BRADFORD Town found the perfect response to the breaking of their unbeaten run in the Toolstation Premier Division by getting back to winning ways at the first time of asking away at Hengrove Athletic on Saturday.

Seven days earlier, Bradford’s 12-match sequence without a league defeat since the start of the season was halted by leaders Street, but Danny Greaves’ side swiftly got back to form with a 2-1 success at Hengrove.

Alex Monks gave Bradford the lead on the stroke of half-time at Norton Lane before Sam Jordan doubled the advantage 10 minutes after the restart.

Ben Crewe cut the deficit for the home side midway through the second half but Town held firm for the three points to climb up to fourth in the table.

Greaves was delighted with the result in tough conditions in Bristol, with the performance of his defence particularly pleasing.

“Hengrove is a difficult place to go and their results this season have proved that. Of the games they have lost this season, I think the majority have been by the odd goal,” said Greaves.

“It was great to go down there and get a win, especially on the back of our first league defeat of the season.

“The weather and pitch weren’t great so it wasn’t the greatest spectacle. We played quite well at times but more often than not, it was about digging in and grinding out the result, and I’m really pleased we were able to do that.

“Our foundation has been our defensive work this season but we have had to make changes recently because of people leaving the club or being out injured.

“You’d probably say we only had two of what is our usual back four, or back five with the goalkeeper, but we defended really well and didn’t give Hengrove many chances.”

Bradford turn their attentions to the FA Vase this weekend when they travel to league rivals Buckland Athletic, who sit just one place below Greaves’ side in the table, in the second round.