Bradford (Park Avenue) 0-5 Oxford City

The Avenue suffered their fifth successive defeat, as Oxford City score five unanswered goals at the Horsfall Stadium.

The Avenue went into the match on the back of four defeats, but were determined to get back to winning ways.

But it was the visitors who broke the deadlock to take an early lead. A corner from Ander Del Alamo was nodded home by the unmarked centre-back Jose Lapoujade from six yards.

Soon after, the Avenue created their first opportunity of the evening but were unable to equalise, as Brad Barraclough’s shot went narrowly wide of the post.

Minutes later, the hosts came close again to levelling the score. A deep corner from Paul Walker was well met by the head of captain Nathan Hotte, but his header went just wide.

With just minutes left of the first half, play was stopped as the referee had to leave the pitch to receive medical treatment. After finding a replacement official the game continued. Oxford City upped the pressure as Adi Yussuf came close to doubling the visitors’ lead, but the Avenue’s defence were quick to deny the striker his first goal of the evening.

Seconds before the break, the away side were awarded a penalty. Recent Avenue arrival Luke O’Brien brought down Yussuf in the penalty box and the referee blew his whistle to point to the penalty spot. But, the striker failed to hit the target, sending the ball wide of the post.

At half time, the score stood at Bradford (Park Avenue) 0 Oxford City 1.

After the break, the Avenue nearly equalised as Barraclough capitalised on a defensive error, but his left-footed effort was cleared off the line.

Then, Justin Merritt’s side extended their advantage. Substitute Tom Winters found space in the middle of the pitch and unleashed a powerful 30 yard strike past goalkeeper John Lamb.

Soon after, Winters scored his second goal of the game. A fine cross from Darren Pond was met by the winger who slid the ball home to give his side a 3-0 lead.

Twelve minutes later, the visitors’ dominance was rewarded with a fourth goal. A powerful effort from Javi Rodriquez was pushed away by Lamb, but substitute Felipe Barcelos was alert to the loose ball and fired home the rebound from close range.

The Avenue nearly scored a consolation, but Walker’s late effort flew wide of the post from 16 yards.

Seconds before the full time whistle, the visitors pushed forward once more and Lewis Wilson netted Oxford City’s fifth goal ensuring all three points went back to Oxfordshire.

Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Black, O’Brien, Price, Qualter, James (Colbeck 57), Marshall (Frost 68), Hotte (c), Barraclough, Kerr, Walker.

Subs not used: Howarth, Rea, Priestley.

Bookings: Price, Marshall, Hotte, Kerr,

Oxford City: Scott, Benjamin, Stonehouse, Pond, Lapoujade, Santiago, Hoban (Winters 55), Del Alamo, Yussuf, Todriquez, Issaac.

Sub not used: Green.

Scorers: Lapoujade (9), Winters (59);(60), Barcelos (72), Wilson (90+1)

Attendance: 305