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Match Report AFC Telford United 0-2 Bradford Park Avenue
By Jack Ward
BRADFORD Park Avenue brought an end to AFC Telford United’s
11 game unbeaten home run this afternoon as Mark Bower’s men turned over the
Bucks two goals to nil in this top of the table clash.
League leaders Bradford extended their unbeaten run to seven
games at New Bucks Head stadium, with two second half counter attacking goals
proving the difference.
In a tight affair, the away side took 52 minutes to break
the deadlock, Jake Beasley’s close-range shot was parried by Andy Wycherley but
only to the feet of Lewis Knight who slotted the ball into an empty net.
Despite the loss however, there was still applause from the
Bucks fans as the stadium payed homage to the late Bill Parton prior to kick
off in the form of a minute’s appreciation.
All Telford players wore a black armband to pay respect to
the lifetime Bucks fan who had supported the club for over 75 years and was a
regular on the away coach.
Substitute Jamie Spencer then put the nail in the Bucks’
coffin in the 92nd minute, Beasley won the tussle with Bucks captain
Shane Sutton on the left wing before squaring the ball to Spencer for a simple
Telford were fast out the blocks, Daniel Udoh rolled his
defender on the edge of the penalty area only to scuff his effort at goalkeeper
Steven Drench within the opening seconds of the game.
Bradford were wary of the Nigerian forward, who has netted
eight times this season for the Bucks and set up to give him a troublesome
afternoon, being fouled six times by the Avenue.
Just five minutes later, James McQuilkin showed great vision
to pick out an unmarked Darryl Knights, whose side-footed effort sailed just
over bar from ten yards out.
At the half-hour mark man of the match Henry Cowans showed
notes of father Gordon, with a killer cross swung in from the right wing, but Ellis
Deeney’s headed effort was just wide of the post.
Telford substitute Ryan Barnett had the best chance of the
second half, a venomous strike from 20 yards towards the top-right corner
forced a spectacular save from Drench to prevent the Bucks from equalising in
the 77th minute.
Bucks fans saw one of their two new signings in action this
afternoon as electric left-winger Brendon Daniels came off the bench in the 78th
minute for Amari Morgan-Smith.
Daniels had an instant impact on the game and showcased his
pace to the Bucks fans, blistering down the left wing before picking out Barnett
who’s shot was saved.
Fellow new signing Yusifu Ceesau didn’t make it off the
bench against league leaders Bradford but will be itching for a chance to prove
himself against Altrincham on Saturday.
The defeat sees Telford drop to fifth position in the National
League North, but next week’s opponents Altrincham sit above them in fourth,
the perfect opportunity for Gavin Cowan’s men to bounce back.