Denaby Utd – Denaby 2 Bradford City Res 3 – Ragged Attack – Denaby Forward Failing

March 1935

South Yorkshire Times March 8, 1935

Ragged Attack
Denaby Forward Failing
Denaby 2, Bradford 3

Bradford City just about deserved to win this game by the odd goal because of their extra snap and polish.

Denaby fought stoutly and made a gallant effort to save a point in the closing stages, but their attack was never effective enough to trouble the experience Bradford city defenders.
It was not a great game, the redeeming feature from the Denaby point of view being the continued improvement of young Taylor in goal.

He showed admirable judgement in running out on several occasions and brought off a number of very good saves. Matt Taylor and Hinsley were the only other Denaby players to distinguish themselves, though McPhail put some good shots which would have been better still if they had been more power behind them, and also schemed tirelessly in an attempt to find a way through a singularity stubborn defence.

The forward line was too ragged, but there was some improvement when Ellis went to inside right with W Smith on the wing in the closing stages.

Bradford City had a most elusive and dangerous centre forward in Pateman and a winger who was not frightened to show in Turner, while on the other flank Jimmy Clark the former Mexborough player, (who by the way does it seem to have grown any) was difficult to hold, and had a partner in Bruce.

There was not a weak link in the visiting defence, Sanderson and Horton being particularly sound back while Moore was outstanding at halfback, helping as much in the attack as in the defence.

There was no score in the first half though both goals had narrow escapes and Pateman made one very bad miss. Bradford City got two quick goals on the resumption, Pateman and Woodruff finding a way through the Denaby defence. Pateman added a third with another swift burst and then in a desperate finish W Smith and Lowe finished two all in Denaby attacks.