OLI Johnson netted a brace to provide Bradford (Park Avenue) with their first win of the 2020/21 season on their third attempt by overcoming Hereford 2-0 at Edgar Street.

OJ bagged both his goals inside a brilliant first half for Bradford who were as good at the other end of the pitch to keep a clean sheet against a team targeting a playoff finish this term.

Mark Bower's men could not have got off to a better start when Johnson scored his first just moments after kickoff. Brad Dockerty crossed excellently to give the forward an easy finish.

20 minutes later, the hosts were unfortunate not to be level. Defender Luke Haines produced a powerful 25-yard strike which rattled off the crossbar.

Avenue responded with Dockerty a danger once again, his free kick was ineffectively saved by Paul White. The stopper responded well though to deny Luca Havern's rebound at the near post.

On such a great night, there was some misery as Dockerty was forced to come off on the half hour mark with a suspected injury. Jordan Windass replaced the exciting winger.

The Bulls capitalised and should have found a leveller through two top chances. Harry Boyes had to clear Lenell John-Lewis' left footed finish off the line before Dan Atkinson saved well after Mitch Lund's poor pass gave Tom Owen Evans an opportunity.

Johnson was back on the scoresheet pre half time and what a goal it was. The 32-year-old rounded a Hereford defender, played a one-two with Adam Nowakowski, then generated a delightful back heel to beat the stunned White.

The Bulls nearly halved the deficit when Jared Hodgkiss' cross was touched on narrowly wide by Dan Jones. Atkinson was in action again too, he brilliantly halted John-Lewis' deflected strike.

It was a much quieter start to the second period with neither team able to force an opening. Ryan Lloyd's blazed effort was as good as it got for the first 25 minutes.

Johnson could have got his hat-trick when the fantastic Nowakowski's header found the marksman but his own nod flew over.

After defeats to Gateshead and Kettering Town, his team's resilient defending would have pleased Bower as they held out for a much-need three points which leaves them 14th.

Bradford have a Horsfall double header to look forward too over the weekend. Newly relegated Chorley travel to West Yorkshire on Saturday while Boston United make the long trip up north on Monday.