MATCH PREVIEW: Halesowen Town vs Bradford (Park Avenue)

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Bradford (Park Avenue) travel to the West Midlands on Tuesday night as they play Halesowen Town in the replay of their Buildbase FA Trophy tie.  

The two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Horsfall Stadium on Saturday, meaning that the Avenue will now have to travel to The Grove as both teams look to secure their spot into the second round of the competition to play Maidenhead United, who were 4-2 victors at home against Hemel Hempstead. 

In what, for most parts, seemed like a very cagey affair, it was Lewis Knight and Keith Lowe who scored the goals to secure the Avenue a second chance at winning the tie in a very cold and blistery afternoon. A difficult game is to be expected at The Grove, however, as Halesowen have scored 8 goals in just their last two home games, one of which was a 6-0 drubbing of Bedford Town. 

Outside of the FA Trophy, with a week off for most teams in the National League North, the Avenue remain bottom of the table but still just a point off Blyth Spartans and six points off Kettering Town who occupy the two spots above. The Avenue travel to the Brewery Field this weekend to take on sixth place Spennymoor Town. 

With the draw on Saturday, that now makes it just one loss in their last four fixtures for Bradford, who are starting to pick up a decent bit of form — their best of the season so far — and hopefully can translate it into more wins as we enter a busy festive period. 

The club will be running a supporter’s coach for the game tomorrow (17/12/2019), with seats costing £16 for adults and £10 for under 16’s. You can reserve a seat by contacting Neil Fawcett on 07811959003. We hope to see you there!