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Sunday, 16 July, 2000, 17:30 GMT
Windass at the double for Bradford
David Wetherall
David Wetherall clashes with RKC Waalwijk keeper Rob van Dyk
Bradford 2-0 RKC Waalwijk

A Dean Windass double saw Bradford secure a comfortable two-goal cushion to take into the second leg of their Intertoto Cup quarter final tie with RKC Waalwijk.

Chris Hutchings' side took a giant step closer to realising their dream of playing in the Uefa Cup as Windass took his tally in the competition to three in two games.

After a comprehensive 7-2 aggregate win over Lithuanian minnows FK Atlantas in the previous round, the Dutch side were expected to provide much tougher opposition.

True to form, Dutch cool and composure made life difficult for the Bantams in a frustrating first half.

Windass had Bradford's best chances, wasting two openings from identical positions after twice being picked out by skipper Stuart McCall.

McCall's chip over the defence put Windass clear after just six minutes but his right-foot volley clipped the stanchion behind the left-hand post.

Midway through the first half, Windass wasted another golden opportunity after McCall again picked him out, only for the striker to fire over the bar.

RKC, one of the competition's seeded teams, looked composed and in control, despite not having played a competitive game this season.

David Wetherall cleared a Yuri Cornelisse shot off the line and Matt Clarke was forced to tip over a dipping 20-yard effort from Rick Hoogendorp as the Dutch side threatened to bring Bradford's progress to a grinding halt.

But the game turned The Bantams' way shortly after half-time.

Lee Mills, the subject of a 1.2m move to Swindon, saw a shot bounce off Emmanuel Nwakire into the path of Windass, who looped a header over the outstretched arm of keeper Rob van Dyk.

A dreadful error by Peter Atherton gave Hoogendorp a glorious chance to equalise within two minutes, but Aidan Davidson, on as a half-time replacement for Clarke, made a superb stop.

Instead, Bradford made the game safe on 73 minutes as Windass made no mistake from the penalty spot after Nigerian full-back Nwakire had handled his initial drive.

Even then, Davison was forced to make a vital save low to his left in injury time to keep out Garry de Graef's free kick as Bradford moved to within a potential five games of a Uefa Cup spot.

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