3:00 pm kick-off
July 13, 2019
Dual Seal Stadium
FT Brighouse 2-3 Bradford
Garry Thompson’s side travelled to Brighouse for their final away game before the commencement of the 2019/20 season.
The match ended in a 3-2 victory to Bradford (Park Avenue) in a strong hit- out for both teams.
Bradford Park Avenue opened the scoring after three minutes thanks to Sean Gardner who chipped the keeper from an inch perfect pass from Ben Hedley.
Despite conceding, Brighouse continued to keep the pressure on Bradford Park Avenue and made it difficult for them to move the ball about as the play became more fast paced and less structured. This change in pace allowed Ben Hedley to pounce on a loose ball in the Brighouse box that came about from a defensive error and slot it past the Trialist between the sticks.
A Period of possession by the hosts in attack led to a Trialist finding space and firing home to bring the deficit to one goal. Within ten minutes, a piercing cross delivered into the away teams box was met by the head of Carl Stewart who glanced it into the top right corner ten minutes before the halftime whistle.
Park Avenue maintained the lions share of possession during the final 10 minutes before half-time however were unable to create an attack of real danger.
Three minutes into the second half a Bradford shot was palmed away by the keeper into the path of a Trialist who gently guided the ball into the bottom corner and capitalised on the handling error.
Despite the promising start to the half both sides struggled with possession. opportunities were difficult to come by.
Garry Thompson and Shaun Gardner we’re pleased with the performance and combinations being built throughout the squad. And are looking towards the August 3rd fixture at Curzon Ashton to mark the beginning of the season.
Bradford (Park Avenue)
5-Ryan Cresswell (C)
12-Garry Thompson -65’- Shaun Gardner
13-Trialist -65’- Charlie Andrew
14-Lewis Rathbone -62’- Ben Hedley
15-Jon Moran -62’- Ryan Cresswell
2-Joe Wilkinson (C)