Colin Todd called City's first pre-season outing a big bonus for everyone.

The Bantams romped to a 5-0 win at non-league Harrogate Town last night. But the large following of away fans were happy just to see their team playing again amid the relentless uncertainty about the club's future.

Todd said: "I think the fans appreciated that there was a Bradford City out there again. To be playing after a week when it looked like it might not happen was a big, big bonus.

"It was a good work-out although there is still a long way to go.

"We've put some hard work in but one or two players were blowing a bit and we know there's a lot of organisation and discipline to be sorted out."

Todd used five trialists and will have another look next week. He said: "It's wrong to judge players on just 90 minutes like that. We'll see what transpires with them."

Winger Ben Muirhead, hoping to make the most of his second chance with City, said: "It was nice just to be playing football again because that's all we want to do. It's good to get out there and forget about everything else."

Meanwhile, City have lost a ninth player after 19-year-old centre half Peter Folkes signed a one-year deal with Lincoln. But Tom Kearney, strongly linked with a move to Chester, played in the second half yesterday.

l 'We hit rock bottom but we'll bounce back' - David Wetherall's first interview since agreeing to stay at City, in Monday's Yorkshire Sports