Two second-half goals from Paul Walker and Paul Beesley were enough for Bradford (Park Avenue) to leave Cumbria with three points, after recording a victory against Workington AFC at Borough Park.
Following a tightly contested opening spell, the first chance of the game fell to the Avenue striker Chib Chilaka, as he squeezed through two challenges on the edge of box in the search to collect to a loose bouncing pass. But, Jonny Jamieson was alert to intercept before Chilaka could connect with a header.
The Avenue maintained their pressure as Chilaka collected a loose ball and a right-footed effort from 14 yards stung the gloves of Jamieson.
Moments later, the home side squandered a chance to take the lead as Kyle May timed his run to meet an inswinging Ben McKenna corner. But, to the frustration of the Workington AFC captain, his defensive partner Darcy O’Connor arrived just in front and stretched to send a glancing header wide.
The visitors responded immediately as Jamie Price swept a diagonal ball to Grant Black on the right wing. The full-back controlled the ball before delivering a dangerous cross to the unmarked Chilaka, who could only manage a header directly at Jamieson.
As the half drew to a close, the home side enjoyed a spell of pressure on the Avenue goal that resulted in their best chance of the half. Chris Howarth’s slip allowed Joe Jackson to intercept and charge towards goal from the right. But, to the relief of Howarth, the striker blazed a curling effort over with only John Lamb to beat from 16 yards.
The Avenue reappeared from the break with real intent and took the lead. Jordan Deacey broke with pace down the left before playing to Chilaka on the corner of the box. The striker turned inside and offloaded a short pass to Walker, who touched the ball out his feet, and rifled a 20 yard strike into the bottom corner.
Almost immediately from the restart, Ian McDonald’s men created an opportunity to equalise as Jackson slipped a pass through to Godwin Abadaki. Using his pace, the winger was able to dribble the ball around Lamb, but could only manage to fire wide from a tight angle.
Abadaki’s miss was punished as the Avenue extended their advantage. The influential Walker received the ball on the edge of the box before skipping around his man and offloading to the feet of Beesley, who fired an accurate shot past Jamieson to seal the win for his side.
John Deacey, the Avenue manager, expressed his delight with the result after the game:
““I wanted an answer after last week’s performance and I got it. It was really professional…and I’m pleased after a difficult week.”
Chib Chilaka was pleased with the way the team performed:
“It was a great performance by everyone today. Everyone wanted the ball and worked hard which is what we talked about before the game. We worked our way into the game first half and then showed that little bit of quality in and around the box.”
Workington AFC: Jamieson, Hoskin, Smith, May, O’Connor, Hindmarch (Wainwright 72), Abadaki (Skelton 76), Lynch, Jackson, Wright (McLuckie 72), McKenna.
Subs not used: Street, Andrews.
Bradford (Park Avenue): Lamb, Black, Drury, Marshall, Qualter, Howarth, Deacey (Maxfield 72), Price, Chilaka (Bartle 85), Beesley (Harris 88), Walker.
Subs not used: Davidson, Hume.
Scorer: Walker (54), Beesley (67).