Bradford (Park Avenue) progressed to the next round of the FA Trophy with a 3-1 victory over Leamington FC.
Lamin Colley scored after six minutes to get the Avenue off to a great start. Danny Frost scored just before the hour mark to double the advantage and just five minutes later things went from bad to worse for Leamington as Jamie Tank saw red for pulling down Colley and preventing a goal scoring opportunity.
Although been down to ten men Leamington managed to pull one back through Lee Chilton. However, Joe Colbeck scored just eight minutes later to make sure of the victory.
The first real attack of the game brought the first goal. A long throw from Niall Heaton was not cleared by the visitors and Colley was on hand to bundle the ball home.
Apart from Colley’s goal, chances were far and few between in the first half. The only other chance of note fell for the visitors. A good strike from Matthew Dodd was parried by John Danby and the rebound was cleared by the Avenue defence.
In to the second half the game opened up and chance became more frequent. The away side went close five minutes in when Lee Moore tested Danby from 15 yards out.
As the half grew so did the Avenue and John Deacey’s men began to pile the pressure on Leamington.
First, Frost was played in by Rea but his shot was straight at the keeper. Just minutes later Frost was played in again, this time by Jamie Price and Frost wouldn’t be denied. One on one with the keeper Frost finished to give the Avenue a comfortable lead.
Shortly after Leamington were reduced to ten men. After Colley was played in, bearing down on goal Tank brought him down and was given his marching orders.
Although been down to ten men Leamington got themselves back in to the game. After a cross was cleared Chilton followed up and finished well from the edge of the box.
Bradford made sure of the victory on the 80 minute marker. Frost did well down the left before picking out Colbeck who headed home.
Bradford will find out who they will play in the next round on Monday.
Bradford (Park Avenue): Danby, Howarth, Smith, Rea, Qualter, Heaton, Colbeck, Price, Chilaka (Barraclough 75), Colley (Marshall 77), Frost (Patterson 90)
Subs not used: Priestley, Walker
Goals: Colley 6, Frost 59, Colbeck 80
Leamington: Trueman, Fry, Morley, Magunda (Connolly 89), Tank, Pierpoint, Dodd (Mace 70), Edwards, Newton, L Moore (S Moore 70), Chilton
Subs: S Moore, Mace, Wint, Connolly, Maher
Goals: Chilton 72
Booked: Magunda, Morley
Sent Off: Tank
Referee: Graeme Fyvie