Jake Beesley’s confidently struck penalty was the difference on the day as the hosts ended up hanging on for all three points. Avenue were the better side for most of the game and probably should have had the match wrapped up were it not for a string of fine saves from Cam Belford and a couple of goal-line clearances.
The hosts managed six shots at goal before Miles Addison made Charlie Andrew work, on the half hour mark, a routine save from a header. Boro’ did grow in to the match as the half wore on but Bradford had a flurry before the break, Lewis Knight and Nicky Clee having shots on the Nuneaton goal.
Boro’ had a couple of efforts to start the second period, Ryan Edmunds shooting from range. Belford made another great save, denying a close range header and taking a boot in the face as he gathered the rebound.
Moments later Referee Barry Lamb gave the hosts a penalty, pointing to the spot as he adjudged Curtis Obeng had fouled his man as he looked to win a header. Beesley gave Cam no chance with his well-placed spot kick.
Jimmy Ginnelly’s side responded well to the set back, Taylor Allen, Luis Morrison and Mike Calveley all going close before the hosts regained the upper hand. Two goal-line clearances kept the Boro’ in the game when it looked like Calveley had found an equaliser, his header drifting narrowly over.
It was then Bradford’s turn to live dangerously, clearing off the line twice with five minutes to play. Boro’ fought for a point but came up just short as Avenue escaped with the 1-0 win. Free scoring Altrincham, who have notched 27 goals in an eight match unbeaten run, will visit Liberty Way on Saturday the 20th of April for a 15:00 kick-off.
Updated 18:14 - 13 Apr 2019 by Adam Etheridge