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Pass masters Bradford Park Avenue in four-star show
AFC Goole 1 Bradford Park Avenue 4 Conference North newcomers Bradford Park Avenue maintained the momentum of their pre-season campaign with another convincing victory.
Visiting the Evo-Stik Division One North outfit AFC Goole, John Deacey’s men cantered to a win, with the home side bagging a late consolation. Once again for Avenue, the key was their crisp passing game and excellent ball retention.
They broke the deadlock early as Danny Holland stabbed home following a tenth-minute Michael Duck-worth corner. Deacey’s men went on to dominate the first period, although debutant keeper Tim Deasy did have to make a sharp save to deny Goole’s Mark Baggaley.
Jordan Deacey – the manager’s son – starred after the break. The sought-after midfielder came off the bench for the start of the second half and a mesmerising run past three defenders led to a pass that Richard Marshall converted.
Avenue’s third came from Deacey’s own boot, albeit with an assist. Simon Baldry, who was also introduced as a substitute after the interval, forced a corner and Deacey’s curling delivery was fumbled over the line by the home keeper.
Avenue’s fourth came when James Riley netted a well-struck volley following a cross from Billy Law. The home side pulled one back in the penultimate minute when Andy Jackson’s bicycle kick found the bottom corner.
Avenue press spokesman Lewis Sale said: “As a team I think they are going in the right direction and John is getting the balance just right.
“The trialist keeper has played for Barrow and Gateshead earlier in his career, so he is quite experienced and he looked good in this game. John also had Simon Baldry and Luke Sharry still playing as trialists and, once again, they both did very, very well.
“There is another friendly at Selby Town on Tuesday evening so we have played three, remaining unbeaten, and have five still to play.”