Bradford (Park Avenue) have failed to win in any of their previous five league fixtures, and lost 2-1 to Colwyn Bay at the Horsfall Stadium.
The visitors took the lead as Jamie Ellison slotted home with a right-footed finish from 12 yards. But, seven minutes later, the Avenue equalised as Paul Beesley, who was recalled to the starting eleven, managed to toe-poke the ball towards goal, clipping the post and over the line according to the linesman. After the half-time whistle, the Seagulls sealed the victory, as Marc Williams met Rob Hopley’s cross to nod the ball into the bottom corner.
John Deacey’s men, without a win since 20 January, started well in the early stages of the games. Their hard work almost paid off as Jordan Deacey exchanged passes with Richard Marshall on the right before slipping an intelligent ball to Beesley, who fired directly at Chris Sanna in the Seagulls goal.
Martin Drury’s goal line heroics saved Avenue from conceding the first goal after a dangerous corner from Sean Williams found Hopley, but his glancing header was headed away by the left-back.
Then, Colwyn Bay took the lead. A neat pass from Sean Williams was scooped back to the midfielder by Rob Hopley. Williams’ strike was deflected into the path of winger Jamie Ellison who slotted home from 12 yards.
Rallied by their opener, Colwyn Bay pushed for the second and went close as Sean Williams curled a 20 yard effort that had Lamb beaten before sailing just wide of the post.
Moments before the break, the lively striker Beesley collected a Deacey flick and stretched to chip a delicate shot over Sanna, that trickled in off the post, as the linesman waved his flag to signal the ball had crossed the line.
It was the away side that came out from half time the stronger of the two teams creating a number of early chances, the best of which falling to Hopley who found himself one on one after a defence splitting through ball from Sean Williams. But, the striker’s touch allowed Lamb to rush out and steal the ball from his feet with a superbly timed interception.
Having scored the equaliser, Beesley then went close to giving his side the lead as he lashed a powerful volley inches over the bar.
In an attempt to bolster his attacking options on the pitch, John Deacey replaced Marshall and Beesley with the duo of Danny Glover and Ross Gardner. The changes made an instant impact as Paul Walker ran through on goal with a charging run from the left. But, Sanna stood up to the winger in the Colwyn Bay goal and managed to block the strike from 14 yards.
Moments later, the Seagulls went on the attack, as Hopley broke down the right before cutting back on to his left foot to deliver an inch perfect cross to Marc Williams, who powered a header past Lamb, as the goalkeeper could only watch on as the ball nestled in the corner.
The Avenue captain Nathan Hotte went close to stealing a last minute point for his side with a fortuitous goal. An attempted clearance from the Seagulls’ defence struck the legs of the midfielder, but the ball drifted wide of the post from close range.
The Avenue manager, John Deacey, praised the performance of Frank Sinclair’s men but felt the game could have gone differently had his men taken their chances:
“Today wasn’t a good performance by us to be honest. I felt Colwyn Bay were sharper to the ball all round the park. We were sloppy in silly areas. Saying that, we missed a great chance to go 2-1 up and then 30 seconds later they scored.”
Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Black, Drury, Marshall (Glover 58), Price, Qualter, Deacey, Hotte (capt), Beesley (Gardner 69), Boshell (Howarth 32), Walker.
Subs not used: Chilaka, Maxfield.
Scorer: Beesley (34)
Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Taylor, Lea (Smyth 18), Stephens, Royle, Tolley (Crowther 76), Evans (Bailey-Jones 58), S Williams, Hopley (capt), M. Williams, Ellison.
Subs not used: Clark, Darkwah.
Scorers: Ellison (27), M. Williams (74)