Bradford (Park Avenue) produced a stunning second half performance to thrash Workington AFC at Borough Park and climb to fourth place in the Blue Square Bet North.
Despite the scores being level at the break, John Deacey’s side scored five unanswered goals in the second half, as Workington were unable to stop the dominant Avenue.
The home side started brighter than Bradford, and forced Avenue goalkeeper Tim Deasy into early action.
In the opening minute, the Reds striker Jonny Wright received possession after good work by his midfield colleagues, and he found himself unmarked on the edge of the box, but, Deasy dived to gather the ball.
Shortly after, Bradford right back Michael Duckworth was dispossessed by winger Joe Mwasile, and the ball fell into the path of his left back Gari Rowntree, only for Deasy to produce a fine double save.
However, the visitors fought their way back into an entertaining first quarter of the game. The Avenue managed to work their way from their own half, and Alex Davidson held off James Bolton to get a shot away on goal, but, the ball trickled wide from 20 yards.
Then, John Deacey’s side opened the scoring. A driving run by Paul Walker caused problems amongst the Reds back line, and the winger fed Danny Holland, who did well to toe poke the ball, which struck the foot of the post. But, the shot cannoned back to Walker, who played in Jordan Deacey to score from ten yards.
The lead lasted three minutes. The home side responded with a flowing move, and Mwasile spotted his team mate Jonny Wright with a diagonal ball, and his stunning volley from 12 yards found the bottom corner.
After their goal, Workington tried to make the most of an injury to James Knowles, who was receiving treatment from the physio. A long ball into the box was not dealt with by Deasy, and Jonny Wright’s close range effort was blocked by Avenue midfielder Richard Marshall on the goal line. However, the ball squirted out to Will Vaulks inside the ‘D’ of the penalty area, and his low shot was pushed away by Deasy.
HALF TIME: WORKINGTON 1-1 BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
A minute after half time, the Avenue regained their lead. Bradford were able to work their way forward down the left wing, and Walker’s cross was well controlled by fellow winger Davidson, who slotted the ball into the bottom corner from 14 yards.
Three minutes later, Bradford extended their lead. The Avenue’s right back Duckworth surged forward with the ball to play a lovely one two with the Avenue’s number nine Danny Holland, and Duckworth smashed a powerful right footed strike into the roof of the net from 12 yards.
Once more, the men from the Horsfall Stadium were in confident mood to score again. A cross from Martin Drury was nodded by Holland into the path of Davidson, who wasted a good opportunity in a one on one situation with Aaran Taylor, as his shot fizzed wide.
Five minutes after an hour played, the visitors scored their fourth of the afternoon. A neat pass from Deacey found the lively Alex Davidson, who picked out Holland inside the area, and the target man turned his marker to poke the ball past Taylor from eight yards.
Nevertheless, the Reds tried to force their way back into the game. After a loose header from Duckworth, Will Vaulks collected the ball and fired a powerful effort from distance which whistled past the post.
Furthermore, Darren Edmondson’s men continued to push forward. A quick move started from the defence and, despite turning inside Duckworth, Joe Mwasile dragged his shot wide from 12 yards.
On the other hand, the Avenue withdrew their impressive midfielder Jordan Deacey with Tom Greaves. After the substitution, Bradford nearly caught the home side on the counter attack. Again, Walker dribbled past the Reds right back Niall Cowperthwaite, and his low cross was headed away by James Bolton, with Greaves lurking on the penalty spot.
Then, Richard Marshall added to his impressive tally of long range goals. The Avenue’s midfielder received the ball, 25 yards from goal, and despite his initial shot being blocked, Marshall struck a stunning left footed shot into the top corner.
In a superb second half display, Avenue scored their sixth goal. The Reds were unable to stop Marshall in the centre of the pitch, and he passed the ball inside to Greaves, who clinically side footed the ball into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
FULL TIME: WORKINGTON 1-6 BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
Workington AFC: Taylor, Cowperthwaite, Rowntree, May, Bolton, Vaulks, McLuckie, Hewson, Wright, Arnison, Mwasile.
Subs not used: Connerton, Wordsworth, Wright, Andrews, Dixon.
Scorers: Wright (20)
Bookings: May, McLuckie
Bradford (Park Avenue): Deasy, Duckworth, Drury, Marshall, Knowles, Hotte, James, Davidson (Jackson 84), Holland (O’Brien 79), Deacey (Greaves 75), Walker.
Subs not used: Radcliffe, Hume.
Scorers: Deacey (17), Davidson (46), Duckworth (49), Holland (65), Marshall (84), Greaves (89)
Bookings: Deacey, Duckworth