Chorley have to settle for point at Bradford PA

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BRADFORD PARK AVENUE 0CHORLEY 0​Chorley had to settle for a point from their visit to Bradford (Park Avenue) on Saturday, despite bossing the game at the Horsfall Community Stadium for long periods.

​Sensing the opportunity to further cement a spot in the division’s top seven, manager Andy Preece went with an attacking line-up which went on to dominate the first half and much of second.

Jon Ustabaşı was the first visiting player to test George Sykes-Kenworthy in the home goal, forcing the keeper into a low save with barely two minutes on the clock.

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That effort set the tempo as Chorley went at Avenue time and again, but failed to produce a real gilt-edged opportunity.

Chorley manager Andy Preece (photo: Stefan Willoughby)Chorley manager Andy Preece (photo: Stefan Willoughby)
Chorley manager Andy Preece (photo: Stefan Willoughby)

Ollie Shenton had two efforts blocked and Billy Whitehouse fizzed a half volley inches wide.

But it was an overhit cross that went closest – Adam Henley’s deep ball into the box striking the upright just before the break.

The second half followed roughly the same pattern.

Jack Sampson headed a corner over, Connor Hall and Henley saw close-range efforts saved and debutant Louis Britton also had a shot repelled by Sykes-Kenworthy.

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A little late flurry from the hosts offered them respite from defensive duties, but, almost inevitably, the fixture finished goalless for the third season in arow.

BRADFORD (PA): Sykes-Kenworthy; Odunston, Adewoju, Lancaster, Havern (Church 85), Fielding, Maroodza (Hopper 61), Richman, Blyth, Preston (Dockerty 74), Longbottom. Subs not used: Hall, Johnson.

CHORLEY: Urwin; Henley, Smith, Wilson, Whitehouse (Johnson 76), Calveley, Sampson (Britton 80), Ustabaşı, Shenton (Tomlinson 73), Blakeman, Hall. Subs not used: Leather, Nolan.

Attendance: 491

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