Match Preview: Ashton United vs Bradford (Park Avenue)

Tuesday’s impressive win over Leamington saw Mark Bower’s Bradford (Park Avenue) side make it four games unbeaten ahead of the visit to relegation-threatened Ashton United, who are three points adrift of safety with nine games to go.

That aforementioned victory saw Bradford propelled up to fifth place in the table, level on points with Brackley Town in fourth position and four points inside the play-off places.

Goals from Conor Branson and Macaulay Langstaff ensured the three points on Tuesday night, with the visitors scoring through Ahmed Obeng, yet the Yorkshire side weren’t to be denied, much to the delight of the manager.

Ashton’s last league game was a 2-0 defeat away at Derbyshire based side Alfreton Town. In a scrappy game where either team could have taken the points, Alfreton came out on top with two second-half goals from Bobby Johnson and Declan Bacon.

The lowly hosts have only won one of their last six games, and their problems lie in the defensive third, having shipped 71 goals so far this season, only bottom club Nuneaton Borough are worse off.

A win could see Avenue move up to fourth outright, if all other results went in their favour, as well as closing the gap on the top three, ahead of next Tuesday’s crunch clash at Spennymoor Town.

The last meeting between the two sides was a thriller. Bradley Jackson and Liam Martin put Ashton 2-0 up, but a late goal from Lewis Knight, plus a brace for Shane Killock secured a dramatic victory.

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Head To Head: Last 5 Games

Date Competition Venue BPAFC Ashton United Result
17/11/2018 National League North Home 3 2 Win
24/02/2012 Northern Premier League Win 4 0 Win
19/11/2011 Northern Premier League Away 1 0 Win
18/04/2011 Northern Premier League Home 2 0 Win
04/10/2010 Northern Premier League Away 3 1 Win
Win Draw Lose
BPAFC 5 0 0
Ashton United 0 0 5

Knowing The Opposition

Matt Regan

Regan scored the recent winner over high-flying Chorley to secure a massive victory for the Robins. It was their only win in their last six games and kept them in touch with Guiseley, who are currently just outside the relegation zone. 

Kallum Mantack

Young defender Kallum Mantack has only recently joined the club. He has featured for Olsham Athletic in the football league. In addition to his Latics days he has turned out for Alfreton Town, FC United of Manchester, Stockport County and Altrincham and has amassed an impressive 62 career appearances well before his 21st birthday, he has scored twice for his new club, joining only last month.

Ground Guide

Admission Charges

£12 Adults

£8 Concessions (Available With ID – (e.g. Bus Pass or Student ID)

Accompanied children under 12 will be £3 

Parking

Free on-street parking is available, but this is limited in the immediate vicinity of the ground as it is in a residential area. There is also a small car park located behind the Rowley Street End for use by visitors to the ground.

Address

Hurst Cross

Surrey St,

Ashton-under-Lyne

OL6 8DY

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