HUDDERSFIELD FA Minor team failed to reach the semi-finals of WRCFA Minor Cup after suffering a heavy 5-1 defeat by derby rivals Bradford.
Huddersfield’s performance, however, didn’t deserve a loss of that magnitude.
Bradford settled quickly and opened the scoring on seven minutes when full-back Jack Koleszar played a one-two on the edge of the Huddersfield box before squeezing the ball between goalkeeper Wilkinson’s legs.
An equaliser almost came in the 14th minute when Daniel Carr tried to find David Pearson but his through ball was just too far in front of him.
Huddersfield were beginning to get on top but failed to capitalise. Ben Burnett picked out Alex Thomas and his shot on the turn was on target but the Bradford keeper pulled off a great save.
On 27 minutes another chance came Huddersfield’s way. Josh Rogers’ shot was parried and Pearson reacted the quickest but his shot from a narrow angle went over the crossbar.
But Bradford increased their lead on 40 minutes following a purple patch by Glynn Hirst.
He had a chance on 37 minutes but fired over when well-placed, another effort struck the foot of a post, before he crossed from the goalline and the ball was deflected into his own net by Bryn Green.
Huddersfield still had plenty of possession and nearly pulled one back on the stroke of half-time, when Pearson rounded the keeper but his shot from a tight angle struck the upright.
The second half was similar to the first in that both sides played good attacking football with chances at both ends, but the goal that settled the game came on 60 minutes when a long free-kick from Bradford’s Jonathan Dunn deceived the Huddersfield keeper and dropped into the net.
Substitute Liam Tattersall reduced the deficit to 3-1 with a calmly placed shot on 70 minutes but there was to be no comeback when two further goals from Hirst and Woodward gave Bradford a deserved but somewhat flattering victory.