Bradford (Park Avenue) booked their place in the FA Cup with Budweiser First Round in successive seasons, with a hard fought win against Ossett Albion at the Horsfall Stadium.
The conditions were ideal for football, but, the opening minutes lacked goalscoring opportunities.
In the first five minutes, Alex Davidson dispossessed Aaron Guiry, and his inside pass was directed on target by Rob O’Brien from 18 yards, but, it was deflected wide by Albion defender Tyrone Gay. From the resulting corner, James Knowles met Deacey’s delivery, only for Jody Bartford to easily save.
Furthermore, Jordan Deacey found space to run into, and threaded a lovely through ball to Bradford striker Danny Holland, but, a fine block from Albion’s defender Joe Fox denied the striker from six yards.
Once again, the Blue Square Bet North outfit forced a corner. Another good delivery by Jordan Deacey found Knowles on the penalty spot, however, he could only loop his header over the crossbar.
After 15 minutes, the Avenue came close to scoring. A flick by Danny Holland was not dealt with by the Albion defence, and Alex Davidson failed to chip the goalkeeper from 12 yards, as Bartford picked the ball out of the air.
Bradford continued to put the pressure on the Evostik First Division North side. As the Albion defended deep, Alex Davidson ran across the width of the pitch and fed Richard Marshall, but, his powerful left footed strike from 20 yards was well tipped over by Bartford.
However, the visitors were always looking to get back into the game as they caught the Avenue on the counter attack. Ossett Albion worked their way into the opposition half, and Tom Corner passed the ball to Marc Thompson, only for the striker’s effort from 18 yards to deflect wide.
A minute later, the Avenue were on the attack again. Bradford’s left back Martin Drury continued his run, and pulled his pass back to Marshall, but, Bartford dived low to save.
After 32 minutes, the visitors took the lead. A corner from Adam Hayton was met by the striker Tom Corner, and he headed the ball past Tim Deasy from eight yards to the delight of the travelling supporters.
The lead only lasted three minutes. Another corner from Bradford, delivered by Drury, was nodded by Paul Walker into the path of James Knowles, who volleyed the ball from 12 yards into the roof of the net.
HALF TIME: BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) 1-1 OSSETT ALBION
After the break, the home side took the advantage. Before the hour mark, Rob O’Brien passed to Marshall, who dribbled the ball towards the box, but, spotted the angled run of his winger Alex Davidson, and the number seven found the bottom corner.
Shortly after, The Avenue nearly got their third. A free kick awarded against Tyrone Gay, gave Martin Drury the opportunity to shoot from distance, but, his left footed effort was juggled, and eventually saved by Bartford.
Furthermore, John Deacey watched his side create another chance. The Avenue’s left winger Paul Walker escaped three tackles and laid a pass to Richard Marshall, who could only drag his shot wide from 20 yards.
Again, Walker was the heart of another Bradford attack. The winger found substitute Liam Needham on the left, and his cross was diverted towards goal by Marshall, again, his effort failed to hit the net.
As the game drew on, the visitors were searching for an equaliser. Ossett Albion were looking to substitute Kurtis Noble, and the winger even saw his shot drag wide from 20 yards.
However, the Avenue scored their crucial third goal, courtesy of an own goal. Again, a corner from Martin Drury caused problems, and the ball ricocheted off Albion defender Tyrone Gay past Jody Bartford.
Despite the goal, the away side nearly replied immediately. From the restart, Ossett Albion’s midfielder Adam Hayton struck a low shot, which, squirmed under Tim Deasy, but, the goalkeeper was alert to dive onto the ball to avoid any embarrassment.
With the game into injury time, Bradford (Park Avenue) scored their fourth. A driving run from Marshall allowed the midfielder to pick a pass, and again, Davidson received the ball to neatly finish from 12 yards.
Also, Jody Bartford was called into action with seconds remaining. A quick throw in was laid off by Needham to Davidson, but, the winger was denied by an acrobatic save from the Albion goalkeeper.
FULL TIME: BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE) 4-1 OSSETT ALBION
Bradford (Park Avenue): Deasy, Duckworth, Drury, Marshall, Knowles, Hotte, Davidson, O’Brien, Holland (Greaves 87), Deacey (Needham 66), Walker (Radcliffe 90).
Subs not used: Jackson, Hume, Higginson.
Scorers: Knowles (35), Davidson (56), Own Goal (84), Davidson (90)
Ossett Albion: Bartford, Nicholson, Guiry, Holt, Gay, Fox, Lucas, Hayton, Corner, Thompson, Poole (Noble 72).
Subs not used: Kelly, Tracey, Quinn, Mycoe, Booker, Rhodes.
Scorer: Corner (32)
Booking: Corner, Bartford