Bradford Park Avenue 4 Gainsborough Trinity 0
Avenue stormed to a landslide victory at Horsfall Stadium last night to move back up to 12th in the Conference North table.
The goals were spread around, with four different names on the scoresheet in a win against a Gainsborough Trinity side that were looking to leapfrog their hosts.
John Deacey’s men got off to a good start by breaking the deadlock in the 17th minute through Paul Walker.
The goal followed a good move involving Paul Beesley and Grant Blank before Walker netted a crisp strike.
The home side doubled their lead just before the break from the penalty spot. Another flowing move down the left flank saw Martin Drury, Jordan Deacey and Walker combine before the final ball into Marshall, who was then fouled but got up to net the spot-kick.
Nine minutes into the second half, Beesley beat Trinity keeper Phil Barnes with an accurate shot from an acute angle.
However, the best was saved for last with the fourth goal a stunning strike.
Avenue had worked another good opening just after the hour-mark but a deflected shot rebounded to what the visitors hoped was safety. However, the ball fell kindly for Chib Chilaka and he fired it into the top corner from outside the area.
The scoreline was harsh on the visitors, who had started brightly and looked dangerous throughout but the result was all that mattered to Avenue as they sent their supports home happy.
Chilaka went off to a rousing reception when he was substituted, making way for recent signing Dean Bartle, who was making his Avenue debut.
Bradford press officer Lewis Sale said: “It was a very good result but what was more pleasing was that we played some good stuff – John (manager Deacey) was happy with that.
“Gainsborough had a couple of forwards who impressed in Curtis Bateson and Jamie Margetts. They linked up well, especially in the first half when they had us under a bit of pressure, but John Lamb was excellent once again and it was a deserved win.”