Bradford Park Avenue 3-1 Harrogate Town
Former CNG Stadium favourite Chib Chilaka helped derail Harrogate Town’s promotion challenge with a goal in Bradford Park Avenue’s 3-1 win on Easter Monday.
Chilaka caught Peter Crook napping with the opening goal before teammates Ryan Qualter and Dylan Mottley-Henry completed a crushing defeat on Town.
Brendon Daniels smashed in a remarkable late consolation but it did little to raise the mood as Town slipped 17 points behind league leaders Solihull Moors.
However, despite a run of just three points from a possible 18, Simon Weaver’s men remain in fourth place in National League North and hold a crucial five-point gap to sixth-placed Nuneaton Town.
Bradford were quicker out of the blocks at the Horsfall Stadium and went ahead after just ten minutes.
Liam Dickinson capitalised on Crook’s dithering and the goalkeeper’s kick only found Chilaka 30 yards out - the striker returning the ball into an unguarded net.
Town looked to respond and on 26 minutes, Qualter denied them what looked a certain equaliser with a goalline clearance from Paul Clayton’s strike.
The defender continued to be the scourge of the visitors as he went on to double the hosts’ lead 12 minutes later, heading home Richard Marshall’s corner from six yards.
Bradford came close to a match-winning third soon after the restart by Chilaker’s header flocked off Danny Ellis and clipped the post.
Jordan Thewlis came closest for Harrogate in the next 20 minutes before Dickinson had a powerful effort cleared off the line brilliantly by Ellis.
The victory was eventually assured when Mottley-Henry calmly slotted home in the 88th minute but there was still time for Daniels to smash home the goal of the game.
The winger cracked a sweet left-footed free-kick from 40 yards into the top corner.