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FOOTBALL: Rampant Bradford smash Glass at home
PAUL Shanley says his rampant Bradford Town side have been putting teams to the sword from the word go this season.
Town continued their scintillating early-season form against Roman Glass St George on Wednesday, with Sam Jordan hitting his fourth hat-trick of the campaign and taking his tally to 20 from just ten appearances in all competitions.
Midfielder Tom Welch chipped in with two strikes from midfield while Beau Blakeman also scored.
“We’ve been notorious for starting the season slowly and something that we’ve stressed is making sure that we’re in the top four come Christmas time, so that we’re not playing catch-up later in the season,” said Shanley, who picked up the manager of the month award before the match.
“I’m a great believer in starting games quickly and if you’re on it from the first whistle, then you’ll pick up results nine times out of ten.
“At the moment, we’re killing teams off in 15-20 minute periods in the first half and it was the same story on Wednesday – it was 4-0 by half-time and the game was done and dusted.
“Sammy’s been on fire but Tom Welch scored two crackers from midfield. But the guys all know to keep their feet on the ground too because we’re only eight games in.”
Jordan, Baggs and Ridout got the goals as unbeaten Bradford won 3-1 against Wincanton Town last Saturday.
Matt Bown was delighted to see his Westbury United keep things tight in defence this week as they notched up back-to-back draws at Meadow Lane.
Last weekend, Westbury played out a goalless encounter with Oldland Abbotonians before earning a point against high-flying Cribbs on Tuesday night.
Bown’s men fell behind to an early header from Cribbs’ Matt Davis, but got their equaliser midway through the second period when the visitors’ Ryan McKillop kicked Nathan Hallett’s corner into his own net.
“I’m very happy with the two games because we wanted to try and get back to what we were doing at the back in the first couple of games of the season,” said the Westbury manager.
“I would have taken a point before Saturday and on Tuesday night, we were up against a good side, who’ve got a good budget, and we probably should have won the game.”
Westbury travel to Devizes Town tomorrow.
Warminster Town chief John Phillips reckons his side failed to take advantage of their man advantage as they lost at high-flying Cribbs last weekend.
The home side’s Matt Tovey was sent off midway through the first half for striking Warminster's Tyrone Pollard but goals from former Chippenham Town striker Dave Gilroy and Jack Kinnerly saw Cribbs lead 2-0.
Dan Fowler pulled one back for Phillips' men but they were caught with a late suckerpunch as Justin Cattle finished off a counter-attack from the ten-man hosts.
“We did dominate possession in the second half, as you would expect with us having the extra man, but we just couldn’t break them down,” said Phillips.
“I know that Cribbs were second in the league and we knew they were a good side because they’d already beaten us 2-0 at home but with them down to ten men, we should have really come away with a draw.”
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