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Saturday, 31 August, 2002, 16:39 GMT 17:39 UK
Bradford 4-2 Rotherham

An Ashley Ward brace helped earn Bradford three dramatic points in a scintillating Yorkshire derby against Rotherham at Valley Parade.

The home side appeared to be cruising with a 3-0 lead but an inspired triple substitution from Millers boss Ronnie Moore dragged the visitors right back into the contest.

Richard Barker and Mark Robins both came off the bench to drag the score back to 3-2.

However, with five minutes to go, the visitors' spirited fightback was ended when Ward scored his second goal of the afternoon to seal the points.

Michael Proctor carved out Bradford's first chance of the game shortly afterwards, but his 18-yard strike went just past goalkeeper Mike Pollitt's post.

Nicky Law's men were gradually asserting their authority on the contest, and it was no surprise when they fashioned the opening goal of the game after 23 minutes.

Some good work from Andy Myers on the left wing earned Ward his first goal of the season as the marksman headed past the helpless Pollitt from six yards.

Bradford doubled their lead courtesy of a strike from defender Gus Uhlenbeek.

An intelligent pass from loan-signing Proctor found Uhlenbeek who despatched a ferocious six-yard strike past Pollitt.

Grandstand finish

And just nine minutes later, Law's side were seemingly in the comfort zone as the visitors capitulated.

A pinpoint delivery from Ward on the right by-line found the impressive Proctor who made no mistake from close range.

Richie Barker, Mark Robins and Nicholas Daws were all brought into a faltering Rotherham attack after 67 minutes.

And this had the desired effect as Barker cut Rotherham's deficit to two.

A delightful ball from Paul Warne found the head of the Millers substitute who scored from all of 18-yards.

With eight minutes remaining, Rotherham set up a grandstand finish as Robins added a second.

An aggressive strike from Robert Scott forced Davison into the save but Robins was on hand to exhibit his renowned predatory instincts and tucked away the rebound from close range.

However, Ward eased Bradford supporters' nerves and earned his side three points with his second goal of the afternoon.


Bradford: Davison, Uhlenbeek, Bower, Molenaar, Myers, Gray, Evans, Standing, Cadamarteri, Proctor, Ward. Subs: Banks, Jacobs, Jorgensen, Juanjo, Forrest.

Rotherham: Pollitt, Scott, McIntosh, Swailes, Hurst, Sedgwick, Mullin, Garner, Warne, Byfield, Lee. Subs: Gray, Richard Barker, Daws, Beech, Robins.

Referee: P Joslin (Nottinghamshire).

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