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Report: Bradford (Park Avenue) 1-1 Spennymoor Town

  • Taylor nets ten minutes before break as Moors end scoring drought
  • Dockerty penalty levels score as BPA pressure tells twenty minutes from time
  • Moors end four game losing streak but remain winless in six league games

Attendance: 525

Bradford (Park Avenue) 1

Dockerty 71 (pen)

Spennymoor Town 1

Taylor 35

Moors claimed a point to end a four-game losing streak against a battling Bradford (Park Avenue).

Glen Taylor’s first half effort was cancelled out by Brad Dockerty’s second penalty, with both side’s creating chances to claim all three points.

Tommy Miller opted to make two changes to the side who began the 2-0 loss at Brackley in midweek, with Dale Eve making a return in goal, replacing Harry Flatters.

Adriano Moke, who was an unused substitute against The Saints, came in for Scott McLean, meaning Stephen Thompson moved to left full back.

It was the home side who began the brighter, with Brad Dockerty firing wide of Eve’s post after running on to a Adam Nowakowski header.

Moors, in search of a first goal in four games, carved open a good chance just part the quarter of an hour mark when Joe Tait slide a ball into Rob Ramshaw, but his low effort was saved by Jonny Saltimer.

As the half went on there was a sense that Moors were beginning to tighten their grip on the contest, and, with ten minutes of the half remaining, the deadlock was broken.

Glen Taylor, who netted Moors’ last goal against Curzon Ashton in late October, found space in the area before steering a left footed shot which went in via the post.

There was an overwhelming sense of relief following recent form, and it was clear that confidence was gained as Moors came close to doubling the lead moments later.

Ramshaw, who ran tirelessly all afternoon, drove forward and struck the base of the post with a fierce effort, with the half time whistle arriving at a bad time for Moors.

Avenue began the second half in similar fashion to the first, with Reece Staunton’s goal bound effort being superbly blocked by Tait.

The home side continued to press forward and Moors were indebted to Eve who smothered Jordan Windass’ sliding effort at the back post. 

Eve continued to prove his worth minutes later when he denied Nowakowski from a tight angle, with Moors’ goal continuing to live dangerously.

The hard work of Ramshaw won Moors a corner to provide some welcome relief, with Taylor’s goal bound header being cleared off the line by Nicky Clee.

Despite that rare second half opening for Spennymoor, the pressure from Avenue told when Thompson brought down Clee in the area, allowing Dockerty to slot the resulting penalty past Eve.

Both sides had glimpses of goal late on as the game became stretched, but Moors were forced to settle for a point and remain winless in six league games.

Bradford (Park Avenue): Saltimer, Ross, Staunton, Lund, Windass (Johnson 83), Gomis, Marriott, Richman, Nowakowski (Rawson 64), Dockerty (Mottley-Henry 76), Clee (C).

Subs not used: Odunston, Hall.

 

Spennymoor Town: Eve, Thompson, Sikora, Magnay, Tait, Lufudu, Chandler, Abbott (Hall 81), Moke, Taylor (C), Ramshaw.

Subs not used: Kennedy, Flatters, McLean, Richardson.

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