Four catastrophic first half minutes saw Bradford Park Avenue defeated at Spennymoor Town.
Avenue had dominated the first half for 35 minutes, but some lapse defending allowed Glen Taylor to open the scoring with the hosts’ first shot on goal.
Then it was a calamitous few moments for Bradford, as Taylor grabbed his second two minutes later before Andrew Johnson headed the third a minute after that and all of a sudden Spennymoor had the game won.
Avenue began the game on top from the word go, playing down a significant slope at The Brewery Field, Mark Ross’ cross falling to Jamie Spencer but he couldn’t keep his volley down.
Bradford continued to come forward in their droves as Nicky Clee in particular impressed on the left, Wayne Brooksby seeing a strike fall straight into the arms of home stopper Daniel Lowson.
A minute later Avenue should have gone ahead as Clee’s corner flashed right across the face of goal, begging for a touch from Oli Johnson who just couldn’t stretch far enough.
Brooksby then had his turn to deliver an excellent corner kick, with Lowson flapping James Knowles found himself relatively unmarked but he couldn’t control his header.
Adam Boyes then came close, as he met a good cross from right back Ross, but Lowson got down sharply and saved well.
Then came the sucker punch. Avenue were caught off-guard as Ryan Hall attacked down the right, and his cross deflected straight onto the head of Taylor who made no mistake.
Less than two minutes later and Spennymoor had their second as Matt Dixon’s low cross was flicked into the bottom corner by Taylor as Avenue looked bewildered.
And as shellshocked Bradford fans watched on, Town made it three in four minutes as Johnson headed in David Foley’s cross.
The visitors had one more chance before the end of the half, Luca Havern hitting a powerful volley goalwards which Lowson did well to hold onto.
But the half time interval didn’t seem to halt the home side’s progress, as inside 20 seconds they earned a corner when Steven Drench had to beat away Taylor’s strike at the near post.
Avenue were making changes to try and get something from the game as Nicky Boshell and Lee Knight were introduced, but more misery was piled on the away team as half-time sub Boshell pulled up with a hamstring injury and had to be replaced by debutant Cameron Lyn.
And to sum up Bradford’s recent luck, a great opening was worked for Boyes who looked set to finish but his effort took a touch from Lowson on its way and looped onto the bar.
For all his attacking endeavours, Lyn had to do some defensive work as he did excellently to clear James Curtis’ volley off the line from a corner.
The game petered out and Avenue were left with nothing to show despite an overall significant improvement from Saturday’s lacklustre defeat to York City.
Next up for Mark Bower’s men is a home tie against FC United of Manchester on Saturday (19 August).
Spennymoor Town: Lowson, Griffiths, Chantler, Dixon, Tait (c), Curtis, Hall, Ramshaw, Taylor, Johnson (Chandler 72), Foley (Orrell 76)
Subs not used: Mason, Porter, Armstrong
Goals: Taylor (36, 38), Johnson (39)
Booking: Griffiths (51)
Bradford Park Avenue: Drench, Ross, Hill, Spencer, Havern, Knowles (c), Brooksby, D.Boshell (N.Boshell 46 (Lyn 60)), Boyes, Johnson (Knight 57), Clee
Subs not used: Toulson, Hall
Referee: D. McNamara