Colwyn Bay 1-2 Bradford (Park Avenue)

Bradford (Park Avenue) remain unbeaten in their previous five league games with a victory against Colwyn Bay at Red Lion Foods Stadium.

The first opportunity fell to the visitors after four minutes. The Avenue left back Martin Drury played a neat one two with winger Paul Walker, but, his driven shot went wide from 18 yards.

Five minutes later, the Avenue got an effort on target. Again, Drury was involved, winning a 50/50 tackle, and the loose ball was struck first time by Bradford midfielder Richard Marshall into the hands of Chris Sanna.

Furthermore, Bradford had another chance to take the lead. A through ball from Marshall caused confusion amongst the Seagulls’ defence, but, Matty James blazed his effort over the bar from 20 yards.

However, Colwyn Bay were looking threatening on the counter attack, and Cameron Darkwah’s cross was heading into the goal, only for Tim Deasy to catch the ball above his head.

The home side continued to trouble the Avenue, and Jamie Rainford controlled a pass into his feet, and fired a low shot from the edge of the box, forcing Deasy into a diving save.

Again, Rainford was involved in another attacking move, and after receiving an inside pass from Darkwah, the striker harmlessly struck the ball over the bar.

With nearly ten minutes remaining, the Avenue came close with two long range shots. Firstly, a ball from Walker went into the path of Rob O’Brien, who got his technique right, but, directed a 30 yard effort, narrowly wide of the post.

Once more, the Avenue looked to the left wing to cause the Seagulls problems, and a pass towards the centre of the pitch was struck on the half volley by Matty James from 25 yards, which hit the roof of the net.

Again, Bradford forced the ball to the left side, and, from a throw in by Martin Drury, Paul Walker was able to dribble the ball past two defenders to strike an effort from 25 yards into the chest of Colwyn Bay goalkeeper Chris Sanna, who did well to catch the ball with Danny Holland hovering for the rebound.


After the break, Bradford had a good opportunity to take the advantage. A long ball was controlled by Paul Walker, who laid a pass into the feet of Alex Davidson, only for the winger’s shot edge wide of the far post from 12 yards.

Once more, the Avenue looked bright and Alex Davidson had a second shot on goal. A diagonal ball from Nathan Hotte was well controlled by the number seven, and after shrugging off the challenge from Mike Lea, Davidson shot, but Sanna made an easy save.

Somehow, Bradford failed to score. The Avenue midfielder Richard Marshall gained possession inside the penalty area, and his low cross was sliced by Seagulls defender John McKenna inches wide of the post.

Against the run of play, the home side nearly scored the opening goal. The Seagulls’ striker Jamie Rainford escaped the attention of Nathan Hotte, and his cross was struck by Rob Hopley, and with Tim Deasy beaten, the ball skimmed the far post.

Shortly after an hour played, the Welsh outfit were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, following a foul from Martin Drury. However, Jamie Rainford’s curled effort went wide.

A minute later, the Avenue made their dominance count with a goal. A free kick was conceded by Cameron Darkwah, and Paul Walker’s driven effort from 20 yards was spilled by Chris Sanna, and Matty James was alert to the rebound to score his second goal in successive games.

Soon after, the home side responded with an attack of their own. After neat passing play, Sean Williams turned with the ball, and his right footed effort from 20 yards was deflected by Michael Duckworth, and Tim Deasy did well to tip the ball over the bar.

However, the Avenue extended their lead. Bradford winger Paul Walker played a pass into the feet of Danny Holland, and his perfect flick found Walker, who dribbled the ball past Joel Richardson to fire a low strike into the bottom corner.

Nonetheless, Colwyn Bay replied with a goal to narrow the scoreline. The Seagulls’ striker Rob Hopley latched onto a through ball, and the number nine struck a right footed shot from 12 yards past Deasy.

Furthermore, the action continued. Bradford orchestrated a move, and Alex Davidson’s cross into the box was headed by Marshall, forcing Sanna into a brilliant save from close range.

With the game edging closer to its end, the Avenue were looking to keep possession. On the other hand, Colwyn Bay were looking to catch the visitors on the counter attack. However, John Deacey’s side held on for the crucial victory.


Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Richardson (Taylor 82), Lea, Meadowcroft (captain), McKenna, Breeze, Darkwah, Williams, Hopley, Rainford (Newby 69), Evans (Lloyd 65).

Subs not used: Mannix, Berkeley.

Scorer: Hopley (81)

Booking: Meadowcroft, Darkwah, Lloyd.

Bradford (Park Avenue): Deasy, Duckworth, Drury, Marshall, Knowles (captain), Hotte, Davidson, O’Brien, Holland, James, Walker.

Subs not used: Greaves, Jackson, Radcliffe, Hume, Higginson.

Scorer: James (68), Walker (76)

Booking: Holland, James.

Attendance: 457