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Bradford (Park Avenue) visit Alfreton Town today, looking to build on last week’s Emirates FA Cup victory over Darlington.
Alfreton also booked their place in the next round of the competition last week but made hard work of it, needing a replay to advance at the expense of Sutton Coldfield Town.
However, focus returns to the National League North today as fourth-placed Bradford take on the sixth-placed Reds, who have made an impressive start to the campaign under the tutelage of Billy Heath.
It was a pulsating affair when the two sides last met in March but six goals couldn’t produce a winner in a 3-3 draw at the Horsfall Stadium. Matt Hill etched his name on the scoresheet and Oli Johnson netted a brace. Bradford last visited the Impact Arena in December 2017, emerging as convincing 3-1 winners.
GUIDE TO THE OPPONENTS:
Heath was appointed as Alfreton boss in May 2018 following the departure of Chris Moyses. A vastly experienced manager, he led North Ferriby United to two promotions during his time there and also guided the club to FA Trophy glory in 2015. In 2016, he left the Villagers to join F.C Halifax Town and oversaw the Shaymen’s promotion to the National League via the play-offs.
One To Watch:
The son of former Bradford (Park Avenue) boss Lee, Jordan Sinnott is one of division’s most talented midfielders. A creative player with an eye for goal, the 24-year-old’s sensational long-range strike helped the Reds see off Sutton Coldfield Town on Tuesday night. The Bradford-born midfielder began his career with Huddersfield Town but found first-team opportunities limited and enjoyed loan spells away from the club with Altrincham and Bury. He eventually joined Altrincham on a permanent deal in 2015, becoming a key player for the Robins before Billy Heath swooped to sign Sinnott a year later whilst in charge of F.C Halifax Town. Following the Shaymen’s promotion to the National League, he made the switch to Chesterfield but struggled to make an impact. His recent move to Alfreton reunited him with Heath, who had left the The Shay himself in January 2018.
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