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21:45 6th November 2009

Notts County 2-1 Bradford City

Fans left Meadow Lane with a tinge of FA Cup fever after the Magpies progressed into the second round with a 2-1 win over League Two rivals Bradford City. Hans Backe decided to field a changed side from the one that drew 1-1 with Shrewsbury on Saturday. Russell Hoult, Ricky Ravenhill, Neal Bishop, Karl Hawley, Jamie Clapham, Stephen Hunt and Ade Akinbiyi were all handed a start. One of these, Karl Hawley, opened the scoring for the Magpies moments before the break. A series of blocks by Bradford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood and his backline eventually led to Hawley finding space to open up his body and fire the ball into the bottom-left corner. Johnnie Jackson doubled Notts' lead within a minute of the restart when he slid the ball just inside the post, beyond the reach of the outstretched Eastwood. Boulding pulled one back for the visitors when the Notts defence failed to handle a long ball. As one of two strikers chasing the loose ball, he found time to prod the ball past the approaching Hoult. County held out for the win and now go into the second round draw, which will take place on Sunday, November 8 at 3.35pm. The draw will be broadcasted live on ITV1. More to follow... By Ralph Shepherd Hans Backe picked up his first win as Notts County manager after his side reached the second stage of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over League Two rivals Bradford City. Backe had made several changes. Kasper Schmeichel, Graeme Lee and Lee Hughes were all carrying knocks and were rested, while Russell Hoult, Ricky Ravenhill and Stephen Hunt were all given a chance to impress. Ade Akinbiyi was handed his full debut. Notts started the brighter and good link-up play between Akinbiyi and Hawley allowed Matt Ritchie to get a shot away. His effort ricocheted back off him following a block and skimmed wide of the post. Notts could have had a penalty when Akinbiyi used great strength and determination to fire a low cross into the feet of his strike partner, Karl Hawley. The former Preston man held the ball expertly with instant control and turned his man. Following some clever footwork he appeared to have been brought down with the goal gaping, but no penalty was given. The ball was eventually cleared into the path of Akinbiyi whose cross from the right clipped the bar. Moments later a superb quick passing move eventually freed roaming midfielder Ben Davies who struck a low drive narrowly past the far post, nearly catching out City goalkeeper Simon Eastwood. The Magpies were getting to grips with the game and taking control. The midfield of Ravenhill and Jackson were particularly instrumental in keeping possession. This time the ball was worked out to Stephen Hunt who charged up the field and unleashed a similar shot to Davies minutes before. Once again Notts were unlucky not to take the lead. Backe's decision to select Hoult was justified when the tall goalkeeper made a fantastic save, flying to his left after Evans had broken free. Mike Edwards mistimed his challenge, which sent Evans racing clear, but his powerful shot was pushed wide. With five minutes remaining County missed another chance. Davies and Jackson once again provided, but the former Colchester United captain decided play the ball into Hawley. His misplaced centre fell to Matt Ritchie who struck well with his left boot. However, Eastwood was once again at hand to save well. Eastwood was then forced into action once more, this time tipping Jackson's header expertly round the post. He was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers. Notts did score a deserved goal in injury time. Ravenhill's double shot was blocked on both occasions and it fell to Hawley who shot through a number of players to nestle the ball into the bottom corner. The first attack of the second-half saw the Magpies double their lead. Midfielder Jackson turned two defenders inside and out before striking powerfully past Eastwood. It was a fantastic piece of solo skill and it was his second goal of the season. Fans in the Pavis Stand were singing: "We want five". The Kop cheekily asked him if he remembered the opening day win. The game once again turned scrappy after a bizarre couple of decisions by the referee. First he missed the late challenge from Hunt and then, when Matt Ritchie went down injured, he failed to call on the Notts physio. With ten minutes remaining City were back in the tie when a long ball caught out the Magpies defence. The ball fell kindly to the former Mansfield striker Michael Boulding who neatly lifted the ball past the onrushing Hoult. It was real end-to-end stuff with newly introduced substitute Luke Rodgers at the heart of Notts' flowing football. His delightful chip to the back post looked to have set up Hawley for his second but he was unable to connect. In injury time Davies was unlucky not to wrap the win up after Delroy Facey neatly threaded the ball through to him. Eastwood once again saved well. The minutes ran down and it was Notts who progressed into the second round the FA Cup. Ultimately Notts scored at the right time in the game to kill the tie off. Attendance: 4,213 (493 away supporters) AMP Electrical Distributors LTD Man of the Match: Johnnie Jackson Notts County: Russell Hoult, Matt Ritchie (Westcarr 77), Mike Edwards, Ricky Ravenhill, Neal Bishop (Capt), Ben Davies, Karl Hawley (Facey 90), Jamie Clapham, Stephen Hunt, Johnnie Jackson, Ade Akinbiyi (Rodgers 80). Substitutes: Kevin Pilkington, John Thompson, Matt Hamshaw, Luke Rodgers, Craig Westcarr, Delroy Facey, Daniel Jones. Yellow Cards: Edwards (79), Davies (89) Bradford City: Simon Eastwood, Luke O'Brien, Michael Flynn, Zesh Rehman (Capt), Lee Bullock, Gareth Evans (Osourne 45), Steve Williams, Jonathan Bateson, James Hanson, James O'Brien (M Boulding 54), Scott Neilson. Substitutes: Jon McLaughlin, Michael Boulding, Rory Boulding, Leon Osbourne, Luke Sharry, Rory Carson, Louis Horne. Yellow Cards: Luke O'Brien (16), James O'Brien (19), Bullock (87), Neilson (89)
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