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Iron v Bradford City match abandoned

9 February 2021

United's home League Two game against Bradford City was abandoned after half an hour on Tuesday night following heavy snow which started just after kick-off.

All iFollow match passes purchased will apply for the rearranged fixture.

The Iron went into the game making one change from the team that beat Colchester United in the last match 11 days earlier, as Jem Karacan was replaced by Lewis Spence due to his arm/shoulder injury.

Getting underway in snowy conditions at the Sands Venue Stadium, the Iron held a good line in the opening exchanges and caught the Bantams offside twice.

On seven minutes, Junior Brown unleashed Devarn Green down the left as he beat his man. The cross was cleared, but Loft picked up the pieces and saw his shot blocked before Green’s effort was also blocked.

With 20 minutes gone, Eisa looked to get the better of two more Bradford players down the right channel, but this time the tackle was well-timed and the Iron had a throw.

On 22 minutes, the referee paused the game as the ground staff came on to clear the pitch of snow and three minutes later we were back underway.

With 29 minutes gone, Alfie Beestin latched onto a loose ball and shot from range with Ryan Loft heading the loose ball wide of the target before the referee halted play again to speak with the managers.

The players were then taken off the field of play just as the snow appeared to have eased off. The match was suspended for 15 minutes with the ground staff working to clear the surface.

United return to action on Saturday when they make the trip to take on Morecambe (3pm kick-off).

IRON: Howard, Taft, Onariase, Gilliead, Loft, Eisa, Brown, Green, Spence, Beestin, Rowe.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Bedeau, van Veen, Hallam, Howe, O'Malley, McAtee.

BRADFORD: Hornby. P O'Connor, Canavan, A O'Connor, Cooke, Vernam, Evans, Watt, Sutton, Wood, Cook.

BRADFORD SUBS NOT USED: Huffer, Pritchard, Donaldson, Stevens, Burrell, Cousin-Dawson, Crankshaw.

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