Bradford Park Avenue 0 v 3 Bradford City (Tom Banks Memorial Trophy)
Bradford Park Avenue welcomed local neighbours Bradford City to the Horsfall Stadium for the first chance of silverware this season, as both sides took part in the annual pre-season game for the Tom Banks Memorial Trophy.
City used the game to have a look at a number of trialists with no fewer then eight in the starting line up along with first team players James Meredith, Jason Kennedy and Lewis Clarkson.
Park Avenue started the game well and had the first chance of the game when former Bantam Joe Colbeck delivered a ball into the feet of Brad Barraclough, his first time lay-off to Chib Chilaka left the striker with just Matt Urwin in the City goal to beat, but his effort went over the bar from 12 yards.
Bradford City then had an opportunity when Reggie Lambe played a through-ball behind the Avenue defence which was met by Achille Campion, despite Avenue appealing for offside the striker was left one-on-one with Jon Maxted but he could only smash his shot against the bar.
On thirty minutes Park Avenue hit the woodwork themselves. After a fine interception and pass from right-back Chris Howarth, the impressive Barraclough struck the ball from the edge of the box resulting in a full-length dive from ‘keeper Matt Urwin, who tipped the ball onto the post.
Bradford City opened the scoring on forty-four minutes when Reggie Lambe gathered the ball on the left before playing a perfectly timed ball for Campion, who was able to tap in from six yards.
With only seconds left in the first half, City doubled their lead with an almost identical goal. Substitute Danny Galbraith took the ball down the left wing and produced a fantastic cross for Campion to nod home.
At the start of the second-half, Bradford Park Avenue changed their formation in the hope of getting back into the game, however after only fourteen minutes of the second-half City scored their third goal which finished the game as a contest.
On fifty-nine minutes Achille Campion completed his hat-trick to the delight of the travelling Bantams fans. Galbraith was involved in the build up again as he found space in midfield and carried the ball forward until placing a through-ball to Campion. The striker ran through on goal and scored by placing the ball underneath Maxted.
The Avenue trialist Josiah Donaldson came on late in the second half and created their final chance of the game, after bringing the ball down onto his left foot, he showed some nice skill to take the ball past the City defender, but Colbeck was unable to get on the end of the delivery.
At the final whistle it was Bradford City who came out on top with a 3-0 victory to retain the Tom Banks Memorial Trophy.
Speaking after the game manager Phil Parkinson said, “With all the scholars away in Holland on pre-season tour, we have used a lot of the trialists in the game this evening.
However we needed to have look at them in a game, there is only so much you can pick up from training. It’s important to see them in a match situation, if we leave it any longer, it’s going to impact on the season
Bradford PA – Maxted, Howarth, Drury, Kerr, Hewitt, Mallory, Chilaka, Hotte, Barraclough, James, Colbeck.(Subs) Morgan, Hume, Miller, Donaldson, Hamilton
Bradford City – Urwin, Coulson, Meredith, Rodden, Bryan, Routis, Sheriff, Kennedy, Campion, Clarkson, Lambe (Subs) Landu, Galbraith, Heaton, Butler
Goals – (Bradford City) Campion (44, 45, 59)
Attendance – 669