County overcame a stubborn Bradford Park Avenue side on a sunny afternoon in West Yorkshire, with super-sub Josh Amis scoring his 5th goal of the season.
County started with John Marsden acting as a number 10 in behind Kayode Odejayi, a formula that paid dividends for The Hatters at the end of last season. Harry Brazel made his first start in midfield whilst Max Cartwright continued at the back following his recall from Ashton earlier this month. In net, Ben Hinchliffe was preferred to Ian Ormson despite a clean sheet for the County stalwart last on Monday.
County started brightly, in front of a crowd that was three quarters blue. But failed to create any clear-cut chances. Whilst at the other end, a fantastic Ben Hinchliffe save kept the scores level after Gavin Rothery shot from 7 yards out.
HT: BPA 0-0 County
With 45 minutes to save the season, The Hatters again began the second half brightly, Jimmy Ball’s header was tipped over the bar by Avenue ‘keeper Ed Hall before Lloyd fired wide. Meppen-Walters, Amis and Gonzales were all brought on with twenty minutes to go as County went in search of that elusive goal.
That goal did eventually come, when a goalmouth scramble ended with a Lewis Montrose shot cleared off the line, Josh Amis was on hand to pounce on the rebound to send 1000 County fans spilling onto the running track to celebrate with their team.
But the former Northwich striker was not quite finished there, a delicate ball between the BPA defenders gave Danny Lloyd the opportunity to chip Hall, which he duly did. To ensure County went home with a priceless three points.
FT: BPA 0-2 County
Team: Hinchliffe, Ross, Duxbury, Montrose, Clarke (Meppen-Walters, 53), Cartwright, Ball (Gonzales, 73), Brazel, Odejayi (Amis, 73), Marsden, Lloyd
Scorers: Amis (81), Lloyd (91)