Bradford (Park Avenue) recorded their third pre-season friendly victory with a 2-1 win against Witton Albion.
The Avenue took the lead as Danny Frost scored his second goal during pre-season, with the substitute heading home a cross from Matty James. Then, a well-worked move from the away side ended with James spotting Brad Barraclough, and the striker fired the ball into the bottom corner with a left-footed effort. With four minutes remaining of the game, Witton Albion made it a tense finish as substitute Jon Dawson found the net from eight yards with a fine finish.
After a heavy rain shower prior to kick-off, both teams created early opportunities to score the opening goal of the game.
For the visitors, Paul Walker played a through-ball into the path of winger Joe Colbeck, but his driven shot was saved by goalkeeper Chris Sanna.
Shortly after, one of the numerous trialists for the hosts delivered a teasing cross, only for Scott Bakkor to miss the connection and the ball trickled out of danger.
Once again, Colbeck continued to cause problems as the winger escaped the challenge of left-back Michael Lea. Then, the recent arrival pulled the ball back to Matty James, but the ball spun off his right boot and over the bar from ten yards.
The best chance of the half fell to the Evostik Northern Premier Division outfit. Another cross from the trialist floated over the Avenue defenders, but the unmarked Bakkor missed the header from close range.
After the break, both sides made several changes to their teams as another heavy shower caused surface water to appear on the Wincham Park pitch.
But, it was John Deacey’s men who broke the deadlock. Jack Rea, on trial at the club after being released by Guiseley AFC, picked out James on the left wing, and his delivery touched the fingertips of the goalkeeper before Frost nodded in at the far post.
Six minutes later, the Avenue extended their lead. James spun away from his marker and spotted the run of Barraclough. The striker held off the challenge from Ben Harrison and unleashed a left-footed strike into the bottom corner from 14 yards.
Just before the full time whistle, Brian Pritchard’s men reduced Bradford’s advantage. Despite a fine challenge from substitute Paddy Miller, Bakkor managed to flick the ball to Dawson, and the winger finished well.
But, the Vanarama Conference North side held on to seal victory ahead of the new 2014/15 campaign at Gloucester City on Saturday 9 August.
Witton Albion: Sanna (Trialist 45), Gardner (Moyo 60), Lea, Harrison, Barnes (c), Trialist (Davidson 45), Howard (Dawson 60), Trialist (Sheehan 45), Bakkor, Harvey, Andrews.
Subs not used: Corbett, Hilton, Trialist
Scorer: Dawson (86)
Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Howarth (Black 45), Drury, Kerr (James 58), Mallory, Hotte, Colbeck (Frost 58), Price (Miller 58), Rea, James (Barraclough 45), Walker.
Sub not used: Morgan.
Scorers: Frost (76), Barraclough (83)
Photo by: John Rhodes