Bradford (Park Avenue) A.F.C 1 – 5 Rotherham United F.C

Strong Rotherham side provides another good run out as the seasons nears closer.

1st Half

The first half started badly for Avenue with Lapado pouncing in the first minute to give the away side an early lead. This lead was then doubled in the 10th minute after Cresswell got caught on the ball just inside the Avenue half by Wiles, who could only manage to find the post with his effort, however this was then tapped home by Vassell for his first of the evening. 

Bradford’s first half chance of the game came in the 23rd minute after some good footwork by a Trialist of the left hand side won Avenue a corner, however Avenue didn’t make use of the chance.

In the 27th minute Rotherham found the net again after a free kick, which wasn’t dealt with by the Bradford (Park Avenue) defence, found Vassell for his second of the game. 

In the 37th minute good work by Vassell down the Park Avenue right found Proctor in the middle, whose subsequent shot was saved by Andrew. Unfortunately for the Avenue Balsar was at hand to give the visitors a 4-0 lead.

Vassell then completed his hat-trick just before the half-time whistle after finding himself on the end of Olusundae’s cross. 

2nd Half

Garry Thompson then asked his side for a reaction in the second half, one which they managed to deliver with a much improved performance which saw them win the second half.

The Avenue finally made the breakthrough in the 77th minute when Gardner managed to get himself on the end of one of the trialists crosses, following on from some decent build up play in the Rotherham half. 


Bradford (Park Avenue) A.F.C 

  1. Charlie Andrew (Trialist 65’)
  2. Alex Laird (Matty Clarke 64’)
  3. Mitchell Lund (Trialist 73’)
  4. Jon Moran 
  5. Ryan Cresswell (Trialist 45’)
  6. Lewis Rathbone (Sam Wright 64’)
  7. Alex Hurst 
  8. Ben Hedley 
  9. Garry Thompson (Holmes 45’)
  10. Trialist (Shaun Gardner 73’)
  11. Trialist

Unused subs: None

Rotherham United F.C

     12. Lewis Price (Laurence Bilboe 63’)

     22. Matthew Olusundae (Micheal Ihiekwe 65’)

     33. Jake Cooper

     15. Clark Robertson

     31. Akeem Hinds

     8. Ben Wiles

     11. Daniel Barlaser

     17. Matt Crooks

     10. Olayinka Lapado (Carlton Morris 59’)

     9. Jamie Proctor (Micheal Smith 63’)

     19. Kyle Vassell

Unused subs: Billy Jones, Richard Wood, Joe Mattock, Joshua Kayode.

Cards: None

Referee:  Matt Sowerby 

Assistants: Danny Bennett, Paul James

Attendance: 310