Bradford Park Avenue stretched their unbeaten run to six games with a 1-1 draw against Nuneaton Town at Horsfall Stadium.

The visitors took the lead just six minutes in as Tom Elliott tapped home from Billy Daniels’ cross, before Oli Johnson rattled in an equaliser in an even first half.

After the break Nuneaton were reduced to 10 men when Joel Dielna was shown his second yellow card before Bradford were handed a golden opportunity to win the match, only for Nicky Wroe to blast over from the penalty spot.

Both sides struck the woodwork in the second half but neither could find a winner with a draw probably a fair result.

Before the away team took the lead, Avenue had a big shout for a penalty turned down as Oli Johnson beat his man in the area before going down as he was set to shoot, but as he was clearly fouled the referee dramatically waved away the appeals.

And up the other end, Nuneaton went in front with the simplest of goals as Bailey was played in behind on the left and he squared for Elliott who couldn’t miss from a few yards out.

Boro almost had their second five minutes later as Ryan Toulson sold Ed Hall short with a backpass but Ashley Chambers’ prod dribbled well wide of the post.

Toulson then went on the attack and delivered a perfect cross which somehow neither Johnson nor Adam Boyes could connect with.

However Johnson did manage to find the back of the net with their next chance, a short corner seeing a bit of pinball in the area before the Bradford number 10 rifled the ball home with a well-struck volley.

Avenue were on top and looking to take the lead, Javan Vidal almost connecting with an inswinging cross which was heading towards the bottom corner and still required a good save from goalkeeper Dean Lyness.

Wroe then delivered a brilliant free kick which found James Knowles, his header looked set for the bottom corner only for it to drop just wide of the post.

There was still defending to be done for Bradford, Mark Ross brilliantly intervening as Daniel Nti looked set to score.

Nuneaton themselves has a penalty shout as Nti crossed towards Elliott at the back post, the goalscorer going down under pressure from Toulson but nothing was given.

The visitors were committing numerous fouls and eventually the referee had enough, booking Dielna after the full-back brought down Vidal on the break.

Toulson was at it again just after half time, delivering a peach of a cross which Boyes stretched to get to and could only head just wide.

Nuneaton should have scored as Chambers delivered a perfect cross towards Brady Hickey, but his header ricocheted off the top of the crossbar.

And just one minute later the away side were reduced to 10 men as Boyes ran through on goal and was hacked down by Dielna, the debutant having no complaints as he left the field.

It looked like a very clear penalty from the foul, but the referee only awarded a free kick right on the edge of the area, Nicky Clee forcing a good save from Lyness as his powerful effort headed for the top corner.

And five minutes later, Avenue were awarded a spot kick as the referee spotted a handball in the area. Up stepped Wroe but Lyness seemed to psyche him out, the skipper missing from the spot for the first time in green and white as his effort flew miles over the bar.

Bradford struggled to get going against the 10 men however, and didn’t create a real chance until the last 10 minutes.

Wayne Brooksby delivered a deep corner which was met by Ross, only for his header to thump the post and no-one was able to convert the rebound.

In fact Nuneaton had the last big chance of the afternoon as they broke and the ball fell to Nti who could only finish weakly and Hall made a comfortable save.

It is another short turnaround for Mark Bower’s Avenue, who host Boston United on Monday night before a trip to Southport in the FA Cup next weekend.

Bradford Park Avenue: Hall, Ross, Kelly, Wroe (c), Knowles, Toulson, Brooksby, Vidal (Spencer 63), Boyes, Johnson (Knight 76), Clee (Lyn 84)

Subs not used: Drench, Nowakowski

Goal: Johnson (20)

Booking: Vidal (38)

Nuneaton Town: Lyness, Trotman, Dielna, Beswick (c, Wildin 57), Gascoigne, Heaton, Daniels, Elliott, Chambers, Hickey (Ball 84), Nti

Subs not used: Taylor, Glover, Ashton

Goal: Elliott (6)

Bookings: Dielna (36), Beswick (45), Chambers (59), Nti (83)

Sent off: Dielna (54)

Referee: Leigh Doughty

Attendance: 319