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Paul Walker ensures that Bradford Park Avenue are safe
Workington 0, Bradford Park Avenue 2
Avenue finally put any lingering relegation worries firmly to bed as they reached 49 Skrill Conference North points for the season with two second-half goals at basement outfit Workington.
There was some tension in the air with the home side being on a good run as they battled to rescue themselves. The opening exchanges were very even, with little given away by either side.
Chib Chilaka got the game’s first shot on target midway through the first period but the home keeper’s positioning was spot-on.
Workington countered to force a corner but the good delivery went safe, skimming the forehead of an attacker.
Chilaka got on the end of a good cross from Grant Black to get in a powerful header but once again he picked out the home keeper.
Workington finished the half strongly and Joe Jackson should have given them a lead to take into the break. He had got clear but curled a shot wide with only Avenue keeper John Lamb to beat.
The visitors came out with purpose, and eight minutes into the second half they finally broke the deadlock.
The move began with a superb break by Jordan Deacey, who found Chilaka, and he laid the ball to Paul Walker, who took it in his stride before hitting a low drive into the corner of the net.
There was a chance for the home side to level but Lamb did well to force Godwin Abadaki wide and he couldn’t find the net from an acute angle.
Walker went from scorer to provider as he rounded his marker before slipping a pass to Paul Beesley, who drilled home Avenue’s second goal.
It was just the response Bradford boss John Deacey wanted following two heavy defeats.
The three clubs above Workington all drew - second from bottom Stalybridge Celtic to fourth-from-bottom Oxford City - to leave 12th-placed Avenue 17 points clear of the drop zone with only 12 points to play for.
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