Bradley Reserves 4
Skipton Town Reserves 3
Bradley leapfrogged Skipton into third place in Division Four of the Craven League with a best-of-seven-goals win.
Skipton started brightly with early attacks testing Bradley full-backs. Ed Horner and Ross Clegg, who made some important tackles.
The first goal came from a corner, with Chris Hogg volleying home.
Bradley were in control of the game, passing the ball about on a deteriorating pitch, but the visitors were handed a life line when the referee gave a penalty to the disappointment of Bradley’s bench.
Shane Dwyer calmly sent keeper Vincent Grant the wrong way to level the game.
Skipton, now with the momentum and extra confidence from the goal, made it two shortly after with Ross Greenwood controlling the ball well from a long ball before nutmegging the onrushing Grant and passing the ball into an empty net.
The game turned Into a midfield battle with few chances but Bradley equalised five minutes before half-time from yet another set-piece with Jim Ayrton curling the ball into the far corner of the goal, straight from a corner kick to make it 2-2 at half-time.
Both midfields battled hard to try to get the ball for their team and it was Bradley who broke through from a cross-cum-shot from Liam Wheeler that forced the keeper to make a save. Unfortunately for him, the ball landed at the feet of Oli Chambers and he made no mistake from four yards out.
Town responded brilliantly within only a matter of minutes and made it 3-3 when Ross Greenwood fired home.
The game became more like a tennis game with a barrage of long balls from both teams, due to the very boggy centre of the pitch.
But it was Bradley who grabbed the winner from a long kick upfield by the keeper to Chambers.
He found a yard of space and drilled in a cross for Wheeler to bundle the ball home.
Bradley held out for the last 15 minutes with some super tackling from Tom Rooke and Horner giving them three more points in their promotion chase.
Bradley Reserves 4