Barnsley’s Second String had a better night than their first team as they left West Yorkshire with three points after an entertaining game saw them run out 3-2 winners despite going behind, twice.
Bradford City lined up with an increasingly predictable reserve side. Jo McLaughlin in goal behind a back line of Simon Ainge, Luke O’Brien, Mark Bower and Phil Cutler. Midfield was occupied by Sean Taylforth and Leon Osborne down the wings with Luke Sharry and Louis Horne in the centre supporting Rory Boulding and Billy Topp up top.
Through the course of the game Jonjo O’Hara replaced Mark Bower, Luke Dean replacing Louis Horne and Roy Fogarty taking the place of Billy Topp.
First blood went to the Bantams when Luke Sharry’s effort saw a wicked deflection fly past the Barnsley keeper. However, the visitors were soon level with a goal that also saw a deflection.
So, parity restored it was the Bantams who took the lead for the second time when Billy Topp produced a wonderful overhead kick to further press his claim for inclusion on Saturday.
However, six minutes before half time the visitors drew level as Steven Bennett got his second of the game after a great pass from Danny Warburton.
Despite a number of chances in the second half a flurry of substitutions for the hosts might ultimately have been responsible for allowing the visitors the opportunity to claim all three points and blunt the Bradford City attack.
In the end the game was wrapped up by Danny Fernehough after great work by two-goal hero Steven Bennett.
In a side that contained only 5 senior professionals the early withdrawal of Billy Topp might suggest his involvement on Saturday whilst Simon Ainge was given a full 90 minutes despite Saturday looking like an opportunity for him to make an impression for the first time in a year.
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