Match Preview: Boston United vs. Bradford (Park Avenue)

Bradford (Park Avenue) will be looking to end 2018 on a high by extending their unbeaten league run to a staggering 11 games.

Mark Bower’s side have continued to defy the odds throughout December and put West Yorkshire rivals Guiseley to the sword in emphatic fashion on Boxing Day. The table-toppers are now three points ahead of 2nd-placed Chorley, who will be making the trip to Curzon Ashton.

Today’s opponents, Boston United, occupy 11th place in the Vanarama National League North and are five points adrift of the final play-off spot. They suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Alfreton Town at the Jakemans Stadium on Wednesday but will be hoping to bounce back with a win over the league leaders.

The two sides clashed back in August and Bradford came out on top, sealing a 1-0 win after Oli Johnson converted a first-half penalty. Mark Bower’s side were also victorious on their last trip to the Jakemans Stadium, overturning a 1-0 deficit to clinch a 2-1 win in April 2018.

GUIDE TO THE OPPOSITION:

The Gaffer:

Craig Elliott

Elliott took over as manager of Boston in November 2017, joining from Shaw Lane. He had guided his previous employers to three promotions in four seasons and was subsequently handed the reigns at the Jakemans Stadium following Adam Murray’s departure. He has also enjoyed spells in charge of Glasshoughton Welfare and Ossett Town.

One To Watch:

Nicky Walker

The 24-year-old played under Craig Elliott at Shaw Lane and was reunited with his former boss when he signed for the Pilgrims. A gifted winger, Walker ascended the ranks of Rotherham United’s academy and represented Barrow in a loan stint whilst on the Millers’ books. He is currently enjoying his second spell at Boston having also plied his trade at the Jakemans Stadium during the 2015/16 campaign.

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