Bradford Park Avenue claimed their second win of the season with a dominant victory over struggling FC United of Manchester.
Adam Boyes opened the scoring in the first half with his third goal of the season after some good work from Oli Johnson.
Johnson was the creator again as he teed up Wayne Brooksby 10 minutes into the second period before the winger added his second and Avenue’s third with a tap-in on the end of some flowing football.
Brooksby could have had Bradford in front seconds into the match, as Boyes played him into the area but Lloyd Allinson in the FC goal made a smart save low to his right.
Avenue were well on top, corners seeing efforts from Boyes and Luca Havern blocked, but it wasn’t long before the home side were in front.
Johnson showed his class with some brilliant feet to beat full back Joel Senior before delivering a perfect cross which left Boyes with the simplest of headed finishes at the back post.
The visitors were looking very shaky in defence as a back-pass almost sold Allinson short, before Matty Hughes sliced a cross just past his own post.
Balls into the box were causing panic and Avenue could have gone two-up when Johnson rose to meet Ryan Toulson’s long throw, but he mistimed his jump and the header went over the bar.
Bradford could have been disappointed to go in at half time just one goal in front, but came out in the second period in the same mood as Jamie Spencer saw a volley from a clever corner routine blocked on its way to goal.
Spencer put in an impressive performance and could have had an assist to his name when an excellent through ball found Brooksby, but Hughes intervened well.
Johnson was proving to be the real driving force in Avenue’s attack as he worked space in the box before slipping a pass to Toulson whose cross-shot had Allinson beaten but it was hoofed out for a corner by Hughes.
However a minute later Avenue did have their breathing space, Johnson again running at the defence before playing a deft pass to Brooksby who controlled brilliantly before finishing with confidence, left-footed into the bottom corner.
Brooksby had a great chance just one minute later as Boyes played him in but his shot from the edge of the area was straight at Allinson.
FC had their first real sight at getting on the scoresheet 58 minutes in, as James Hooper set his sights from all of 35 yards, Steven Drench having to tip over the well-struck effort.
Boyes then came close again, Johnson playing a brilliant ball over the top which was controlled excellently by the Bradford number nine, but his effort was straight into Allinson’s grateful arms.
However Avenue did give the scoreline the gloss it deserved on 65 minutes when some brilliant football between Matt Hill and Nicky Clee saw the latter slip in Boyes whose shot was saved, but Brooksby was on hand to fire home the rebound from close range.
Spencer was involved again as he won the ball deep in the FC half and strode forward, playing in Johnson who could have returned the pass, but his near-post shot was saved by Allinson.
The former Huddersfield Town midfielder then came close himself as he let fly from 25 yards, his shot whistling just past the post with former teammate Allinson scrambling.
Brooksby had his sights set on a second hat-trick for the club as he attempted to catch Allinson out with a near post free-kick, but the goalkeeper was equal to the effort.
FC’s Nathan Lowe had been attempting to score from all kinds of distances all afternoon, most of his attempts were wayward but he did manage to get one on target but it was easily beaten away by Drench.
Deep into injury time substitute Lee Knight did well to get into a shooting position but just couldn’t catch his strike right.
The victory is even sweeter for Avenue coming off the back of three straight defeats, and means Mark Bower’s men can go into next weekend’s Bank Holiday double-header in good spirits.
Bradford face a trip to AFC Telford United on Saturday (26 August) before hosting Chorley on Bank Holiday Monday (28 August) with both games kicking off at 3pm.
Bradford Park Avenue: Drench, Ross, Hill, Wroe (c), Havern, Toulson, Brooksby (Knight 81), Spencer, Boyes (Lyn 87), Johnson, Clee (Knowles 90+2)
Subs not used: Hall
Goals: Boyes (17), Brooksby (55, 65)
Booked: Knight (90+3)
FC United of Manchester: Allinson, Senior, Wisdom, Kay (c), Fagbola, Hughes, Hooper (Lindfield 71), Lowe, Lacy, Brown (Brady 64), McCarthy (Greaves 71)
Subs not used: Corbett, Logan
Booked: Hughes (37), Lacy (45), Kay (83)
Referee: Adam Herczog