Bradford (Park Avenue) recorded their first 0-0 draw of the season with a stalemate against Vauxhall Motors at the Horsfall Stadium.
The Avenue’s winless streak extends to four games and remain in 14th position in The Skrill North.
After a tight opening twenty minutes, the first sight on goal fell to the Avenue striker Danny Glover following a charging run from Paul Walker into the area, but the number eleven was only able to fire over a first time volley from 10 yards.
Glover’s attempt seemed to spark much needed life into the home side as they quickly created another opportunity. Captain Nathan Hotte chased down a hopeful Richard Marshall through ball, but was cautioned for his efforts after lunging in on Motormen goalkeeper Zac Jones who did well to pounce on the pass.
Moments later, the influential Glover was involved again as the Avenue squandered two more chances to take the lead going into the break. The ex Worcester City man did well to rise to Chib Chilaka’s deep cross, but miscued his header in front of goal before lashing an early low cross across the six yard line, narrowly avoiding the outstretched leg of Walker.
Half time saw the arrival of Jamie Price and the creative Jimmy Eyles replacing the injured duo Jordan Deacey and Adam Clayton.
Shortly after the break, Chilaka skipped round the keeper and tapped in only for the linesman to wave his flag for offside.
The Avenue’s failure to capitalise on their chances was almost punished as the impressive Steven Tames broke for the visitors, turning Grant Black inside and out before taking a heavy touch, allowing John Lamb to make a vital interception just yards from goal.
Tames then produced a dipping volley from 20 yards, which looked destined for the top corner, but the ball narrowly flew over the bar.
With just stoppage time to play, John Deacey’s men pushed for the winner, but the visitors remained strong at the back and rallied to earn a well-deserved point.
The Avenue manager John Deacey was disappointed with his team’s performance but praised the efforts of Carl Macauley’s men:
“We were second to every ball towards the end of the second half. Vauxhall Motors deserved to win the game, not just get a point. In all areas of the park they were better. We were lacklustre, we made the wrong decisions and we were not sharp enough on the ball. A poor performance.”