THREE first half goals condemned Bradford (Park Avenue) to their second consecutive loss of their new Vanarama National League North campaign at Kettering Town.

Mark Bower's men tried to launch a comeback after the break but Oli Johnson's finish merely proved to be a consolation in the 3-1 defeat.

Lewis Knight was the biggest absentee from the visitors' line-up while loanee Harry Boyes made his debut from left back.

The hosts were not waiting about and opened up the scoring in vicious style three minutes in through an amazing Ben Stephens strike from 20 yards out.

A teasing Decarrey Sheriff cross was a sign of further things to come as Town got their second on the quarter of an hour mark.

Joshua Scott jumped on the scoresheet after Stephens' short corner was crossed by namesake Milnes.

With Bradford not offering much at the other end, Kettering made their afternoon worse. A long throw bemused the defence and Scott doubled his tally with another header.

Bower's half time team talk seemed to have worked immediately as his team got on the board in the 46th-minute. Nicky Clee's half cleared corner landed at the feet of Johnson who smashed home.

Despite, an 'OJ' brace being denied by Adam Collin's stern gloves, it was the home side who should have extended their lead. Sheriff made Dan Atkinson save well from close range.

That was the last piece of real action as the match petered out to leave Park Avenue in a sorry 19th after two games.