Bradford (Park Avenue) claimed their first pre-season friendly victory of the 2014/15 season with a hard-fought win against Tadcaster Albion at i2i Stadium.
The visitors took the lead as captain Nathan Hotte converted home from a low cross by left-back Martin Drury. After the break, the Avenue extended their advantage as trialist Danny Frost latched onto a through-ball from Chib Chilaka and fired an effort past Aaran Reid from the edge of the penalty area. Before the full-time whistle, Paul Walker spotted Chilaka, who turned with the ball and slotted home into the bottom corner from ten yards.
The home side had the first opportunity of the game, testing Tom Morgan in the Avenue goal. After receiving possession, Josh Greening struck a low left-footed shot, but Morgan was able to tip the ball wide from 14 yards.
Then, the Conference North side were looking to take the lead, but were unable to make the most of their play in the final third of the pitch.
Also, the Avenue teased the Brewers defence with excellent deliveries from set-pieces by Walker and trialist Steve Mallory, but, the away side could not find the back of the net.
The hosts nearly punished their opponents. An inswinging free-kick from Greening was met by Terry Taylor, who rose above everyone else inside the six yard box, but nodded over the bar.
However, after sustained pressure, John Deacey’s side broke the deadlock. Walker picked out the run of Drury who overlapped the winger down the left flank. The left-back cut the ball back to Hotte, and his clever touch took him past one marker allowing him to toe-poke the ball past Reid from 12 yards.
In the second half, both teams made several changes, giving their players match fitness ahead of the upcoming season.
The Avenue were looking lively and were quick to double their advantage. Chilaka, who looked impressive again, thread a ball into the path of Frost, who escaped his defender with a smart run, and the winger finished well from 18 yards.
As the half went on, the travelling Avenue supporters were applauding the efforts of their team who were finding their rhythm and causing plenty of problems for the Brewers. The front diamond of Joe Colbeck, Chilaka, Frost and Walker were combining well, but were denied by resilient defending from the home side and fine saves from Reid.
But, with eight minutes remaining, the Avenue added a third. After good work from Walker, the winger passed the ball into the feet of Chilaka, who neatly turned and struck a low right-footed shot into the bottom corner.
Tadcaster Albion: Reid, Barrett, Rothel, Gallon (Dhesi 58), Milne, Ingham (Pepper 58), Critchlow (Gore 58), Taylor (Smith 58), Ward, Thompson, Greening.
Subs: Lawrie, Woodhead, Bissett.
Bradford (Park Avenue): Morgan, Black, Drury, Turner, Qualter, Mallory, Baker, Hotte, Barraclough, Marshall, Walker.
Bradford (Park Avenue): Morgan, Turner, Drury, Price, Hewitt, Miller, Frost, Hotte, Chilaka, Colbeck, Walker.
Scorers: Hotte (38); Frost (50); Chilaka (82).