Match Report: Halesowen Town (A)

Bradford (Park Avenue) will focus all attention on the league following their exit from the FA Trophy this week.

With a number of players cup tied or injured ahead of the clash, Avenue Academy prospect Jamie Lyons was handed his first start with the senior squad, whilst Andre Johnson replaced his namesake, Oli Johnson who started the fixture on the bench.

Avenue got off to a good start and had the better of the play for the majority of the first half, but were unable to find the net.

It was the home side though who broke the deadlock on the 37th-minute. They cleared up a promising Avenue attack, turning into a counter as Cobourne showed his pace to break through the back line and slot the ball past against Green in a one on one.


Spurred on by taking the lead, Halesowen came out after the break with renewed vigour and pressed the Avenue repeatedly, before eventually extending their advantage in a similar fashion to their first goal.

Cobourne’s pace and positioning allowed the striker to leave Bradford’s defence behind before winning another one on one with the Avenue stopper.

The best chance of the night came from substitute, Oli Johnson, his backheel flick dipping towards the top corner, but the Yeltz stopper Brendon Bunn pulled off a stunning save to tip over the ball over the bar.

The major talking point of the game came when Avenue keeper Joe green collided with Molyneux, resulting in an eight-minute stoppage and a trip to the infirmary for Green, who had to be stretchered off before being replaced by the vastly-experienced Steve Dickenson.

Bradford take to the field again this Saturday when they travel to sixth-placed Spennymoor Town in the National League North.