Bradford (Park Avenue) continued their impressive form during their pre-season, defeating an inexperienced Bradford City outfit at the Horsfall Stadium.
The home side were without Adam Clayton, Danny Holland and Jamie Jackson for the pre-season friendly.
However, the visitors were denied within two minutes, as City’s midfielder Tom Bott saw two headers from close range saved by Tim Deasy, making his home debut for the Avenue.
But, the Blue Square North side responded with an attack of their own. The winger Alex Davidson appeared to enjoy himself down the left wing, and his cross into the penalty area was missed by Richard Marshall from five yards.
After ten minutes, the City fans nearly saw their new striker open the scoring, but Alan Connell’s fine shot from 12 yards dragged wide of the far post.
But, it was the Avenue that took the lead. A fine piece of skill from Matty James set the striker to thread a pass into the path of Alex Davidson, and after dribbling past Marc Gallego, the winger pulled the ball back to Rob O’Brien, who struck a powerful shot past Matt Duke from 12 yards.
Only three minutes later, City nearly levelled the scores as Garry Thompson picked the ball up, 20 yards from goal, but could only strike the ball narrowly wide of Tim Deasy’s far post.
The home side created a stunning move, which failed to bring a second goal. The Avenue midfielder Nathan Hotte opened the field out with a diagonal pass to left back Martin Drury, but, his cross was headed wide by Richard Marshall from close range.
Immediately after, the League 2 side were awarded a penalty. City’s trialist was brought down in the box by James Knowles, and Garry Thompson sent Deasy the wrong way to equalise.
After 35 minutes, the Avenue took the lead again. The impressive run of Alex Davidson was rewarded, as his cross with the outside of the right boot, was volleyed into the top corner by Matty James from 12 yards.
Before the break, both sides continued to create opportunities, but failed to make a further impact on the scoreboard.
Half Time: Bradford (Park Avenue) 2-1 Bradford City
The crowd were being entertained, and the second half continued as the first half finished.
The away side pushed forward, putting pressure on the Avenue defence, but City’s trialist saw his chipped effort from eight yards, tipped by the hand of Deasy, and furthermore, cleared off the line by James Knowles.
With both John Deacey and Phil Parkinson making substitutions, the second half was a chance for many to impress.
Once again, Richard Marshall failed to find the net after the hour. The striker was unable to meet Davidson’s low cross fom five yards, but, had another opportunity as Paul Walker’s angled pass found Marshall, who could only see his second effort saved by Matt Duke.
With 15 minutes remaining, City’s substitute Adam Baker found himself through on goal from 30 yards. However, as he approached the goal, Deasy came out to the edge of the box, and made a fine save from Baker’s low shot from 18 yards.
Nevertheless, a minute later, Bradford (Park Avenue) went on the attack, and scored their third and final goal. Matt Dempsey picked out Paul Walker with a long ball, and the Avenue striker passed inside to Jordan Deacey, and the 18 year old struck the ball from ten yards, past Matt Duke.
With less than five minutes remaining, City tried to get back into the game, but, Louie Swann’s strong shot from 18 yards was well saved by Deasy, keeping the ball away from any danger.
Further to this, Rob O’Brien nearly scored his second of the evening, receiving Deacey’s inside pass, but, somehow, the midfielder’s effort skimmed the far post from ten yards.
The final whistle was blown, and the Avenue remain unbeaten in seven pre-season friendlies.
Full Time: Bradford (Park Avenue) 3-1 Bradford City
Bradford (Park Avenue): Deasy, Duckworth, Drury, O’Brien, Knowles (Dempsey 63), Riley, Marshall (Greaves 74), Hotte (Walker 45), James (Sharry 54), Deacey, Davidson (Blakey 70).
Sub not used: Higginson.
Scorers: O’Brien 17, James 35, Deacey 76.
Bradford City: Duke, Gallego, Bass, Brown, Mills, Harrison, Bott (Boote 74), Hoolahan, Thompson (Swann 64), Connell (Riza 80), A Trialist (Baker 64).
Sub not used: Morrison
Scorer: Thompson (penalty) 23.