Wells Scores Twice, Bradford Wembley Bound

May 5, 2013

nahki wells bradford[Updated] Bermuda’s Nahki Wells powered in two goals today [May 5] to drive Bradford City to a 3-1 victory against at Burton Albion, sending Bradford to the famed Wembley Stadium for the League 2 play-offs.

Overcoming a 3-2 first leg deficit, the Nahki Wells double and a goal from strike partner James Hanson sensationally booked Bradford’s place at Wembley for the second time this season.

Wells, the leading scorer for Bradford, scored in the 26th minute and 57th minute of today’s game, taking his goal tally to 25 this season — doubling his total from last season.

This will be the second trip to Wembley this year for the 22-year-old Bermudian, following Bradford’s appearance in February in the Capital One Cup Final.

He joins an elite group of footballers to play in the iconic stadium, including Bermuda’s own Shaun Goater and Kyle Lightbourne.

Bradford will return to Wembley for the final on May 18 where they will play either Cheltenham or Northampton, who play the second leg of their semi-final today. The winner of that match will be promoted to League 1.

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson told BBC Sport: “I thought the front two were unplayable today. We thought we’d change one or two things slightly to put them right up the pitch and it nullified them.”

He added: “Nahki’s second goal was a real goalscorer’s effort and Hanson’s strike was a Premier League finish. His overall play is getting better and better.”

You can see photos of Wells celebrating his goal here and here.

Update 8.49pm: Wells and Bradford will face Northampton in the final, following their victory over Cheltenham this evening. Wells has a very solid record when facing Northampton, having scored in four out of the last five games against them. In April 2012, he scored a hat-trick while playing against Northampton.

Update May 6, 7.24am: Speaking to the Telegraph and Argus, Wells said: “Twenty five is the exact number I set out for myself to score at the beginning of the season so I’m delighted to reach it. But I know there are more to come yet. I’ve got two more in my locker – I’ll save them for Wembley.

“I’ve scored against Northampton already so I’m confident that I can do it again and help us get promoted. It’s a big occasion, not only for myself but all the players. It’s been a phenomenal season and we all deserve it.

“Promotion would do that for everyone. That’s the most important thing. We need to keep climbing the leagues and we’ve given ourselves a good chance to start that.”

“It’s been a long journey. A few weeks back, we were sitting 11th or 12th in the table and had almost written off our season. But the manager’s done well, he regrouped us. We got over the loss to Swansea in the cup final and turned our season around.”

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  1. Ole says:

    Is there a better sports person in Bermuda?

    I think not!

  2. andre says:

    Well Done!

  3. Malachi says:

    This guy is like the Energizer Bunny – he just keeps on going!

    Well done Sir!

  4. Truth (Original) says:

    So so gifted. Well done Nahki !

  5. Raymond Ray says:

    All’s well when given to, “De Wells” :-) He is a mix between Jamaica’s Allen “Skill” Cole and Bermudas Shaun “The Goat” Goater…This bie is going places :-)

  6. Pablo says:

    Congratulations Mr. Wells! Wishing you much success with the playoff final and hoping you gain promotion to League 1. Stay hungry and the rewards will come. Northampton is yours; you did it once and I believe you can repeat it(it’s in the cards,hat-trick once more)!