A hat-trick from Achille Campion sealed victory for the Bantams against Bradford (Park Avenue) and retain the Tom Banks Memorial Trophy.
Campion, on trial with the Bantams, bagged two goals just before the break and was on the scoresheet again in the second half to complete his hat-trick.
Although the visitors were comfortable winners, the first half was open.
With only five minutes on the clock, the Avenue created the first chance. Former Bantam Joe Colbeck delivered a ball into the feet of Brad Barraclough, who, first time, played a lay-off to Chib Chilaka. The striker was left with just the goalkeeper to beat, but he was unable to keep his shot down from 12 yards.
It was then City’s turn to create an opportunity. Reggie Lambe played a through-ball behind the Avenue’s defence which was met by Campion. The Avenue defence appealed for offside but the official kept his flag down, leaving the striker one-on-one with Jon Maxted. Fortunately for the Avenue, Campion smashed his shot against the bar.
The home side hit the woodwork themselves. After a fine interception and pass from right-back Chris Howarth, the impressive Barraclough struck the ball from the edge of the box resulting in a full-length dive from ‘keeper Matt Urwin, who tipped the ball onto the post.
The deadlock was finally broken five minutes before the half time whistle. Lambe gathered the ball on the left before playing a perfectly timed ball for Campion, who was able to tap in from six yards.
With only seconds left in the first half, City doubled their lead with an almost identical goal. Substitute Danny Galbraith took the ball down the left wing and produced a fantastic cross for Campion to nod home.
After an eventful first half, the hosts changed formation in the hope of getting back into the game.
But, Campion completed his hat-trick to the delight of the travelling Bantams fans. Galbraith was involved in the build up again as he found space in midfield and carried the ball forward until placing a through-ball to Campion. The striker ran through on goal and scored by placing the ball underneath Maxted.
The Avenue trialist Josiah Donaldson came on late in the second half and created their final chance of the game. After bringing the ball down onto his left foot, he showed some nice skill to take the ball past the City defender, but Colbeck was unable to get on the end of the delivery.
Campion had one final chance before the full time whistle but his lob went over the bar from 14 yards.
The referee blew the final whistle and the Bantams retain the Tom Banks Memorial Trophy.
Bradford (Park Avenue): Maxted, Howarth, Drury (Miller 52), Kerr, Hewitt, Mallory, Chilaka (Donaldson 74), Hotte, Barraclough (Hamilton 70), James, Colbeck.
Subs: Morgan, Hume.
Bradford City: Urwin, Coulson, Meredith, Rodden, Bryan, Routis, Sheriff (Landu 68), Kennedy (Heaton 78), Campion, Clarkson (Galbraith 21), Lambe.
Subs all used.
Scorers: Campion (44), (45), (59).