Dale out of EFL Tro­phy de­spite win at Brad­ford

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By RICHARD PART­ING­TON

ROCHDALE closed their EFL Tro­phy cam­paign by com­ing from be­hind to beat Brad­ford City 2-1 at Val­ley Pa­rade.

Brian Barry-Mur­phy’s men needed a four-goal mar­gin of vic­tory to progress in the com­pe­ti­tion and their hopes suf­fered a set­back when the home side took the lead in the 15th minute, Tyler French ap­ply­ing a close-range fin­ish at the near post to a free-kick from the left.

And Dale were on the ropes soon af­ter when Aaron Wil­bra­ham fouled Kelvin Mel­lor af­ter slip­ping in the area. Aramide Oteh stepped up from the penalty spot but Jay Lynch dived to his right to keep Dale in the game.

Jake Reeves’ shot smashed against the cross­bar as Brad­ford pushed for a sec­ond, but Dale hit back strongly and had turned the game on its head by half time.

Rekeil Pyke lev­elled on 29 min­utes with a goal out of noth­ing, the striker seiz­ing on a loose pass 25 yards out be­fore send­ing a thun­der­ous strike into the top cor­ner of Ge­orge Sykes-Ken­wor­thy’s net.

And six min­utes later Fabio Tavares edged the vis­i­tors ahead, jab­bing Jimmy Ryan’s de­liv­ery wide of Sykes-Ken­wor­thy.

The Ban­tams started the sec­ond half brightly, Lynch pulling off a fine save to keep out Zeli Ismail’s left­footed drive and then push­ing Callum Cooke’s dip­ping 25-yard ef­fort over the cross­bar. But Dale saw the game out com­fort­ably, en­sur­ing the con­so­la­tion of ex­it­ing the com­pe­ti­tion in win­ning style.

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