John Deacey’s men remain unbeaten in three league games, after an impressive 4-0 victory against Gainsborough Trinity at the Horsfall Stadium.
The Avenue were clinical in front of goal from the starting whistle as they took an early lead through Paul Walker’s 15th minute strike. Moments before the break, Richard Marshall then doubled Avenue’s tally from the penalty spot. The Avenue’s lead was extended as Paul Beesley slotted past goalkeeper Phil Barnes to make it three before Chib Chilaka’s sensational strike from distance capped off a fine evening for his side.
In the opening 15 minutes of the game, both sides looked to play attacking football on the ground as the windy conditions affected play. Following a neat passing move down the left flank, the away side created their first chance of the match as Jonathan Margetts beat James Knowles on the edge of the box, before cutting inside into the area and releasing a strike directly at John Lamb in the Avenue goal.
Minutes later, Trinity’s Greg Young slid across to deny Marshall a clear sight on goal after Jordan Deacey’s intricate flick slipped through the defence to put the midfielder through.
Once again, the attacking threat of Trinity caused problems for the hosts. The lively striker Curtis Bateson collected a deflection off Knowles with his chest, before smashing a sweetly struck volley just wide.
The Avenue immediately responded. Grant Black drove down the right and delivered a dangerous deep cross, narrowly avoiding the head of Beesley before falling to Walker, who controlled before slotting a low shot into the bottom right corner to the give his side the lead.
But, shortly after the opening goal, the visitors nearly equalised. Jonathan Williams rose to head winger Caine Winfarrah’s corner back across goal to the feet of Margetts. But, the striker blazed a half-volley over the bar from six yards.
Margetts was involved again as Trinity pressed for the equaliser. After a slick exchange of passes, Simon Russell collected the ball on the edge of the area and fainted to shoot before unselfishly offloading to the Margetts, who lashed the ball wide of the near post from a yard inside the box.
Then, Steve Housham’s men found themselves two goals behind. A neat inside pass from Deacey found the run of Marshall, and the midfielder was brought down inside the area, prompting the referee to blow his whistle for a foul. Marshall stepped up and struck the resulting penalty low into the bottom corner.
The home side could’ve then made it three just before half-time but Beesley’s heavy touch allowed Barnes to rush out and intercept before the striker could release his shot.
With just five minutes of the second-half played, the Avenue extended their advantage, as Beesley redeemed his earlier miss with an impressive finish. Another controlled pass from Deacey was the catalyst for the goal as he found Chilaka, who used his strength to hold off his marker and pick out his teammate. Beesley took one touch before firing a low shot back across Barnes that nestled into the far corner.
The influential Chilaka then produced the goal of the game to make it four and seal all three points for the Avenue. Deacey sprinted down the left to receive the ball from a throw-in space before cushioning the ball down with a fine first touch and sliding a neat pass to Chilaka. The striker turned sharply and didn’t hesitate to release a powerful strike from 25 yards that flew past Barnes into the top corner.
As the game continued, both sides were unable to create notable opportunities, but, another highlight for the Avenue saw Dean Bartle make his first appearance in a green and white jersey.
Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Black (Howarth 65), Drury, Marshall, Knowles, Qualter, Deacey, Hotte (Maxfield 56), Chilaka (Bartle 72), Beesley, Walker
Subs not used: Clayton, Davidson,
Scorer: Walker (15); Marshall (pen 44); Beesley (50); Chilaka (57).
Gainsborough Trinity: Barnes, Leary, Davie, Davis, Howe (Martin 60), Young, Russell, Williams, Bateson (Batty 75), Margetts, Winfarrah (Wootton 45).
Subs not used: Dickens, Lacey.