips the ball over for a corner.
    • 30' Yellow card to Roy O'Donovan for a frustrated foul on Reid - Northampton losing their heads here.
    • 28' GOAL!! It's three for Bradford! Thompson meets a deep cross at the far post and nods it back across for Nakhi Wells to slam it in from close range for his 25th goal of the season.
    • 19' GOAL! Two for Bradford! Rory McArdle steals in at the near post to power home a header from Nathan Doyle's cross! But where on earth was the Northampton defending? 2-0.
    • 15' GOAL!! Bradford lead through James Hanson! Thompson stands up a looping cross to the back post and Hanson heads the ball back across goal into the far corner.
    • 13:15 BRADFORD: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Reid, Hanson, Wells... Subs: Duke, Ravenhill, Atkinson, McHugh, Connell, Hines, Nelson. // NORTHAMPTON: Nicholls, Tozer, Carlisle, Cameron, Collins, Hackett, Harding, Guttridge, Demontagnac, O'Donovan, Platt... Subs: Snedker, Johnson, Widdowson, Langmead, Akinfenwa, Robinson, Hornby

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