Bradford (Park Avenue) thrashed Droylsden to record their third consecutive victory in the Blue Square Bet North.
A fine display from John Deacey’s men saw Bradford score five goals in the first half. The win started with Alex Davidson finding the net after ten minutes. Furthermore, a quick fire double from Paul Walker and James Knowles put the Avenue in a comfortable position. However, Richard Marshall netted twice before the break to extend their lead. After half time, Aiden Savory scored his first goal since his return, and Alex Davidson completed the rout.
John Deacey was forced into one change as Martin Drury was replaced by Jamie Price, meaning there was a reshuffle amongst the back four. Also, Ross Daly returned for Bradford in place of Matty James on the substitutes bench.
The men in green and white created their first chance of the afternoon. Former Bradford midfielder Adnan Ahmed was dispossessed by Nathan Hotte, and winger Alex Davidson took the ball off the feet from his team mate Richard Marshall, but, his right footed shot was pushed away by the Bloods stopper Yannick Nlate.
Shortly after, Bradford nearly took the lead. The home side’s defender Ashley Palmer pulled Tom Corner back, earning himself a booking. The referee gave the free kick, only for Marshall’s low strike to skim the post.
Nonetheless, the strugglers in the Blue Square Bet North showed character, as they troubled the Avenue goal. A corner from winger Stefan Cox was nodded over by Ahmed from close range.
Once again, the Avenue looked dangerous on the attack. A long ball from right back Adam Clayton was flicked by Corner into the feet of Davidson, but, his left footed effort from ten yards was blocked.
A minute later, the tricky midfielder got on the scoresheet. The Avenue managed to find enough room for Nathan Hotte to exploit, and the central midfielder produced a lovely cross across the box and Davidson found the bottom corner.
After 12 minutes played, Bradford doubled their lead. Again, the confident Avenue side were piling numbers forward, and Davidson’s left footed cross was controlled and struck by Walker, but his first effort cannoned off the post back into his feet, and finally he slotted the ball into the net from eight yards.
Two minutes later, Bradford added a third goal. A flag kick from Jordan Deacey was met by the Avenue captain James Knowles, who was able to hold off his marker and head the ball past Nlate from six yards.
Again, Bradford scored another goal. The Avenue goalscorer Paul Walker played a through ball and after a neat dummy from Corner, his fellow team mate Richard Marshall fired a low shot past Nlate from 12 yards.
With the Avenue in control, they were looking to extend their four goal lead. A flighted free kick from Deacey was easily controlled by Marshall on the penalty spot, only for his low effort to be saved by the Bloods goalkeeper.
Somehow, Bradford were unable to score a fifth goal. Following some neat passing play involving Deacey and Corner, a left footed cross from Marshall was diverted by Davidson towards goal and with Nlate beaten, the ball struck the post and trickled wide for a goal kick.
The visitors continued their relentless pressure on the Bloods goal. A header from Hotte was picked up by Davidson, and after his driving run past his marker Sam Mininhan, his curling effort skimmed the far post from ten yards.
From an Avenue attack, the home side were unable to make a counter attack count. A run from substitute Gomez Dali saw the midfielder sprint 50 yards, and his fine pass was controlled by captain Joe O’Neill, but, his shot went wide from 12 yards.
Soon after, Richard Marshall scored his second goal of the first half. John Deacey’s men were content in possession, and Marshall drifted a cross towards his striker Corner, only for the ball to find the top corner.
However, the Bloods were looking to capitalise on a lack of concentration from their opponents. The Avenue defender Jamie Price played a soft back pass towards John Lamb, but, Dali managed to gain possession. Despite this, he could only fire his effort into the hands of the Bradford stopper.
Immediately after, Bradford would have felt they should have done better with another opportunity. The ball was flicked by Marshall into the path of Davidson, and the number seven could only drag his effort wide from eight yards.
HALF TIME: DROYLSDEN 0-5 BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
After the break, Jordan Deacey was replaced by Ross Daly for Bradford.
The Avenue were looking to make the most of a hesitant Yannick Nlate, as the goalkeeper delayed clearing the ball. His clearance was blocked by Davidson, and the ball fell loose to Corner who blazed his effort wide from 12 yards.
Following a minor knock, Nathan Hotte was replaced by Danny Holland for the away side. Also, Andy Langford was introduced in place of Ashley Palmer for the Bloods.
However, the Avenue were struggling to match the tempo of their first half performance. A ball from the defence was met by Davidson, and after drawing two players from their position, his lay off was struck wide by Corner from 14 yards.
Once more, Bradford were looking the more likely to score a goal. A loose pass was snatched off the feet of left back Shaun Holden from Paul Walker, but, after turning inside his marker, the winger’s curled effort was deflected wide.
The travelling Avenue fans applauded striker Tom Corner for his contribution, as he was replaced by Aiden Savory.
The Avenue ensured they scored in the second half. Following short passes on the edge of the box, Davidson spotted the chance to lay the ball inside to substitute Savory, and he clinically fired the ball past Nlate from 12 yards.
At the opposite end of the pitch, the Bloods were given a chance to score a consolation. The referee had no option but to award a penalty, as Walker fouled Carlos Logan inside the box. However, Logan’s left footed shot from the penalty spot was saved by John Lamb.
With the full time whistle approaching, Bradford scored their seventh goal. A lovely flick from Savory set Davidson away, and he cut inside to calmly place the ball past the helpless Nlate from close range.
FULL TIME: DROYLSDEN 0-7 BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
Droylsden: Nlate, Mininham, Holden, Palmer (Langford 52), Stimpson, Ahmed, Cox (Dali 34), Watson (Rick 67), O’Neill (c), Logan, Ward.
Subs not used: Berkeley, Latham.
Bookings: Palmer, Ahmed, Mininhan, Stimpson, Langford
Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Clayton, Duckworth, Marshall, Knowles (c), Price, Davidson, Hotte (Holland 52), Corner (Savory 65), Deacey (Daly 45), Walker.
Subs not used: Jackson, Hume.
Scorers: Davidson (10), (90); Walker (12); Knowles (14); Marshall (22), (39); Savory (81).