Sharp: We Fancy Our Chances

Avenue striker Chris Sharp says the team will fancy their chances against full-time side Nuneaton Town this Saturday.

Bradford go into the game yet to be beaten in the National League North, following dramatic draws against Gainsborough Trinity and Curzon Ashton.

But Nuneaton, who were relegated in 2014 and have stayed fully professional, will provide a slightly sterner test for Alex Meechan’s men, and Sharp acknowledged that.

“It will be a tough game,” he said. “They’re full-time so it’s always difficult coming up against those teams at this level.

“They’ll have a good shape and maybe slightly better fitness levels but we look forward to the challenge.

“We know every game is going to be a challenge, look at Wednesday.

“Curzon got beat 6-1 at the weekend but you would never have thought that looking at their performance for a lot of the game.

“We know that every game is going to be tough, we’ve just got to go and cut out the silly mistakes defensively – and not just the defenders but the whole team – but starting with us at the top.

“But we will be positive, we’ll fancy our chances and we’ll give anyone a game.”

Former Stockport man Sharp was heavily involved on Wednesday night, providing the assist for Ben McKenna’s opener before grabbing his first competitive goal for Avenue, and he was more than happy to get off the mark.

“I’m made up to get myself a goal,” the striker said.

“After last Saturday coming off injured I was a bit disappointed so I’m really happy to get a goal.

“It made it better as it was important for us at the time as well – even though they went up the other end and scored straight away, but I’m really really happy.”

Sharp’s goal game on the end of a good move, Leon Osborne crossing and Sharp producing a diving header which proved too hot for Curzon goalkeeper Hakan Burton to handle.

“I’ve been a bit hit and miss with headers throughout my career to be honest,” Sharp explained.

“Sometimes I’ll get a few a season, I think I got a couple last season and one in the friendlies at Consett.

“It’s probably a part of my game that I should work on being a tall striker, and I could maybe get a few more.

“But I’m happy to get one and hopefully more follow.”

Avenue started the match against Curzon in more of a 4-3-3 formation, with Sharp playing off the left hand side, but it is a position he has grown to be familiar with.

“I’m happy enough to do the role for the team,” the 30-year-old said.

“I’m quite experienced in that role now so I know that I don’t necessarily have to play as an out-and-out winger.

“I can tuck in and play as a sort-of second striker off Dicko (Liam Dickinson), and then it gives us that flexibility to change to two up-top, which we did later in the game on Wednesday.

“It’s all about being adaptable, and our front three on Wednesday was adaptable.

“At times Dicko found himself out wide and I was filling in in the middle, you can get dragged a bit out of position but that’s fine because we are all interchangeable.”

 

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