Crucial week for Avenue in the quest for survival.
Bradford (Park Avenue) face a potentially make-or-break week in the Vanarama National League North as the season approaches its business end.
On Tuesday night the Avenue head to Shropshire to take on AFC Telford United, a side who, with only three wins to their name this season, have found themselves cut adrift at the bottom of the National League North. Time is running out for The Bucks this season, who are winless in their previous 11 matches and are now 16 points from safety. Added to this poor run of form, Telford are without a home win since defeating Banbury United in early-December. With Tuesday’s hosts in such disarray, the Green Army will see this as a must-win game to give themselves the best possible chance of survival with just ten games to go.
Bradford (Park Avenue) head into Tuesday’s encounter having suffered a narrow loss away to Peterborough Sports last Saturday. Despite conceding in the first minute of the game, the Avenue responded well and plugged away at the Sports backline but it was not to be, denied multiple times by some fine last ditch defending.
The result, along with others elsewhere, leaves Bradford (Park Avenue) 23rd in the table, three points from safety having still played more matches than the sides above. A win at AFC Telford United could move the Avenue as high as 21st, but they will be relying on results elsewhere to also go in their favour. The Green Army could move level with 20th placed Leamington but would require an 11-goal swing to climb out of the relegation zone in mid-week.
The Avenue can take confidence from the reverse fixture against AFC Telford United back in early-December. A first half strike from Jordan Preston under the lights at the Horsfall Community Stadium was enough to secure all three points in what was then a third successive league win for Bradford. The Green Army will hope another win over The Bucks can trigger a similar run of form.
After Tuesday’s trip to Telford, attention will then turn to
Saturday Monday 13th as Bradford (Park Avenue) welcome Alfreton Town to the Horsfall. The visitors currently sit 9th in the National League North, but still harbour hopes of securing a play-off place having a number of games in hand over most of the sides above them.
Despite a promising season so far, Alfreton have struggled for consistency in recent months, failing to secure successive victories since October. During this time, The Reds have also laboured on their travels, with just one win in their previous ten away fixtures in all competitions, a promising omen for the Avenue.
The reverse fixture saw Bradford (Park Avenue) pick up a hard-fought point in a goalless draw at North Street back in November. The Green Army will also remember with fondness the last time Alfreton Town visited the Horsfall. A stunning second-half performance from the Avenue back in February 2022 saw them run out 5-0 winners against this weekend’s visitors. In fact, Bradford (Park Avenue) hold an impressive record when hosting Alfreton, unbeaten in their previous six encounters between the pair in BD6.
Match Previews by Stephen Grimshaw (@sgsportswriter on Twitter)
Tuesday 7th March – AFC Telford United vs Bradford (Park Avenue)
Kick off: 7:45pm
New Bucks Head Stadium, Watling Street, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2TU
The following information may be helpful to supporters who will be visiting our ground for a forthcoming fixture.
If you are travelling to the match by train, leave at Wellington station and the stadium is a short walk away.
Parking facilities comprise 290 spaces at the stadium (entrance via Haybridge Road) There is surveillance by stewards and CCTV. The fee is £3 per car, payment should be made by card at the parking meter or the ticket office (cash or card)
The following admission price policy for league games during 2022/23 season.
Youth (12-18) £5
Under 12s FREE
Away fans are housed at one end of the ground, in the covered Frank Nagington Terrace, where up to 1,300 fans can be housed. The entrance to the away area is via turnstiles I & J
The concourses also have separate licensed bars for alcoholic drinks serving Bitter, Lager and Cider….. The bar also handily opens again at half time. The Snack bar is also open on Match days for you to purchase Hot / Cold food and drinks all for a great price.
A limited number of seats will be made available for visitors in the University of Wolverhampton Stand. Spectators should again enter via gates I/J and then approach a steward for arranging a transfer to the seating area. Seats will be available on a first-come-first-served basis, and priority will be given to elderly people, those with limited mobility and to families with young children.
Anyone who has limited mobility, and who is unable to enter via a turnstile, should report to the assisted-entry gate, which is between turnstiles P and A in the north-west corner of the ground.
Saturday 11th NOW Monday 13th March – Bradford (Park Avenue) vs Alfreton Town
Kick off: 7:45pm
Where To Find Us:
Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC, Horsfall Community Stadium, Cemetery Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD6 2NG
Directions By Car:
Leave the M62 at junction 26 and follow signs for the M606. Continue on the M606 to junction 3 and take the A6117 exit to Ring Road West. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit on to Rooley Lane / A6036 signposted Halifax. Pass the Odsal Stadium on the left hand side and at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit on to Halifax Road / A6036 signposted Halifax. After approximately one mile turn left down Cemetery Road immediately before the Kids Planet Children’s Nursery, and the ground is 150 yards on the left. We have a car park which will be signposted off Cemetery Road and parking charges may apply.
Directions By Train:
Bradford Interchange rail station is the nearest to the ground and trains operate on the Calder Valley Line timetable from Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Manchester, Preston and York.
From there you can catch the bus directly to the ground (details below):
Bradford Forster Square rail station There are regular services from Leeds (Leeds-Bradford Line timetable), Skipton (Airedale Line timetable) and Ilkley (Wharfedale Line timetable).
From Forster Square it is a 10 minute walk to Bradford Interchange bus station for a bus onwards to the stadium.
Directions By Bus:
From Bradford Interchange bus station bus services 681 and 682 and Halifax Bus Station bus services 508, 681 and 682.
These services stop at the Halifax Road Cemetery Road stop near to the stadium.
The turnstiles open around an hour and a half before kick off and are located at either end of the ground on Cemetery Road and Park Road. Matchday prices for league games are as follows:
Adult – £14
Concession – £10
Student – £5 (must show Student ID at turnstiles)
Youth (12-17) – £3
Junior (under 12, must be accompanied by an adult) – £1