Lowestoft Town 3 Bradford Park Avenue 2: Henderson winner gives Blues the points

Lowestoft Town got back to winning ways as Chris Henderson's second half winner settled a thrilling clash with Bradford Park Avenue at Crown Meadow.

A first half own goal by Ryan Qualter gave little clue to the goal fest that would ensue in the second half as four goals in the space of eight minutes culminated in Henderson ending a run of five matches without a win for the Trawlerboys.

Brad Barraclough had got Bradford back on level terms at the start of the second half before Qualter's thunderbolt, a minute later, gave the visitors the lead. A rare goal by Andrew Fisk restored parity less than 60 seconds before Henderson's third goal of the season on the hour mark gave Lowestoft all three points.

Lowestoft looked a little flat in the opening stages perhaps still feeling the effects of their midweek journey to Worcester. However, Bradford didn't look capable of taking advantage and Lowestoft, almost begrudgingly, took the initiative in the 13th minute with the first meaningful effort on goal when Rossi Jarvis' hooked effort was well saved by Bradford goalkeeper George Willis.

Henderson was hauled in from the right flank to partner Shaun Bammant up front with Jefferson Louis dropping to the bench.

The former Bury man showed exactly why in the 15th minute when his industry led to the opening goal of the afternoon. A long ball forward saw Qualter chase back towards his own goal under pressure from Henderson. George Willis scampered off his line but succeeded in only slamming the ball against his own defender on the edge of the area and both Bradford players could only watch as the ball rolled into the back of the net.

Henderson took the congratulations of his team-mates but there little doubt that the ball had cannoned off Qualter.

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Lowestoft should have been further in front in the 18th minute when Jack Ainsley burst in to the penalty area with just the goalkeeper to beat but Willis atoned for his earlier error by making a good save, palming Ainsley's effort away to safety.

Bradford had been jolted into action and in Chib Chilaka they possessed a striker capable of causing the Blues' back four problems. The big Bradford frontman gave a glimpse of his ability in the 20th minute when he collected Rickie Hayles' poor clearance before wrapping his foot round a fine effort that clipped the top of Ashlee Jones' crossbar from 25 yards.

Chilaka had a great chance before the break when Lowestoft had failed to clear the corner and in the second phase of play the striker had been given the freedom of the penalty area but could only scuff his effort straight at Jones.

Chilaka put his head in his hands and within two minutes Lowestoft almost added to his personal turmoil when fine play by Bammant saw the striker pick out his strike partner, Henderson, at the back post but his header was well saved by Willis.

Lowestoft looked sluggish at the start of the second half and the visitors took full advantage in the 52nd minute when substitute Barraclough found room on the edge of the Blues' area before rifling the ball home past Jones.

It got worse for the Trawlerboys a minute later when Qualter atoned for his earlier own goal with a 25-yard screamer to silence the Meadow.

However, the home faithful didn't have to wait long to see their side pull level again when Fisk struck to make it three goals inside three mad minutes. Jarvis latched on to Ainsley's centre only to see two efforts blocked. Fisk then arrived to side-foot home with the aid of a slight deflection.

Both sides looked capable of scoring every time they went forward but it was Lowestoft that struck the next blow. Fantastic industry from Jack Ainsley saw the former Ipswich man keep the ball in play before finding Eagle on the edge of the area.

The former Norwich City midfielder spotted Henderson's angled run and his slide-rule pass found the Blues striker, who side-footed home from a tight angle.

Lowestoft's lead never looked safe with Paul Walker in particular providing a real threat down the left flank for the visitors. Barraclough almost got his second of the afternoon when his header forced Jones into a good save in the 76th minute.

Bradford were pushing more and more men forward leaving gaps for Lowestoft to exploit. Eagle came close to wrapping up the points when he was found by Ainsley's pass but his low left-footed effort was well saved by Willis.

- Lowestoft Town (4-4-2): Jones, Hayles, Gaughran, Haynes-Brown, Smith, Ainsley (Okay 80), Fisk, Jarvis, Eagle, Bammant (Louis 87), Henderson. Subs not used: Radomski, Woods-Garness, Jessup.

- Bradford Park Avenue (4-4-2): Willis, Black, Qualter, Priestley, Banton (Colbeck 68), Price (Marshall 68), Rea (Barraclough 46), Hotte, Kerr, Walker, Chilaka. Subs not used: Howarth, Frost.

- Referee: Alan Young

- Attendance: 675