Street 2 - 0 Bradford Town
Saturday 28th October 2017
Street took a deserved win on Saturday and in the process went clear at the top of the Premier Division as well as depriving Bradford Town of their unbeaten record writes Kerry Miller.
However, that is far from the end of the story as the game ended with a brawl involving any number of players and a number of bodies who should not have been on the pitch at all. Referee Nigel Whitfield may well have to submit a report on the goings on after he sent Bradford’s Billy Fletcher off following an altercation after the whistle, a flare was set off at the far end and a Street fan went onto the pitch to get involved. Married with punches thrown it was not a pretty sight and a number will have to have a long look at themselves, not least the visiting assistant manager who spent virtually the whole game abusing the referee and was the last man off the pitch, still in the official’s face. How he escaped a red card is anyone’s guess.
It was a disappointing end to a game which finally came to a halt after the results had been read on Radio 5, such was the injury time added but the result was rarely in doubt and Town boss Danny Greaves was good enough to concede on Twitter that they were beaten by the better team on the day and he had no complaints.
Street were on the back of a 7-1 hiding in the Vase at Willand and both were looking to go clear top of the league at kick-off in front of a healthy crowd of 150 plus but Street settled early and after Ross McErlain had curled a free-kick inches wide Bradford lost the ball in midfield and Steve Murray exchanged passes with Aiden Chainey before screwing his shot wide. Matt Hurley was close with another effort and after a first home booking for either Hurley or Dave O’Hare – not easy to determine, Karim Rendall forced Tom Punchard to tip his header over the bar. From the corner Will Hailston was close but referee Whitfield was busy adding Bradford’s Mark Wall and Hailston to his book before Street took the lead just before the half hour. Josh Wadham’s graft created space for Murray to play a one-two with Craig Herrod and his deft dink was too much for Charlie Phillips.
Hailston was busy all half when his side had possession and he had the final chance but put it over as Street went in a goal to the good.
Bradford were fired up on the restart and Martin Lenihan drove over but a defensive error five minutes later effectively killed off the game as Dave O’Hare was gifted the ball and he set up Wadham to finish well from inside the area. Greaves threw on both Sam Jordan and Matt Morris in an attempt to inject some life into the attack but another mistake at the back almost cost a third goal as Wadham’s shot after he was again given the ball, was spilled but Herrod could not clean up.
Chainey joined the merry band in the book to be followed by Rendell but when O’Hare went in late on the half way line he was down the tunnel before the second yellow card was shown and Town were given a lifeline. Jordan’s scissors kick went just wide deep into added time but after ten minutes added it was all over, however the post match shenanigans may well cost both clubs.