Bradford (Park Avenue) vs Hemsworth Miners


Fitzwilliam Stadium

3:00pm Kick off

July 6th 2019

Bradford Park Avenue made the trip to the outskirts of Wakefield to the Fitzwilliam Stadium, home to the Hemsworth Miners for the first game of both sides’ pre-season. The afternoon ended in a draw with plenty of positives to be taken away and reflected in both dressing rooms.

Garry Thompson took the opportunity to see how his players and trialists performed given solid game time, opting to field two very different sides for each half.

Hemsworth began well dominating early possession leading to Sydney Cantos finding creating a one on one with Charlie Andrew,however he fired left of goal.

Bradford side began to warm into the game with Ben Hedley and Matty Clarke particularly strong in Mid-Field.

Hemsworth took the lead before halftime with a well taken header by  Viggars who was unmarked at the far post.

After the conceded goal, Bradford park avenue lifted the tempo and a long switch pass from Ben Hedley before halftime was delivered into the box for trialist Brad Dockerty whose deflected shot earned him a goal on visiting his home club.

HALFTIME – Hemsworth Miners 1-1 Bradford (Park Avenue)

Charlie Andrew made a number of good saves in the first half whilst Jon Moran , Ben Hedley and Matty Clarke all gave solid first appearances for Bradford.

The second half saw Bradford more dominant in possession, making a concerted effort to play out from the back and increase the tempo. One of these moves saw Lewis Knight find himself one on one with the Hemsworth ‘keeper before turning inside and out and slotting his shot to take the lead for the visitors.

Mitchell Lund made several important challenges as Hemsworth replied before a lovely team goal from Hemsworth was finished by Adam Knight

FULLTIME – Hemsworth Miners 2-2 Bradford (Park Avenue)

Both Managers were pleased with their sides in the first hit-out of the season. Garry Thompson reported his side was injury free and looking forward to next weeks first home pre season fixture against Mansfield Town.


First half

GK-Charlie Andrew



CB-Jon Moran

LB-Alex Laird

CDM-Lewis Rathbone


CM-Ben Hedley

CAM-Alex Hurst



Second half 

GK-Charlie Andrew

CB-Alex Laird


CB-Mitchell Lund



CAM-Elliot Holmes


LM-Matthew Clarke

ST-Lewis Knight

ST- Garry Thompson

Garry Thompson alongside two young fans discussing how the new signings are training before kick off