Fleetwood 1 Bradford 1

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander
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Fleetwood Town threw away an early lead as Bradford City blasted back at Highbury.

The gusting sea-breeze played a big part in Town’s third minute opener.

Jimmy Ryan’s free kick hung aloft in a gust, Bantams stopper Ben Williams backpedalling, spilling the ball to avoid taking it over his own line, Jamille Matt ensuring the net was found.

Fleetwood looked in control but gifted Bradford a route back mid-way through the first half.

Northern Ireland international Conor McLaughlin gave up possession, former Town loanee Josh Morris leading a Bradford counter, crossing for James Hanson to calmly finish.

The visitors grew into the game and could have grabbed the advantage early in the second half when Stephen Darby dived past his man, delivering a back post cross which Devante Cole headed narrowly wide.

The forward went closer still 10 minutes later when his stinging blast came back off the inside of the post.

Fleetwood might have clinched it late on, Tyler Forbes finding a burst of pace, his centre met by Matt whose flick was deflected over the bar.

Bradford thought they’d won it with the last kick - Stephen Davies ruled offside as Lee Evans’ free kick crept past Chris Maxwell - the offside flag stifling the celebrations.