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Kick off 15:00 (UK)

29 July 2023 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Rochdale AFC
1 - 0
Bradford City
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Report | Dale 1-0 Bradford City

29 July 2023

Dale rounded off pre-season with a 1-0 victory over Sky Bet League Two side Bradford City at the Crown Oil Arena.

Half-time substitute Devante Rodney scored within two minutes of coming on, which proved to be the only goal of the game.

Jimmy McNulty’s men started the brighter of the two sides, with Harvey Gilmour flashing an effort over the bar from 20-yards, although Emmanuel Osadebe headed a cross wide at the other end.

Kairo Mitchell was inches away from getting on the end of a Cameron John cross just before the half hour mark, but a deflection off a Bradford defender diverted it away from the Dale front man.

Max Taylor put in a great block on Andy Cook’s effort from the edge of the area, before goalkeeper Louie Moulden saved from Osadebe and Richie Smallwood.

It was goalless at the break but within two minutes of the restart, Dale took the lead.

Rodney, on as a half-time substitute, received a pass from Ian Henderson, burst past his marker, before firing a powerful effort into the back of the net.

Bradford responded with efforts from Cook, well saved by Moulden, and Pattison, over the bar, before Michael Afuye sent a shot over for Dale after showing quick feet in the area.

Henderson nodded an effort over, whilst the visitors also had a couple of chances off target.

Brad Kelly, on as a substitute for Moulden, made a fine fingertip save in the dying moments to preserve Dale’s lead, turning over Derbyshire’s header.

Dale held on to finish off pre-season with a victory against opposition from a division above, ahead of the visit of Ebbsfleet United on the opening day next weekend.

Dale XI | Moulden (81’ Kelly), Keohane, Taylor, Ebanks-Landell (45’ Nevett), John, Clayton (81’ Johnson), Gilmour, Afuye (57’ Trialist A), Oduroh (62’ Shubbar), Mitchell (45’ Rodney), Henderson.

Unused subs | Trialist B, Ehimamiegho.

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