Bradford Park Avenue won for the second game in a row with a comprehensive victory over fellow strugglers Gainsborough Trinity.
The game heavily swung 20 minutes in however, when visiting goalkeeper George Willis was sent off for violent conduct, Trinity without a recognised goalkeeper amongst the substitutes.
Nicky Wroe converted the resulting penalty to see Bradford go 1-0 up into the break, but it wasn’t all plain sailing as Gavin Rothery levelled 10 minutes into the second half.
But Avenue took control from there and goals from Danny Boshell, Oli Johnson, Chris Sharp and a second Wroe spot kick gave them their most resounding win of the season.
Avenue started the game sloppily and Gainsborough had two great chances to get in front in the opening 10 minutes.
Firstly, former Avenue man Chib Chilaka was played in behind only to be foiled by an excellent Matt Hill tackle, before Ashley Worsfold was through on goal but he hesitated and Jon Worsnop was down smartly to stop him progressing.
Then came the game’s big turning point 20 minutes in when Willis was shown his marching orders.
The Gainsborough goalkeeper had the ball in his arms, and took a swing at Boshell, catching him full in the face and the referee had no hesitation.
With no substitute goalkeeper, defender Brad Beatson took up the goalkeeper’s shirt, but was powerless in his first act as Wroe thumped the penalty into the top corner.
Chances were slow in coming in the first period, but Avenue came close on the half-hour when Aidan Chippendale rattled the crossbar with a free kick from 20 yards.
Just before the break Gainsborough applied some rare pressure, Worsnop beating away Chilaka’s powerful effort from a narrow angle.
After the interval the visitors came out fighting and Avenue seemed shocked, and after being in control for 10 minutes Rothery pulled them level.
A ball came in which Chilaka attempted to control, only for his touch to fall perfectly for the former Guiseley winger who fired a shot through Worsnop’s legs.
Mark Bower made an immediate response as he replaced Luke Dean with Sharp but Trinity so nearly levelled moments later.
Jordan Thewlis crossed low from the left and Chilaka looked certain to score with his touch, only for Worsnop to make a brilliant point blank save to deny him. The rebound looked set to be knocked home by right-back Josh Lacey, but he took a complete air kick and the chance was gone.
Avenue were spurred on however and hit the woodwork once more just two minutes later.
Johnson cut inside and curled a looping effort over Beatson only for it to bounce off the underside of the bar. Chippendale had to improvise a header with the follow up which looked set to nestle in the back of the net only for an excellent save by the stand in keeper.
However Chippendale was involved when Avenue re-took the lead just after the hour mark.
He cut inside from the right and whipped a brilliant early cross in, picking out the run of Boshell who looped a header right into the top corner from 15 yards out.
Avenue gained control from there and nearly went two clear twice as Brooksby curled an effort just over the bar, before Johnson glanced a header wide from Ryan Toulson’s cross.
The third goal was coming and Bradford got it on 71 minutes as Johnson netted his first goal for the club.
The hosts caught Gainsborough on the break as Sharp carried the ball forward, he played an excellent pass to pick out Johnson who chested the ball down before neatly lifting it over Beatson on the volley.
That goal seemed to kill the visitors off, Avenue going on to net a fourth with 10 minutes to play.
Toulson delivered a cross from the right and Sharp got to the ball before Beatson, his header looping into the corner of the goal.
And in the last minute, Bradford were awarded their second penalty of the match. Chippendale raced clear and knocked the ball past Beatson who hacked the winger to the ground.
Up stepped Wroe, and he sent the temporary stopper the wrong way with a confident low effort into the back of the net, his brace doubling his personal tally for the season.
There was still time for Chilaka to come even closer in his attempt to score against his former club, stepping up for a free kick 25 yards out, his effort clipping the outside of the post on its way behind.
The final whistle was blown after that effort, Avenue scoring more than five goals in a league game for the first time since putting six past Worcester City in January 2014.
The three points doesn’t carry Avenue out of the bottom three, but bunches the lower reaches right up with Bower’s men one of three sides level on 28 points, with Gainsborough and Alfreton also within touching distance one and two points ahead respectively.
Next up for Bradford is a trip to Nuneaton Town next Saturday, as they look to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Bradford Park Avenue: Worsnop, Toulson (c), Hill (Killock 80), Wroe, Nowakowski, Knowles, Brooksby (Sinclair 76), D.Boshell, Chippendale, Johnson, Dean (Sharp 56)
Subs not used: Hall, Dickinson
Goals: Wroe (21, 90), D.Boshell (61), Johnson (71), Sharp (80)
Gainsborough Trinity: Willis, Lacey, Beatson, Thornhill (c), Evans, Picton, Thewlis (Bailey-King 74), Wiles, Worsfold (Reid 26), Chilaka, Rothery (Burdett 83)
Subs not used: Jarman, Wilson
Goal: Rothery (54)
Booking: Thewlis (29)
Sent off: Willis (20)
Referee: David Underwood