Bradford (Park Avenue) secured a comfortable victory against Vauxhall Motors at the Horsfall Stadium.
Two first half goals from Richard Marshall and Tom Corner, who scored his first goal for Bradford, was enough to end the Motormen’s unbeaten eight match run.
In the opening quarter of the game, both sides seemed to cancel each other out, with no attempts on goal. The pitch, deemed playable after an afternoon inspection was cutting up badly, affecting the style of football on display.
The first effort on goal was created by the home side. A driving run from right back Michael Duckworth saw him dribble past three players, and his pull back was struck first time by midfielder Nathan Hotte from close range, only for the Motormen stopper Craig Ellison to divert the ball wide with his feet.
A minute later, the Avenue regained possession, and the ball found its way into the feet of Duckworth, who saw his low shot saved by Ellison from ten yards.
Again, John Deacey’s men threatened the visitors goal, as winger Alex Davidson received the ball from striker Tom Corner, but, his powerful right footed effort drifted wide from 25 yards.
However, the away side nearly punished Bradford for a lack of concentration, as Craig Mahon was set free from a through ball, but, his first touch saw the ball go out of play with John Lamb approaching the winger.
Then, Bradford opened the scoring. A flighted corner from Jordan Deacey was not cleared by the visitors, and striker Tom Corner got in front of the goalkeeper, to lay the ball off into the path of Richard Marshall, and the number four converted from close range.
Five minutes before the break, Craig Ellison denied the Avenue a second goal. Bradford, looking confident in the lead, attacked down the right wing, and, after a lovely cross from Deacey to Davidson, the winger’s shot was destined for the net, only for Ellison to produce a fine diving save.
The second goal arrived for Bradford. Following good work in the centre of the pitch by Marshall, his inside pass was controlled by Corner, and the young striker fired a low shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner.
HALF TIME: BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) 2-0 VAUXHALL MOTORS
After half time, the game started in a similar fashion to that of the first half. Despite holding a two goal cushion, the Avenue were unable to get an effort on goal.
Due to their inability to score their third, Carl Macauley’s men fought their way back into the game, and troubled John Lamb in the Bradford goal.
A free kick was awarded by referee Neil Sharp, as the Avenue defender Adam Clayton brought down Ashley Stott. From the set piece, Burns’ left footed strike was tipped over by the Bradford goalkeeper.
Shortly after, the Motormen were unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet. The team in yellow and green created an opening, and striker Tom Rutter saw a close range shot expertly saved by Lamb, but, the rebound from Burns was not accurate, hitting the side netting from five yards.
John Deacey spotted the need to make a double change as Danny Holland replaced goalscorer Tom Corner. Also, Aiden Savory was handed his second debut for the home side, coming on for the other goalscorer Richard Marshall.
Immediately after the substitution, the Avenue’s first opportunity of the second half skimmed the post. A flag kick from Deacey was met by James Knowles, who out-jumped his marker, but, headed wide from ten yards.
The game started to stretch as the visitors were searching for a way back into the game. However, the impressive Nathan Hotte charged down the Motormen defence, and his inside pass to Davidson, was struck wide from 12 yards.
Somehow, the away side failed to hit the back of the net. A fine corner delivery from Burns was struck on the half volley from Rutter, and connected well with the ball, only for his right footed effort to cannon off the crossbar from 15 yards.
FULL TIME: BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) 2-0 VAUXHALL MOTORS
Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Duckworth, Drury, Marshall (Savory 73), Knowles (c), Clayton, Davidson, Hotte, Corner (Holland 73), Deacey (Daly 86), Walker.
Subs not used: Price, James.
Bookings: Clayton, Hotte, Knowles, Davidson
Scorers: Marshall (34), Corner (43)
Vauxhall Motors: Ellison, Wainwright, Barnes (Kocsis 63), Hannigan (c), Nicholas, Noone, Mahon, Anoruo, Rutter, Stott, Burns.
Subs not used: Moss, Martindale, Wright.
Bookings: Noone, Burns