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On This Day: Bradford City 1 v 2 Macclesfield Town

5 April 2020

After a one-all home draw against Aldershot Town two days prior, Gary Simpson's Macclesfield Town travelled to Bradford City ten years ago today, as we took on Bradford City in a memorable Easter Monday contest.

The hosts were buoyed with over 11,000 passionate supporters willing them on, yet the loyal band of Silkmen fans who had made the journey over to West Yorkshire were in defiant mood.

After what proved to be a rather scrappy start from both sides, the visitors would take the lead five minutes before the interval when Emile Sinclair dispossessed Zesh Rehman and after storming into the box, confidently stroked the ball past the Bradford 'keeper.

The Bantams came out for the second period with renewed vigour and just two minutes after the restart, parity was restored.

Former Silkmen striker Gareth Evans surged into the Macc penalty area and his teasing cross left Luke Oliver with a simple close-range finish at the back post.

With honours now even and the home crowd willing their side on, Simpson's men then had to deal with copious amounts of pressure which was being thrown at them. That said, Jonny

Brain was rarely threatened, as the Peter Taylor's side could only muster speculative efforts in the final third.

Once that initial threat had been nullified, Macc actively sought to restore our lead and were rewarded just after the hour mark.

Matthew Lowe tenaciously sped down the right wing, before his cross was coolly despatched by Ben Wright who claimed his fourth goal in six games.

As you would expect, the hosts laid siege to Brain's goal in the latter exchanges - yet the Macc defence stood firm as Simpson's men opened up a twelve-point gap between ourselves and the bottom two.

Macclesfield Town: Brain, Hessey, Brown N, Morgan, Lowe, Brisley, Bolland (Reid I 73), Bell, Wright, Sinclair (Tipton 86), Mukendi.

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