Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Harrogate Town and Bradford City square off against each other at EnviroVent Stadium on day 12 of the new League Two campaign. The Sulphurites made a promising start to the season, but they do not seem to be at their sharpest at the moment, with the team collecting only one point in total from the last five league fixtures. The good news for the hosts is that Stephen Dooley has overcome his injury, but all Will Smith, Max Wright, and George Thompson should remain in the recovery room.
The Bantams, on the other hand, aim to stay in top seven, and seeing that they defeated both Hartlepool (3-1) and Tranmere (2-1) in the previous two away games, we are tempted to put our money on Mark Hughes’ charges. Brad Halliday is back to contention after serving his one-game ban in Bradford’s 2-2 draw with AFC Wimbledon.
Highlighted Player (Mark Oxley):
Born in Sheffield, England, on the 2nd of June, 1990, Oxley's football journey started as a Rotherham youth product. The English International signed his first professional contract with the Millers in 2007 but failed to make a single appearance for the club during that season.
The following season, he signed for Hull City, who, in turn, sent him out on successive loans to clubs like Walsall, Grimbsy Town, Oldham Athletic, and Hibernian. The 6ft 3-inch goalkeeper's professional debut meanwhile, came on the 27th of February, 2010, playing for Grimbsy in a 2-0 away loss to Dagenham in League Two. Oxley's performance during his six-month loan period with Hibernian earned him a permanent deal. He signed a two-year contract starting with the club in July 2015. In his time at the Scottish outfit, he made 90 appearances and kept 35 clean sheets. Oxley then joined his current club Southend in July 2016 on an initial two-year deal.
He had a fantastic first season, winning both fans' player of the year and players' player of the year awards. As of August 2018, Oxley has signed a contract extension and also got given the captain's armband. On the International forefront, the 29-year-old is a former youth International having capped once for England at the under-18 level.