Gloucester City were condemned to yet another Skrill North defeat by Bradford Park Avenue on a stormy day in West Yorkshire.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers had hoped to end a wretched two month wait for a league win, but under a thunder and lightning storm their hopes evaporated in the torrential rain.\r\n\r\nA drilled penalty by Darren Edwards had cancelled out Nathan Hotte’s opener before James Knowles poked home before half-time for the home side.\r\n\r\nAvenue defender Richard Marshall was dismissed after a poor challenge on Joe Parker, however, City failed to make any real inroads into the Bradford defence  before Alex Davidson sealed the win in the 88th minute.\r\n\r\nA fruitless afternoon for Dave Mehew, but competent displays from loanee signings Jordan Goddard and Connor Waldon will prove food for thought.\r\n\r\nCity are now 20th in the division and in the relegation places for the first time since their debut Conference North season in 2009; not the type of preparation needed ahead of an FA Cup tie against League Two leaders Fleetwood Town.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers, and Waldon, started brightly with the young Swindon Town striker testing John Lamb with a duo of early efforts.\r\n\r\nDavidson, who impressed throughout the contest, tested City keeper Mike Green low but was easily stopped; this was quickly followed by Paul Walker which met a similar result.\r\n\r\nOn a bobbly surface City struggled to keep the ball on the deck; this however proved no issue for Bradford as they pinged the ball from the left into the path of captain Hotte who checked back and shot a low drive into the bottom corner for the lead.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers were back in the contest 10 minutes after as referee Glen Hart spotted a handball among a mêlée of bodies to award City a penalty that Darren Edwards converted without fuss.\r\n\r\nThe City talisman then had the opportunity to give City the lead but his header in the six yard box cannoned past the post.\r\n\r\nIt was Bradford’s turn to rue a missed opportunity soon after with Green producing a fine point blank save to deny Hotte.\r\n\r\nHowever, City’s resistance crumbled just before the break with Knowles poking home in the six yard box after a free kick from Nicky Boshell.\r\n\r\nMehew brought on the influential Joe Parker as he chased an equaliser, and City’s job became easier on the hour when Marshall raised a high foot against the teenager leaving Avenue with 10 men.\r\n\r\nThe one man advantage should’ve ignited a stirring comeback, but instead Davidson and substitute Chib Chilaka both had failed attempts on Green’s goal in deteriorating conditions.\r\n\r\nCity did look to pressurise with Tom Webb leading the way but Bradford’s wall of a defence kept the Tigers at bay.\r\n\r\nWith City pushing for that equaliser, the ball broke for Davidson who ran directly through an open gap in the backline to smash home a third and push Mehew’s side deeper into a relegation battle.\r\n\r\nBradford Park Avenue: J. Lamb, C. Howarth, M. Dury, R. Marshall, J. Knowles, S. Mallory, N. Boshell (Chilaka 68), N. Hotte, A. Davidson (Clamp 90+2), J. Deacey (Lenighan 61), P. Walker\r\n\r\nSubs not used: T. Corner, S. Maxfield, C. Clamp\r\n\r\nGoals: Hotte 19, Knowles 41, Davidson 88\r\n\r\nGloucester City: M. Green, M. Green (Wilson 65), T. Weir, M. Coupe, J. Harris, T. Webb, J. Goddard, M.Liddiard (Parker 45), D. Edwards, C. Waldon (Binns 77), S. Turl\r\n\r\nSubs not used: R. Batten, S. Rawlings\r\n\r\nGoals: Edwards 30 (pen)

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