Match Report: Farsley 0-0 Avenue

Bradford Park Avenue failed to win for the first time in pre-season, as they were held to a competitive 0-0 draw at Farsley Celtic.

In an uneventful opening half-hour, Avenue had the best chance as a trialist, who scored the winner at Ossett Town on Tuesday, just couldn’t prod home as a loose ball fell to his feet.

The hosts’ first attempt came on 40 minutes as ex-Bradford player Richard Marshall linked up with Ryan Watson, the latter firing over the bar from 20 yards.

Avenue should have gone in front just before the break as Graeme McKibbin made an excellent save from Nicky Boshell’s close range attempt, Adam Nowakowski just unable to convert after a trialist kept the ball alive.

There was a half-chance for Celtic at the start of the second period as Watson slipped the ball across the six-yard line, but James Walshaw, another former Avenue man, wasn’t on the same wavelength and the chance went begging.

Left-back Matt Hill, who has kept supporters entertained with some awful attempts on goal throughout pre-season, in fact caught a volley sweetly just after the hour, but it was blocked by ex-Bradford defender Adam Clayton.

Nicky Wroe then played a clever low free kick into the box, but a trialist couldn’t keep his effort down when he should have scored.

A different trialist then had a great chance to open the scoring as he met Nicky Boshell’s near post corner, but his header went just wide of the post.

Bradford had one final chance as Wroe delivered another free kick in, but Adam Boyes flicked the header just wide.

Avenue have just one pre-season friendly remaining before the season kicks off on 5 August, as they host Altrincham at the Horsfall Stadium next Saturday (29 July).

Farsley Celtic: McKibbin (Lofthouse 82), Harris (Pollard 69), Baldwin, C.Atkinson, Ellis (c), Clayton, B.Atkinson (Smith 74), Watson, Walshaw, Marshall (Parkin 60), Walker (Gomersall 65)

Bradford Park Avenue: Drench (Hall 71), Toulson, Hill (Trialist 71), Nowakowski, Havern (Brooksby 60), Knowles (c), Trialist (Wroe 60), Trialist (Trialist 71), Trialist (Trialist 60), N.Boshell, D.Boshell (Boyes 46)