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FOOTBALL: Town’s festive feast
BRADFORD Town boss Paul Shanley was delighted with his side’s potency in front of goal as they roared to a 5-0 derby triumph in the Boxing Day lunchtime clash at Westbury United.
Shanley’s men stormed to what was their fourth successive victory in the Toolstation League First Division by putting their local rivals to the sword at Meadow Lane.
Remarkably, Town took their number of goals scored to 21 in their last four games as Nick Ridout fired home a second-half hat-trick after Matt Minnis had eased them into a 2-0 advantage at the interval.
Shanley, whose side climbed into seventh place thanks to the triumph, said: “We’re just flying at the moment.
“We’ve scored more than 20 or so goals in the last five matches now – we just can’t stop scoring.
“We created seven or eight chances during the course of the match and we stuck five of them away.
“That’s just the way it’s going at the moment.’’
While his strikeforce did the business at one end of the pitch, the Bradford boss was also relieved to secure a first clean sheet in league action since the middle of October – 10 games ago.
“The pleasing aspect of it was the clean sheet because we don’t keep many of them,’’ he said.
“It was a very good win for us and, to be honest, we were very comfortable.
“It was very one-sided and we got the goals to reflect that.
“I wasn’t sure the game was going to go ahead (after the recent wet weather) but it was great to get a game because when you are on a roll like us, you just want to keep playing.’’
Bradford next face county rivals Calne Town – two places above them in the table, but who have not completed a game since their 2-2 home draw with Warminster Town on December 8.
Calne’s latest attempt to play – the Boxing Day derby with local rivals Corsham Town – was foiled when the match was abandoned just before half time at Bremhill View on Wednesday.
The teams were locked at 0-0, Calne having gone close with a free-kick from Greg Tindle pushed behind by goalkeeper Scott Windle pushing it behind for a corner, when proceedings were brought to a halt and the players taken off because of a heavy downpour in the 43rd minute.
The match was unable to restart and was abandoned shortly afterwards.
Elsewhere, the weather again badly affected the Boxing Day fixture list, following Saturday’s wipeout of fixtures.
Melksham Town’s Toolstation League Premier Division clash at Radstock was one of the casualties.
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