Avenue Leave Broadhurst Park With A Point

FC United of Manchester secured a late draw against Bradford (Park Avenue) at Broadhurst Park.

The Avenue took a two-goal lead thanks to Shane Killock and Jake Beesley but the home side fought back and after an equaliser from Brodie Litchfield, FC United of Manchester equalised from the spot with Kurt Willoughby converting in the final minute.

The away side started well and dominated the game. Despite chances from Beesley and Oli Johnson being missed, Bradford took a deserved lead. From a corner, captain Killock found the back of the net from close range to the delight of the travelling supporters.

Ten minutes after the break, Mark Bower’s men doubled their lead in fortuitous circumstances. Good pressure from Beesley on the hosts defence and goalkeeper forced a bit of confusion and eventually the ball bounced favourably and nestled in the bottom corner.

But, it was the home side who came back into the game. Immediately after a substitution for Bradford, Litchfield capitalised by slotting home a loose ball which hit the post to halve their deficit.

Then, in the final minute, the home side were given the opportunity to equalise after a foul from Luca Havern inside the penalty area. Striker Willoughby stepped up and struck a low right-footed effort into the bottom corner.

FC United of Manchester: Crellin, Senior (Tattum 68), Logan (Crawford 75), O’Halloran, Ashworth, Lynch, Kay, Baird (Banister 55), Willoughby, Litchfield, Donohue

Subs not used: Simoes, Affleck

Yellow: Lynch

Scorers: Litchfield (61), Willoughby (pen 90)

Bradford (Park Avenue): Drench, Ross, Clee, Branson, Killock, Havern, McKenna (Knight 61), Wroe, Beesley, Johnson (Lowe 68), Spencer (Boshell 74)

Subs not used: Nowakowski, Dawson

Scorers: Killock (21), Beesley (55)