BRADFORD (Park Avenue) enjoyed their first victory at Horsfall Stadium during pre-season as they overcame Sheffield Wednesday under-23s 3-1.

They took the lead in fine style during the first half from a free-kick following a foul on Shaun Gardner. Ben Hedley stepped up to expertly place the ball into the top right corner.

Bradford doubled their lead in the 29th minute when Jon Moran reacted quickest to prod home after a decent save from the Wednesday keeper.

The visitors pulled one back from the penalty spot before the break but Avenue increased their lead through a trialist in the second half after a shot from Gardner.

Charlie Andrew produced a brilliant save to preserve Bradford’s second-half clean sheet.

Included in the Avenue line-up was new right back Jake Croft, who signed for the club the previous day.

The 20-year-old was rewarded with a deal having impressed on trial.

He is a former Leeds United Academy player, who was released as an apprentice alongside Avenue's Lewis Knight. Croft then travelled to Sweden where he joined Ytterhogdal IK in 2018.

Meanwhile, Avenue's neighbours Guiseley staged a late comeback to claim a draw in their penultimate home pre-season friendly against last season's National North League champions Stockport County at Nethermoor as goals from Scott Garner and Gabriel Johnson secured a 2-2 draw.

The Hatters took the lead on 49 minutes when the Lions' trialist goalkeeper had a rush of blood to the head, leaving former Guiseley and Avenue striker Frank Mulhern to stroke the ball into the unguarded net.

County doubled their lead on 71 minutes as Jake Kirby got the better of Garner to score from an acute angle but the Lions captain made amends five minutes later as he headed home a corner at the far post to halve the deficit.

With five minutes remaining, a sweeping move was finished off by Johnson, who bagged his first goal for the club following his move from Brighouse Town, after Jamie Spencer had set him up with a pull back from the byeline.

Among the Guiseley starting line-up was midfielder Aram Soleman, who has signed a one-year deal after making a good impression on trial.

The 19 year-old is another product of Guiseley joint manager Marcus Bignot's Solihull College Academy and he joins his fellow college players Dylan Barkers and Reiss McNally at Nethermoor.

Soleman was with West Brom as a youngster, playing for their Under-18 and Under-23 sides in 2017 and 2018. He played for them in the FA Youth Cup and also played in three EFL Trophy games.

Other friendly results: Knaresborough Town 2 Campion 1, Runcorn Town 2 Liversedge 1, Steeton 2 Barnoldswick Town 3, Harrogate Town 3 Farsley Celtic 1, Shifnal Town 5 Brighouse Town 0.