Bradford (Park Avenue) have hit back from their eight successive defeats by claiming two wins in a row, the latest coming with a 2-0 victory over mid-table Workington AFC in the Northern Premier League Premier Division yesterday.

Bradford are now looking to turn their season around and avoid relegation, and are now only four points from safety, having been nine adrift just over a week ago.

Danny Whitaker’s men were still on a high from last weekend’s win and hoped to maintain that good feeling by taking an early lead in Cumbria.

With only six minutes of the game gone, Avenue’s Edy Maieco took a shot but it went just wide of Jim Atkinson’s goal.

Just moments later, Avenue did take the lead, with Jordan Preston finding the back of the net after a fantastic passage of play involving Mason O’Malley and Harry Colville.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jordan Preston (10) cracks Avenue in front early on after some good build-up play from his team-mates.Jordan Preston (10) cracks Avenue in front early on after some good build-up play from his team-mates. (Image: John Rhodes.)

Maieco then got in one-on-one with Atkinson but sent the ball over the bar and only minutes later Colville found himself in space but launched the ball straight at the keeper.

The first yellow of the game came for a rattled Workington, when Conor Tinnion was punished for dragging back Harrison Hopper.

The home side’s first chance of the game came after 34 minutes, where striker Scott Allison was superbly put off by covering left-back O’Malley.

That was it in terms of chances before the break, and early in the second half, on-loan Avenue keeper Kieran Flavell kept Workington out by dealing with a corner superbly.

The Cumbrians were looking most likely to score, with them having the majority of the possession, but Avenue were able to dig deep and keep defending their lead.

And, with only seven minutes left of the second half, Maieco tried his luck in front of goal once again and this time was able to find the back of the net and secure Avenue’s win.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Avenue players celebrate Edy Maieco's late goal in Cumbria yesterday.The Avenue players celebrate Edy Maieco's late goal in Cumbria yesterday. (Image: John Rhodes.)

This marked his second goal in two games, after his strike in the 3-2 win at Warrington Rylands last time out.

In the dying moments of the game, Bradford were left with only 10 men when Jacob Lara received a red card for an off-the-ball incident, in just his third game for the club on loan from Salford City.

Next weekend, Avenue are back at Horsfall, where they take on ninth-placed Ashton United looking for a third consecutive win.