Bradford Park Avenue made it two wins in a row with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Altrincham.

Bradford went ahead just over a quarter of an hour in, Oli Johnson finishing after good work from Jake Hibbs, but Elliot Newby levelled with a well taken goal to send the sides into half time at 1-1.

But just after the restart, Newby was shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident, and eventually Matt Hill scored the winner with 10 minutes to play, knocking the ball home after a Tim Deasy save fell into his path.

Avenue started the game brightly and Johnson was looking dangerous, doing brilliantly to get in on the right but he just couldn’t pick out a green and white shirt with his low cross.

From the resulting corner, Nicky Wroe’s cross just evaded the waiting attackers, before Wayne Brooksby almost slipped Emile Sinclair in on goal.

Bradford did take the lead though on 16 minutes, after some excellent play by Hibbs.

The on-loan full back won the ball back on the edge of his own box and went on a great run through the heart of the pitch, before slotting a great pass through to Johnson who finished into the bottom corner when one-on-one.

Avenue were well on top, Johnson crossing the ball having won it back only for no-one to be up with him, before his looping header dropped onto the roof of the net.

Bradford had a long spell of possession in the Altrincham half, but the visitors got a break and earned a corner, Jake Moult’s delivery catching Jon Worsnop off guard, the ball ricocheting back off the crossbar.

Back up the other end, Sinclair made an excellent turn to get him behind on the right, and his low cross was just slightly behind Johnson.

Just a minute later, the visitors drew level thanks to a well-taken goal from Newby.

Ex-Avenue player Sam Patterson fired a long ball across the pitch which was superbly controlled by Newby, cutting inside before he curled a brilliant finish into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Bradford were shook, but should have gone back in front when Johnson nicked past Andy McWilliams to get into the area, but with time and space he fired wildly over the bar.

The home side had another chance just before half time, as Brooksby slipped the ball through to Sinclair, but a great tackle from Chris Lynch allowed Deasy to make a comfortable save.

Just after half time came the huge talking point of the match as goalscorer Newby was shown a straight red card.

He and Brooksby were chasing a ball in the corner and the Newby appeared to swing an elbow into the face of the Bradford winger, the incident was missed by referee Billy Khatib but after a conversation with the linesman, a straight red card was produced.

Avenue almost went ahead inadvertently, when Sinclair’s cross cannoned off Jake Moult, but Patterson cleared near his goal line.

Sinclair then did brilliantly to get in behind, beating Heathcote to the ball but his low shot was excellently denied by Deasy.

The hosts retook the lead though with 10 minutes to play, as substitute Chris Sharp sent a brilliant looping header towards the top corner, Deasy managed to tip the ball onto the post, but left back Hill followed in and knocked the ball into the unguarded goal.

There was almost late drama as Altrincham were allowed time to take a corner six minutes in to the four minutes of added time, James Knowles having to head off the line from Sam Patterson’s looping effort.

But ultimately a dominant performance earned Mark Bower’s side an important three points as they look to secure safety in the National League North.

Bradford Park Avenue: Worsnop, Hibbs, Hill, Wroe (c), Killock, Knowles, Brooksby, D.Boshell, Sinclair (Sharp 72), Johnson, Rothery (Chippendale 78)

Subs not used: Toulson, Hall, Spencer

Goals: Johnson (16), Hill (80)

Altrincham: Deasy, Patterson, McWilliams, Moult, Heathcote, Lynch, Richman, Brownhill, Owens, Reeves, Newby

Subs not used: Hannigan, Jones

Goal: Newby (28)

Booking: Lynch (63)

Sent off: Newby (47)

Referee: Billy Khatib

Attendance: 516