Bradford Town 2-2 Trowbridge Town, Saturday, February 16th, 2002, ( Trowbridge Town Football Club Archive)

Bradford Town 2 - 2 Trowbridge Town

League - Wiltshire Football League Premier Division
Saturday, February 16th, 2002, 2:30 PM
Trowbridge returned to action with another local derby, this time sharing the points with rivals, Bradford Town. Expectations were high following the weather enforced break with Trowbridge being boosted by the return of old favourite Dave Mitchell. A good sized crowd saw a lively start with Trowbridge making most of the play and they were rewarded after 13 minutes. Jerad O'Pray finishing well following a pass from Dave Mitchell. Bradford nearly levelled just two minutes later but a shot was cleared off the line. After 25 minutes, Andy Doel should have increased the lead after some good hold up play by Mitchell, but his shot struck the goalkeeper and went for a corner. Three minutes later Bradford were level, Robbie Simmonds heading over Guthrie the debutant Trowbridge goal-keeper. Both teams had a chance to gain a half time lead, O'Pray heading just over for Trowbridge following a free-kick but it was Bradford who took their chance. Guthrie dropped a fairy easy take and John Burt was in the right place to finish comfortably.

The Trowbridge equaliser came after 56 minutes. Mike Little had a shot parried by the goal-keeper and was then fouled. The resultant free kick taken by Paul Shanley, was met by Dave Mitchell, heading just inside the post. Trowbridge looked the most likely in the remainder of the half but were often caught on the break by the lively Bradford forwards. The draw keeps Trowbridge Town third in the league whilst Bradford added another game to their unbeaten run which stretches back to September.

Report by Robin Sims