Match Preview: Bradford Park Avenue Vs Gainsborough Trinity Monday 5th February 2018

Mark Bower’s depleted squad received a huge boost ahead of Monday’s clash in the shape of two loan signings.

The Avenue boss raided two of his former clubs to secure the signatures of Bradford City’s Dan Pybus and Guiseley’s Frank Mulhern on Friday, and both are available for the meeting with Gainsborough.

Experienced midfielder Danny Boshell will miss out through suspension following his dismissal against Nuneaton Town, and winger Wayne Brooksby’s hamstring troubles are likely to sideline him once again. Defender Mark Ross is also a doubt having limped out of the 2-1 defeat to York City back in mid-January.

French wideman Antoine Remi Recizac wasn’t involved against Nuneaton but could potentially be named in the squad for Monday alongside fellow recruit Adam Smith, who made his debut at the LDJ Solicitors Stadium from the substitutes bench. Smith will be lining up against familiar faces should he be involved on Monday, having made an appearance for Trinity in early January in a 4-0 defeat to Blyth Spartans. Former Leeds United forward Mulhern and ex-England youth international Pybus are just two of four players hoping to appear at the Horsfall for Avenue for the first time, with neither Recizac nor Smith having represented the club at home since joining.

Trinity were scheduled to travel to Curzon Ashton on Saturday but, similarly to Avenue, saw their fixture fall victim to adverse weather conditions.

The previous week had been a fruitful one for Dave Frecklington’s side, as their form picked up and saw them claim six points from home games against Alfreton Town and Chorley.

Prior to the victories, however, Trinity had lost three consecutive games without scoring a solitary goal.

Avenue’s January form wasn’t much better, as a tough run of fixtures led to the enduring of a winless month. Despite this, the Yorkshire side remain nine points clear of Monday’s opponents and find themselves eighth in the National League North. Trinity are hovering dangerously above the relegation zone and are 19th.

Tickets for Monday night’s game are priced at just £10 for adults, £7 for concessions, £5 for students and £2 for under-18s. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a thoroughly entertaining affair at the Horsfall Stadium.

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