Five star performance sends Avenue packing
27 August 2016
The Lambs encouraging start to the campaign had taken a knock with back to back away defeats with no goals for, so Andy Morrell was looking to his side to respond with a victory against visiting Bradford PA who were yet to record a victory in their first games.
Steve Tomassen was suspended for the tie, so Morrell made two changes – Louis Ezewele came in for Tomassen while Connor Taylor took the place of Louis Briscoe.
Bradford kicked off the game towards the Castle End, and it wasn’t until the 5th minute when a couple of pot shots from distance rang into the visitors defence and were cleared.
A good through ball to Mills forced a corner on the left on 14 and it fell to Newton whose shot from the edge of the box came off a defender for another corner, on the right which was put behind for a third, on the left again and Jones punched it clear.
Then on 19, after Wroe had sent a shot whistling past Belshaw’s right hand post, Newton sent Taylor clear down the right of the Avenue box and after initially losing out to Davie he recovered and prodded the ball home past Jones. (1-0, 19 mins)
On 29, Bradford forced their first corner of the game, by the clubhouse, and it was headed behind for another on the opposite side and 30 they equalised through Monaghan who picked up the loose ball after the initial shot from the visitors rebounded through the back line. (1-1, 30 mins)
Lane made it 2-1 within a minute though, heading home at the far post from a left sided corner, and it rebounded in off the upright past Jones (2-1, 31 mins)
From then on, neither side managed to take control of the game, although sometimes tough tackles were required to keep control.
One minute added time was shown at the end of the first half and Newton whipped a rising shot from the right of the box past the near and far posts shortly before the whistle blew for half time.
Tamworth restarted the match, with the rain still drizzling down, and went on the offensive straight away, forcing a foul and freekick 35 yards out.
Davies struck it into the box but Lane’s header was always going wide of the mark.
Davies made it 3-1 on 50 with a delightful chip over the keeper, and in off the underside of the bar after Deeney had got the better of his covering defender.
Newton then got booked on the far side and on 58 Payne lifted a plced shot over the bar that Belshaw was happy to watch out of play.
A rare error at the back handed Bradford a corner on 73 but it was headed away by Lane and Mills advanced down the left.
Newton saw his shot blocked by Jones on 66 and the rebound came out but Taylor had to be quick to try and get it on target and unfortunately for him his options were quickly reduced and his shot went wide.
Davies did well to get the ball over for Mills on 67 and his shot was well stopped again by Jones and Ezewele went close on 70 with a header from a well placed freekick.
A foul on Davies in the left channel on the edge of the area on 80 set up Mills with the deadball and a fingertip save denied it going in the top corner.
Briscoe made it 4-1 on 86 with a well taken finish from 25 yards that had Jones beaten all the way.
A penalty was awarded when Kearns handled the bouncing ball on 88 and Dyer stepped up on 89 to fire it confidently past Jones, (5-1) and the final whistle blew on three points.
Belshaw (c.), Burns, Breslin, Deeney, Ezewele, Lane, Mills (Briscoe 81), Clarke, Newton (Morrell 81), Davies, Taylor (Dyer 73)
Subs: Smith, Moulton
Booked: Newton 51
Bradford Park Avenue Team:
Jones, Toulson (c.), Davie, Dean, Kearns, Hill, McKenna, Wroe, Ryan (Dickinson 58), Payne (Boshell 69), Monaghan (Sharp 79)
Subs: Coates, McWilliams
Booked: Kearns 88
Man of the Match: Bob Wharmby chose Jed Davies
Referee: Mr. M. Rawcliffe