Match Preview: Bradford (Park Avenue) vs. Altrincham

Bradford (Park Avenue) will be looking to return to winning ways after last week’s humbling at the hands of Chester.

Today’s opponents, Altrincham, are also looking to bounce back after being brushed aside by Curzon Ashton last week. It was the Robins’ second consecutive defeat after being beaten by Blyth Spartans at the beginning of September.

Mark Bower’s side currently sit 3rd in the National League North table, eight points ahead of 15th-placed Altrincham.

Speaking after last week’s defeat to Chester, defender Danny Lowe emphasised the need for a response against the Robins:

“It’s massively important to produce a response because losing can become a habit. If you carry on conceding goals in the manner we did today, it can become a bad habit. We need to get back on the training ground, have a good week and put things right. Hopefully, if we tighten up, the results will come.”

GUIDE TO THE OPPONENTS:

The Gaffer:

Phil Parkinson

Parkinson was appointed as Robins manager in April 2017. He joined the club from Nantwich Town, who he had been in charge of since February 2015. During his time with the Dabbers, he guided the club to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy in 2016 and the semi-finals of the Northern Premier League play-offs in 2017. An FA Vase-winning captain as a player with Nantwich, he also represented Port Vale after having spells with Crewe Alexandra and Reading as a youth player.

One To Watch:

Jordan Hulme

One of the most dangerous forwards in the division, Hulme is currently in a rich vein of form. The clinical finisher has found the back of the net on seven occasions already this season, picking up where he left off last season when he was the Robins’ top-scorer. He was also crowned the Northern Premier League Player of the Year after breaking the 30-goal barrier. Hulme worked with management duo Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson at Ramsbottom United and Salford City before making the move to Moss Lane in July 2017.

Admission prices:

Adults: £12

Concessions: £7

Students: £5

Under-18s: £2

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