Bradford (Park Avenue) 2-1 Corby Town

Bradford (Park Avenue) held off a late fightback from Corby Town to earn a narrow victory at the Horsfall Stadium.

Following an early inspection, the game was given the green light to kick off at 4pm. John Deacey made one change to his starting eleven as Danny Holland replaced Jordan Deacey, who missed out with illness. Also, Jamie Jackson returned to the bench for the Avenue, alongside assistant manager Mark Hume.

The first opportunity fell to the home side. A long kick from goalkeeper John Lamb was flicked on by striker Danny Holland into the path of his fellow team mate Tom Corner, but, his low shot was tipped wide by Steelmen stopper Paul Walker.

The Avenue continued their impressive start forcing a corner. The flag kick was delivered by midfielder Richard Marshall, and the clearance from the visitors’ defence fell back to the number four. After taking time to settle himself, his cross was met by Corner, only for Walker to produce an instinctive save from close range.

From the resulting corner, Bradford took the lead. Again, Marshall was on duty to deliver the set piece, and Alex Davidson found enough room to squirm a low effort from eight yards past the diving goalkeeper into the bottom corner.

Bradford doubled their lead after 30 minutes. The Avenue were looking to find their way past the Steelmen defence, and right back Michael Duckworth swung in a perfect cross for Corner, who diverted the ball past the goalkeeper from ten yards to score his second goal in two games.

Furthermore, John Deacey’s side were looking comfortable and came close to adding a third. Following some neat passing from left to right, Bradford winger Paul Walker delivered a teasing cross, and Holland struck the ball first time, but his powerful effort skimmed the crossbar from 14 yards.

Once more, the home side were looking to trouble the Steelmen. A clearance from Adam Clayton was picked up by Davidson, and his blocked effort was controlled by the goalscorer Corner, but, the striker fired his shot wide from 25 yards.

With half time approaching, Corner spurned another chance. Again, Duckworth provided a fine cross from the right wing, and Davidson’s shot struck the legs of Stefan Galinski, but, Corner’s left footed strike flew over the bar from ten yards.

HALF TIME: BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) 2-0 CORBY TOWN

After the break, the Avenue, somehow, failed to add to the scoreboard. A chipped pass from captain James Knowles was back heeled by Holland towards Walker, and after dribbling inside the box, his pull back was toe poked wide by Corner from close range.

Soon after, Corby Town breathed another sigh of relief. A free kick was flighted into the penalty area from Knowles, and the ball took a deflection from a Steelmen defender narrowly over the bar.

Chris Plummer’s men managed to get their first effort on goal. However, a free kick from substitute Avelino Vieira was lofted into the box, but, Nat Wedderburn could only strike the ball harmlessly over from 12 yards.

The Avenue were struggling to repeat their first half performance, as Corby Town were looking to find a way back into the game. Following an hour played, a corner from Marshall was cleared and picked up by left back Martin Drury, and his effort drifted wide from distance.

With the crowd growing frustrated, the away side were unable to make a good opportunity count. A free kick from Vieira was nodded wide by an unmarked Galinski from eight yards.

The visitors managed to reduce the deficit. A lovely move saw Tom McGowan dribble down the left wing, and his excellent cross was met by the sliding Ryan Semple at the back post to find the net from close range.

Shortly after their goal, the Steelmen troubled the Avenue again. After losing possession, Vieira got hold of the ball and laid the ball inside to substitute Marc Manga, but, his effort was saved by John Lamb.

However, Bradford were able to hold off their opponents to climb into ninth position in the Blue Square Bet North.

FULL TIME: BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) 2-1 CORBY TOWN

Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Duckworth, Drury, Marshall, Knowles (c), Clayton (Price 45), Davidson, Hotte, Corner (Savory 80), Holland (James 76), Walker.

Subs not used: Jackson, Hume.

Scorers: Davidson (16), Corner (30)

Corby Town: Walker, Ives (Manga 83), Crowe (c), Malone, Galinski, McGowan, Semple, Wedderburn, Ivey-Ward (Webb 59), Bryan (Vieira 59), Kaziboni.

Subs not used: Richardson, Harrison.

Bookings: Ives

Scorers: Semple (81)

Attendance: 285