In a closely contested match at the JobServe Community Stadium this afternoon, Bradford City and Colchester United battled to a 1-1 draw, leaving both teams with a point to take home.
The initial 30 minutes saw neither team firmly in control, but it was the Bantams who managed the first notable chance of the game. Harry Chapman’s precise cross from the right found striker Andy Cook, whose effort went agonizingly wide as City sought an early breakthrough.
The pressure continued to mount from Bradford City, with Cook at the forefront of their attacking efforts. Despite a blocked attempt from a Liam Ridehalgh corner and a headed effort from a Richie Smallwood delivery narrowly missing the target, Cook eventually broke the deadlock. Ash Taylor’s diagonal pass was skillfully controlled by Cook, who, under the persistent challenge of Bobby Pointon, slotted the ball into the net off the post.
As the second half commenced, Alexander’s side aimed to double their lead, with Chapman coming close with a well-crafted volley that looped over the goalkeeper but landed on top of the net. However, the Bantams failed to capitalize on their dominance, allowing Colchester to equalize just before the hour mark through Hopper’s finish into the far corner.
Despite City’s attempts to regain the lead, including dismissed penalty shouts for handball and a blocked effort from Ridehalgh, the match remained finely balanced. Colchester’s Arthur Read almost snatched victory with a spectacular 25-yard curling effort, brilliantly saved by Sam Walker.
In a mirror image, City’s skipper Richie Smallwood unleashed a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area, but it hit the top of the netting. With both teams pressing for a late winner, the scoreline remained level until the final whistle, leaving Bradford City with a hard-fought point as they departed the JobServe Community Stadium.