Bradford (Park Avenue) maintain their unbeaten start to their season, defeating Vauxhall Motors at Rivacre Park.
For the game, John Deacey was forced to make three changes from the side that drew against Worcester City. Both, Jamie Jackson and Alex Davidson missed out through injury and James Riley was named on the bench. For the Avenue, Paul Walker and Matty James started amongst the front three and Liam Wakefield made his Bradford debut alongside James Knowles.
The first opportunity of the game fell to the home side. After five minutes, former Guiseley AFC midfielder Mike Burns tested Tim Deasy from 25 yards, but, his powerful strike dragged wide of the far post.
But, the Avenue began to play their usual style of passing football, and started to pile the pressure on the Motormen defence. They were nearly rewarded, as Paul Walker dragged the ball onto his right foot, and curled a right footed effort narrowly over the crossbar from 18 yards.
The away side continued to attack, and scored the opening goal of the game. The Avenue’s striker Danny Holland charged into the penalty area with the ball, but, a deflection from a defender, allowed Nathan Hotte to gain possession, and the midfielder neatly chipped the ball over Zac Jones from eight yards.
Three minutes later, Bradford right back Adam Clayton came close to doubling the lead. However, his strong header from Jordan Deacey’s corner, clipped the crossbar from 12 yards, and, furthermore, his rebound was tipped around the post by Jones.
Nevertheless, the home side nearly caught out Bradford on the counter attack, as David Thompson snatched the ball from Liam Wakefield, but, his angled shot from 20 yards failed to trouble Tim Deasy.
Before the break, the away side extended their advantage. After some fine chasing down by Nathan Hotte, the midfielder was able to get in front of the defender, and played a smart pass into the path of Danny Holland, who, slotted the ball into the bottom corner from eight yards.
HALF TIME: VAUXHALL MOTORS 0-2 BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
Both managers made changes after half time, as the home side introduced Craig Mahon for David Thompson, and Adam Clayton was withdrawn with injury, and replaced by James Riley.
The Avenue were wary of a comeback, but, were able to catch Vauxhall Motors on the counter attack, to score their third. Bradford’s number nine Danny Holland held the ball up in the middle of the pitch, and played a perfect through ball into the path of the winger Matty James. After sprinting to support Holland, James held off the challenge from Lee Dames, and fired a right footed shot into the top corner from 12 yards.
But, with nearly an hour gone, the Avenue thought they had conceded a penalty. A decision to award a penalty was made, after Tim Deasy seemed to bring down midfielder Danny Fearnehough inside the penalty area. After consultation with his linesman, the referee changed the decision to award a corner.
The home side fought their way back into the game, and got on the scoresheet. A free kick was conceded by Jordan Deacey, and an inswinging delivery was met by striker James Ellison, who struck the ball past Tim Deasy into the bottom corner from eight yards.
After that goal, Vauxhall Motors went searching for another, but, they were denied by the stubborn Bradford defence. The only notable effort on Tim Deasy’s goal was a header by Fearnehough, but, the Avenue goalkeeper easily held his effort from six yards.
FULL TIME: VAUXHALL MOTORS 1-3 BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
Vauxhall Motors: Zac Jones, Chris Noone, Lee Dames, Leon Clowes, Tom Hannigan (capt), Andy Nicholas, Mike Burns, Danny Fearnehough, James Ellison, Dan Parkinson, David Thompson (Craig Mahon 45).
Subs not used: Jonathan Egerton, Steve Wainwright, Tom Rutter, John Courtney.
Scorer: Ellison (65).
Bradford (Park Avenue): Tim Deasy, Adam Clayton (James Riley 45), Martin Drury, Richard Marshall, James Knowles (capt), Liam Wakefield, Matty James (Matt Dempsey 86), Nathan Hotte, Danny Holland (Tom Greaves 76), Jordan Deacey, Paul Walker.
Subs not used: Mark Hume, Ben Higginson.
Scorers: Hotte (23), Holland (44), James (53).