MARK Bower bemoaned the lack of desire his Bradford (Park Avenue) players showed as they were beaten by a team three divisions below them in a friendly.

In what was the first match on their new 3G surface, the hosts were outfought 2-1 by a hungry Yorkshire Amateur side.

The visitors took a two goal lead after 16 minutes thanks to goals from Roy Fogarty and Stephen Crawford.

A late Jamie Lyons penalty proved to be merely a consolation on a disappointing night under the Horsfall lights.

Bower thinks Bradford, who were missing both goalkeeper Dan Atkinson and captain Nicky Clee, need to be more tenacious and battle hardened.

He said: "They (Yorkshire) showed us up a little bit at times. I thought they were much better at the ugly side, getting to those second balls and tracking runners.

"We tried a different formation (five at the back) which we haven’t had a chance to work on. We did some bad stuff which we were punished for.

"We got caught out by a couple of balls over the top, which normally we wouldn’t do, and that led to them scoring a couple of goals. At the other end, as poor as we were, we had four or five gilt-edge chances. We have got to be taking them.

"You go behind in our league and we are going to really find it hard to break teams down. That’s what happened last season.

"If we go in front, it plays into our hands and we can maybe sit back, soak up the pressure and use the pace that we have got on the counter. That first goal is so precious.

"We just have to show a bit more confidence and bravery on the ball at times. We have got to try use the pitch to our advantage.

"The match highlighted that when we do have three or four senior players out then it is going to be very difficult for us. We have got to find a way to get the result when that is the case."

A player who has set a good example all pre-season is Isaac Marriott.

The youngster has impressed in a more advanced role and his boss is looking forward to see him progress.

Bower added: "Isaac was our best player by a country mile. He set the tone which one or two did not follow in the first half, that's very disappointing.

"He sets the intensity with his energy and his work rate. He has also improved a lot in terms of his quality on the ball too.

"If he continues to improve then we have got a really good player on our hands."

Park Avenue hope to have a least one more outing before their final friendly of pre-season at Spennymoor Town on September 26.

Bower outlined his intentions: "We are a little bit short and we need to work on that with the trialist lads and potential loans.

"At this stage, we are a couple of weeks away from the start of the season and we are still rusty to say the least.

"We have got a couple of players who we need to get back on the pitch and get them minutes because they are key for us."

The club also confirmed that the player who showed Covid-19 symptoms, which forced the Grantham Town game to be cancelled at the weekend, test came back negative.