Bradford (Park Avenue) suffered a narrow defeat to Colwyn Bay at the Horsfall Stadium in the Blue Square Bet North.
After the half time whistle, the Seagulls’ captain Robert Hopley and Shelton Payne scored two goals for Frank Sinclair’s men to give the visitors the lead. However, a fine right footed effort from Ross Daly gave the home side hope of earning at least a point. But, the Avenue were unable to trouble Chris Sanna, and Colwyn Bay held on for a fifth consecutive victory.
Following the defeat to Bishop’s Stortford, John Deacey named five substitutes on the bench, and replaced Aiden Savory with Matty James in the number seven shirt.
The Avenue started well, with midfielder Jordan Deacey at the centre of their attack. The number ten, confident from his goal against Altrincham, was hoping to reproduce a similar effort, but dragged his effort side from 20 yards.
Bradford continued their good start and nearly scored the opening goal. A corner delivered by Deacey was met by Jamie Price, but his header was cleared off the line by Ben McKenna. From the clearance, Paul Walker struck a powerful effort from the edge of the box which was deflected wide for another corner.
However, the visitors seemed to cope with the attacking threat of Bradford, and came close to taking the lead from a corner. An inswinging cross from Michael Lea was nodded wide by the unmarked Seagulls’ captain Robert Hopley from eight yards.
Once more, the away side troubled the Avenue with a free kick. A quick delivery from midfielder Shelton Payne caused problems for Bradford, but goalkeeper John Lamb did well to keep the ball out of the net at his near post.
HALF TIME: BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) 0-0 COLWYN BAY
After half time, Frank Sinclair’s men took the lead. A long ball from Lea was picked up by Hopley, who managed to beat the offside trap and the striker lifted the ball over Lamb from 16 yards.
Shortly after, the Seagulls nearly extended their advantage. The Avenue failed to clear another through ball, and Lamb was alert to punch the ball away from the feet of Hopley.
Despite conceding, the Avenue were searching for an equaliser. A corner from Deacey was punched by Seagulls goalkeeper Chris Sanna into the feet of Michael Duckworth. Following good work from the right back, his left footed effort was saved by Sanna.
After the hour played, the away side were unable to score a second goal from a good opportunity. The Seagulls’ managed to pass the ball to Payne who cut inside Adam Clayton, and the midfielder was one on one with Lamb, but fired his right footed shot over the bar.
Nonetheless, the Avenue did not find the back of the net. Bradford captain Nathan Hotte delivered a low cross across the box, and the loose ball was struck by Paul Walker against the post from ten yards.
To the delight of the travelling Colwyn Bay supporters, their side added a second goal. With the home side unable to get the ball away from danger, Payne managed to curl the ball past Lamb into the bottom corner from ten yards.
However, the West Yorkshire side managed to score and set up a tense finish at the Horsfall Stadium. A cross from Hotte found its way to Ross Daly inside the penalty area, and the midfielder did well to direct his right footed effort into the bottom corner.
As the game was approaching its end, Duckworth nearly equalised with a solo effort. The youngster ran with the ball past several Seagulls’ players, but was unable to keep his left footed strike down from 20 yards.
FULL TIME: BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) 1-2 COLWYN BAY
Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Duckworth, Price (Baker 61), Marshall, Ryan, Clayton, James, Hotte (c), Daly, Deacey, Walker.
Subs not used: Holland, Savory, Davidson, Hume.
Scorers: Daly (78)
Bookings: James, Deacey
Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Smyth (Taylor 67), Lea, Sinclair, Meadowcroft, Crowther, McKenna, Payne (Evans 69), Hopley (c), Ellison, Joyce (Ennis 72).
Subs not used: McLachlan, Moore.
Scorers: Hopley (53); Payne (66)