Bradford (Park Avenue) recorded their first win in five league games with victory against Worcester City at the Horsfall Stadium.
However, the away side took an early lead as Ethan Moore collected a pass from Ellis Deeney and scored the opening goal from close range. But, the Avenue scored six unanswered goals to end their losing run. The hosts equalised as Nathan Hotte’s low cross was converted by Nicky Boshell with an outstretched boot. Then, the Avenue scored two goals within five minutes as Jordan Deacey and Paul Beesley extended the advantage at half time. After the break, Adam Clayton’s header made it 4-0 before Boshell added a fifth from the penalty spot. With full time approaching, new signing Ross Gardner was introduced as a substitute and scored his first goal in Avenue colours with his first touch of the ball to seal the win.
The Avenue saw an early goal disallowed. A loose ball was collected by Deacey who spotted the run of Beesley. Despite a clinical right-footed finish, the linesman raised his flag to indicate offside against the striker.
Shortly after, the visitors nearly broke the deadlock. A deep free-kick was flicked into the feet of Danny Glover, and his left-footed effort went narrowly wide from 18 yards.
Then, the away side took the lead. A short pass from Alex Davidson was intercepted by Deeney, who delivered a perfect chip to Moore, and his low shot went underneath the Avenue goalkeeper John Lamb from close range.
Three minutes later, the Avenue equalised with a well-worked move. Following good hold-up play by Beesley, the striker found his captain Nathan Hotte, who delivered a low cross to Boshell and the midfielder’s toe-poked effort found the net.
Buoyed by their equaliser, the hosts were close to scoring a second goal. A good defensive header from defender James Knowles was picked up by Paul Walker. The winger played a one-two with Deacey, but, Walker fired a right-footed shot against the post from 20 yards.
Again, Hotte was at the heart of another Avenue attack. After gathering momentum from an initial drive forward, the midfielder received a lay-off from Beesley, but despite holding off his marker, Hotte’s side-footed effort flew into the hands of City goalkeeper Jose Veiga from 12 yards.
As the pitch was cutting up due to the recent weather, the Avenue could not convert an opportunity. A fine run from Davidson ended with the winger passing the ball to Beesley, but his right-footed effort went wide from 20 yards.
Somehow, the visitors failed to take the lead. On the counter attack, Tyler Weir escaped a challenge and delivered an excellent low cross to Moore, but the striker’s shot spun off his boot and over the crossbar from three yards.
Then, John Deacey’s men scored two goals within three minutes.
After receiving possession, Hotte picked out Davidson with a diagonal 40 yard pass, and after skipping past Matt Regan, the winger’s floated cross was nodded home by Deacey at the far post.
Before the half time whistle, the Avenue extended their advantage. As the ball was cleared by the Worcester City defence, Walker and Boshell linked up to create an opening for the winger, and his low cross was tapped in by Beesley from close range.
After the break, Carl Heeley’s men nearly reduced the arrears. A neat inside pass found the unmarked Richard Taundry, who unleashed a powerful right-footed effort from 25 yards, and Lamb produced a fingertip save.
Nevertheless, the Avenue responded and were looking to extend their two-goal lead. A hurried clearance from Veiga fell into the feet of Hotte, but his ambitious 40 yard strike blazed over as the goalkeeper was rushing back to his goal.
Then, the Avenue added a fourth goal to the scoreline. An in-swinging corner from Boshell found the unmarked Beesley, and his clever flick was headed by Knowles towards the roof of the net, but Veiga acrobatically tipped the ball over. From the resulting corner, Deacey’s perfect delivery was nodded home by Adam Clayton from eight yards.
However, despite losing 4-1, the visitors were looking dangerous on the counter attack and troubled Lamb in the Avenue goal. After a triple substitution, City piled the pressure on the hosts’ defence, and Danny Nti’s curling effort from 25 yards was saved by the goalkeeper.
At the opposite end of the pitch, Veiga was forced into two excellent saves to deny the Avenue.
The front three of Beesley, Boshell and Davidson linked up again, but the winger was unable to add his name on the scoresheet as the City goalkeeper produced a fine save. Shortly after, the Avenue won a corner and Clayton’s header was kept out by Veiga to deny the centre back a second goal of the afternoon.
With ten minutes remaining, the Avenue were awarded a penalty. Captain Hotte chased the ball and won possession for his side before picking out Deacey inside the box. Following good footwork, the midfielder was brought down and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Boshell stepped up and his left-footed effort flew into the top corner.
Again, the away side threatened to reduce the Avenue’s increasing lead. A corner from Ebby Nelson-Addy was missed by Lamb, but, somehow the home side cleared the ball off the line and away from danger.
With a four-goal cushion, John Deacey introduced Gardner for his debut, replacing Davidson. Three minutes later, the new signing scored his first goal for the club with his first touch. Following a City attack, the Avenue worked the ball to Walker, who delivered a teasing cross into the box, and as Chib Chilaka failed to connect with the ball, Gardner side-footed the ball into the bottom corner from 10 yards.
With the game approaching stoppage-time, the Avenue came close to scoring their seventh goal of the game. After receiving the ball, Chilaka’s shot was deflected into the feet of Walker, and his low left-footed shot struck the bottom of the post. The ball bounced back towards Chilaka, but the striker found himself under pressure from Veiga and the goalkeeper was alert to keep out the rebound.
Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Howarth, Knowles, Price (Maxfield 84), Clayton, Boshell, Davidson (Gardner 83), Hotte, Beesley (Chilaka 76), Deacey, Walker.
Subs not used: Hume, St Juste.
Scorers:Boshell (13), (pen 80); Deacey (39); Beesley (42); Clayton (62); Gardner (86).
Worcester City: Veiga, G. Williams, Regan (Steven 62), Khan, Munday, Deeney, Weir, Taundry (Smith 62), Glover (Nti 62), Moore, Nelson-Addy.
Subs not used: A. Williams, D. Williams.
Scorer: Moore (10).
Referee: Billy Khatib