Joseph Mills ended Bradford’s unbeaten record with a stoppage-time goal as Forest Green Rovers gained a 1-0 win in a scrappy, ill-tempered match at Valley Parade.
The Forest Green skipper scored with a close-range header when the Bradford defence failed to clear a right-wing cross in the third of the 11 minutes referee Andy Haines added on at the end of the match.
Rovers defender Matt Mills was then sent off for a second bookable offence – the referee also booked 10 other players – before Kelvin Mellor thought he had earned a point for the hosts with virtually the last kick of the match only for his effort to be ruled offside.
There were few chances in the opening period of the first meeting between the two clubs.
Bradford skipper James Vaughan had a header saved while Jordan Gibson saw his angled shot flash just wide of the far post.
Forest Green’s best effort came in first-half stoppage time when captain Joseph Mills’ 25-yard free-kick was saved by the diving Richard O’Donnell.
Bradford came close to taking the lead in 77th minute when Clayton Donaldson had a header saved by on-loan keeper Joe Wollacott and skipper James Vaughan had a shot blocked, but the visitors took the points in a dramatic finish.
Match report supplied by PA Media.