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Bloods butchered as Bradford Park Avenue hit magnificent seven
HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES: Aiden Savory gets in on the goalscoring act with Avenue’s sixth goal Picture: John Rhodes
Droylsden 0 Bradford Park Avenue 7
Avenue turned in a seven-star display as they put the Bloods to the sword.
Droylsden have a fight on their hands to get out of the relegation zone in the Blue Square Bet North but they lost this battle heavily.
Had Bradford taken a greater percentage of their chances the carnage at the Butcher’s Arms would have been much worse.
The visitors had carved open their hosts’ defence even before their tenth-minute opener and they then raced into a 3-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes.
The rapid fire did not end there.
Avenue broke the deadlock when Nathan Hotte got into space and played a ball through the area for Alex Davidson to net a low shot.
Davidson then turned provider with a cross that Paul Walker gathered before scoring at the second attempt – his first shot having come back off the post.
Skipper James Knowles got in on the act as he headed home Jordan Deacey’s 15th-minute corner.
Midway through the first half it was Walker’s turn to claim an assist when his through-ball was allowed to run by Tom Corner into the feet of Richard Marshall and he drilled a low shot into the back of the net.
Under-fire Droylsden keeper Yannick Nlate was doing his best, producing some good saves, but the visitors added a fifth before half-time.
A cross from Marshall seemed to be intended for Corner but, although it evaded the big striker, it drifted into the top corner of Nlate’s goal.
The Bloods were not markedly better after the interval but Avenue had trouble regaining the momentum they had built up before the break.
Both managers making changes did nothing to help the continuity of the game and the pace dropped off.
Ten minutes from time Bradford did make it half a dozen and it was one of the substitutes who claimed it. Davidson’s pass inside picked out Aiden Savory, who had replaced Corner, and he found the back of the net.
If proof was needed that this was not to be the Bloods’ day it came minutes later from a failed penalty. Carlos Logan was brought down by Walker and he spotted the ball himself but Avenue keeper John Lamb pulled off a fine save.
As if to rub salt into the Bloods’ wounds, their Bradford visitors added a seventh in injury-time. Davidson bagged himself a brace after taking Savory’s through ball and coolly slotting the ball past Nlate.