Bradford Town 1-2 Trowbridge Town, Tuesday, April 6th, 2004, ( Trowbridge Town Football Club Archive)

Bradford Town 1 - 2 Trowbridge Town

League - Wiltshire Football League Premier Division
Tuesday, April 6th, 2004, 6:30 PM
Trowbridge came away with the points in a tough encounter with neighbours Bradford. The home team started strongly and shot wide in the first minute and looked the more likely to score in the early stages. However, it was the visitors that took lead after 9 minutes. Trowbridge were awarded a corner that was punched away by the goal-keeper, a shot came back in that was cleared off the line before Mike Little forced the ball over the line from close range. Tom Pang equalised from the penalty spot three minutes later. Waleed Bakali harshly adjudged to have handled the ball as rebounded from his knee. However, luck was evened out when Bradford appealed for a penalty after 18 minutes following a challenge inside the box. This time the referee waved play on. Bradford took the initiative and attacked Trowbridge on a number of occasions. One shot went over the bar following a free kick on the right and shortly afterwards Sheppard was beaten but the ball was cleared off the line. Trowbridge lost Adam Nunn when he appeared to twist his ankle as he tackled back for the ball. Trowbridge also went close before the half time whistle. Waleed Bakali picked out Jack Heard with a pass down the right wing and Ricky Trott headed Jacks’ looping cross towards goal. This time it was Bradford’s turn to clear the ball off the line. Tom Pang then produced a fine curling effort in injury time, which was expertly tipped over by Adam Sheppard. Trowbridge looked the fitter side in the second half and went looking for the points. Their reward came five minutes from time. A free kick was headed onto the cross-bar by Simon Kitchen and Jack Heard forced the ball home to claim a vital win. Trowbridge deserved the win in the second half, but credit to Bradford for being the strongest opposition they have met for some time.

Report by Robin Sims.