Match Preview: Brackley (A)

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Bradford (Park Avenue) are looking to bounce back from cup disappointment with a tough trip to Brackley Town this Saturday.

Avenue return to league action after FA Cup defeat to lower-level opponents Morpeth Town, who won 4-2 at the Horsfall last weekend.

Marcus Law was more that content with his side’s first-half performance as they spent the majority of the period on top, but were once more left to rue missed chances with new signing Dan Sweeney missing from six yards moments before Morpeth’s second.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s opponents Brackley breezed into the third qualifying round with a 4-0 victory over Cinderford Town.

All their goals came in the second half against the Southern League West side, with Matt Lowe grabbing two goals after Glenn Walker had opened the scoring and Cinderford captain Nick Rhodes had put through his own goal.

Brackley currently occupy the sixth and final play-off spot in the National League North, with Avenue still struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Law continues to shape his Bradford squad, and is hoping to name at least one new addition before the weekend.

There is still time to book onto the official coach for the contest, with all the information here.

Recent League Form

Brackley Town
Curzon Ashton (A) W 4-0
AFC Telford United (H) D 1-1
Kidderminster Harriers (A) W 3-1
Gateshead (A) L 0-2
Gloucester City (H) W 3-0

Bradford (Park Avenue)
Spennymoor Town (H) D 1-1
Boston United (A) L 1-2
Farsley Celtic (H) L 0-3
AFC Telford United (H) L 2-3
Darlington (A) W 1-0

Last Time Out

Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Audel, Dean, Lowe, Armson (Daire 69), Ndlovu (Holman 79), Fairlamb (Baker 63), Walker

Bradford (Park Avenue): Taylor, Bazeley, Calder, Wood (c, Holmes 67), Lund, Heaton, Knight (Cresswell 74), Marriott (Johnson 69), Sweeney, Hurst, Dockerty

Admission Prices
Adult – £13
Concession (OAP, Student) – £8
Under-18 – £5
Under-10 – FREE
Family (two adults, three children) – £30

Words: Joe Cockburn
Image: John Rhodes