Forest Green Rovers 2-2 Bradford City

Aaron Collins’ last-gasp equaliser denied nine-man Bradford victory as Forest Green snatched a point in a helter-skelter draw at The New Lawn.

In a pilot game for the safe return of supporters, veteran City striker Lee Novak touched home just three minutes after the restart when former Bradford loanee Luke McGhee spilled Elliott Watt’s fierce 25-yard strike.

Rovers captain Carl Winchester levelled things up when his deflected free-kick found the bottom of Richard O’Donnell’s net after the hour mark.

A minute later Winchester fluffed his lines from the penalty spot after Ebou Adams was felled in the box with Anthony O’Connor sent-off for the Bantams.

But Bradford regained the lead in the 67th minute, Watt firing in a sumptuous free-kick.

City were reduced to nine men with 20 minutes to go when defender Paudie O’Connor saw red for pushing his head towards Adams, who fell over the pitchside barriers during the clash.

Mark Cooper’s side pinned Bradford back, with Nicky Cadden and Scott Wagstaff going close, and Collins salvaged a point in the seventh minute of stoppage time when he touched home a Wagstaff cross.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1McGee
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 6KitchingBooked at 82minsSubstituted forYoungat 85′minutes
  • 3BernardSubstituted forWagstaffat 69′minutes
  • 7Winchester
  • 4SweeneySubstituted forStevensat 71′minutes
  • 11Cadden
  • 8Adams
  • 10CollinsBooked at 90mins
  • 14Matt

Substitutes

  • 5Stokes
  • 9Stevens
  • 12Allen
  • 18Young
  • 19McCoulsky
  • 21Wagstaff
  • 24Thomas

Bradford

  • 1O’Donnell
  • 6O’ConnorBooked at 62mins
  • 4O’ConnorBooked at 70mins
  • 21StauntonSubstituted forCousin-Dawsonat 90+9′minutes
  • 15French
  • 18WattBooked at 73mins
  • 16ClarkeSubstituted forCookeat 68′minutes
  • 23Wood
  • 11IsmailSubstituted forMottley-Henryat 65′minutes
  • 9Novak
  • 28Guthrie

Substitutes

  • 3Longridge
  • 7Pritchard
  • 8Cooke
  • 10Donaldson
  • 13Hornby
  • 24Cousin-Dawson
  • 32Mottley-Henry

Referee:
Will Finnie

Attendance:
1,000

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Bradford City 2.

  2. 90’+11′

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Bradford City 2.

  3. 90’+10′

    Foul by Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers).

  4. 90’+10′

    Tyler French (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. 90’+9′

    Substitution, Bradford City. Finn Cousin-Dawson replaces Reece Staunton.

  6. 90’+6′

    Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  7. 90’+6′

    Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Bradford City 2. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Scott Wagstaff.

  8. 90’+5′

    Attempt missed. Jake Young (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Udoka Godwin-Malife.

  9. 90’+3′

    Attempt missed. Jordan Moore-Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Udoka Godwin-Malife.

  10. 90’+3′

    Attempt missed. Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Collins.

  11. 90’+1′

    Attempt missed. Scott Wagstaff (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  12. 90’+1′

    Attempt blocked. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamille Matt.

  13. 90’+1′

    Attempt missed. Jamille Matt (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Udoka Godwin-Malife with a cross.

  14. 90′

    Attempt missed. Nicky Cadden (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

  15. 88′

    Attempt missed. Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aaron Collins with a cross following a corner.

  16. 88′

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Tyler French.

  17. 87′

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Reece Staunton.

  18. 86′

    Attempt missed. Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nicky Cadden with a cross following a corner.

  19. 86′

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Dylan Mottley-Henry.

  20. 85′

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jake Young replaces Liam Kitching.

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