Friday, October 12, 2007

Electric Avenue march on

By Ian Whiting

FC United 1 Park Avenue 4

Bradford Park Avenue eased themselves into the first qualifying-round of the FA Trophy with a preliminary-round replay victory over FC United of Manchester at Radcliffe Borough tonight.

United play their home games at Bury FC's Gigg Lane but the Coca-Cola League Two outfit had a reserve fixture so Bradford booked their meeting with Sheffield at a neutral ground.

Once Avenue had endured a difficult ten-minute opening spell they prospered.

Paul Gedman broke the deadlock in the 13th minute, Liam Flynn added a second in the 25th minute and Gedman hit the side netting as the visitors stormed the home defence.

FC United had more possession in the second half but Avenue scented victory and went for the jugular.

It was all over bar the singing just after the hour mark when a great cross from Flynn was smashed home by Steve Connors.

Substitute Mike Moseley grabbed the fourth in the 64th minute before Tony Hamley scored a late consolation.

9:53pm Wednesday 10th October 2007