Bradford (Park Avenue) remain unbeaten during pre-season and they secured the White Rose Cup with a 2-0 victory against Huddersfield Town Under 21’s at the Horsfall Stadium.
Two first half goals from Tom Corner and Lee Elam gave The Skrill North side an impressive win against Town who included Ian Bennett, Jon Stead and new signing Cristian Lopez in their starting line up.
The Avenue goalkeeper John Lamb was forced into an early save, denying Max Leonard from close range.
The home side responded and nearly took the lead. A cross from Lee Elam was met by Richard Marshall, but his chip from eight yards was caught by Bennett.
Four minutes later, John Deacey’s men took an early advantage. A clearance from the visitors was controlled by Charlie Clamp, and his overhead kick found Corner who scored the first goal of the game from 12 yards.
Before half time, the home side scored a second goal. Chib Chilaka delivered a low cross into the feet of Elam at the back post, and the number eleven’s shot struck the bottom of the post and into the net.
HALF TIME: BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) 2-0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN UNDER 21’S
After the break, the away side created several opportunities to try and find a way back into the game.
Town substitute Daniel Carr struck a powerful shot from 20 yards, but Lamb dived low to deny the striker.
Again, Leonard had a chance to score the first goal for his side, but Lamb was alert to produce another save from the midfielder.
With the Avenue struggling to get out of their own half, Town created another opportunity, but Lamb dived to push the ball over the bar from Lopez’s long range shot.
However, The Skrill North side grew in confidence and the Avenue supporters saw their team work the ball into the opposition half with exquisite football. However, Marshall was denied twice by Bennett, and the number ten could not control a cross that was delivered into the penalty area following a one-touch passing move.
Nevertheless, Mark Lillis and Steve Eyre’s men tried to score a consolation with two attempts on goal from Matt Crooks. Firstly, the Town midfielder saw a right-footed effort blocked on the line by Ross Daly from 14 yards.
Before the full time whistle, Adam Clayton was unable to stop Crooks, but the number eight struck a low shot against the bottom of the post.
FULL TIME: BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) 2-0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN UNDER 21’S
Richard Marshall with the White Rose Cup