The Green Army bid to bounce back at Kidderminster.
Bradford (Park Avenue) will be hoping to return to winning ways as they visit Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday. The fixture follows a narrow 3-2 defeat at Spennymoor Town last time out, having seen Monday’s visit of Scarborough Athletic once again called off due to the cold weather.
The defeat at Brewery Field last Saturday ended an impressive six game unbeaten league run for the Avenue; however, no wins in four have left the club looking nervously over their shoulders. Holding a two-point advantage over Kettering Town in 21st and having played a game more than some of the sides below, a win at Aggborough Stadium this week could see Bradford (Park Avenue) climb two spaces in their bid to secure safety.
The build up to the trip to Kidderminster has seen some positive news emerge from the club following another productive week in the transfer market. On Tuesday afternoon the Avenue were delighted to confirm the extension of Jordan Preston’s loan deal until the end of the season. The forward has been instrumental to boss Mark Bower’s plans, netting three goals in seven matches since joining from Spennymoor Town. In addition to this, Bradford (Park Avenue) have also secured the services of Huddersfield Town defender Shane Maroodza on a 28-day loan, with the youngster having made a positive impression in an earlier loan spell at the Horsfall this season.
The Avenue faithful may well approach this game with an air of caution as Kidderminster Harriers have proven to be tricky opponents in recent years. The Green Army would need to look back to May 2018 to remember their last victory over the Harriers, a 2-0 away win at Aggborough Stadium courtesy of goals from Adam Boyes and Oli Johnson. Bradford (Park Avenue) will also be aiming to avoid a repeat of this season’s reverse fixture against Kidderminster. The Green Army looked set to secure their first home point of the season when hosting the Harriers back in August, only for Zak Brown to break the deadlock and net a 94th minute winner for the away side.
This weekend’s hosts will also be desperate for the three points, as a run of one win in their last six league games has seen them drop into the bottom half of the table. The Harriers had been enjoying a good cup run in the FA Trophy this season, but defeat at the hands of National League side Dorking Wanderers last weekend saw the club exit in the fourth round of this year’s competition. What’s more, Bradford (Park Avenue) can take confidence from Kidderminster’s dip in form at Aggborough Stadium. Without a home win since late October, the Avenue will be looking to heap even more misery on their hosts.
Match Preview by Stephen Grimshaw
TICKET AND TRAVEL INFORMATION – From the Kidderminster website
If you’re planning on visiting Aggborough as an away fan, here is some of the information you’ll need to know – please specifically note the requirement to purchase your tickets before entering. They are also a cashless venue, so please plan accordingly for your trip.
HOW YOU GET THERE
FROM THE HORSFALL –
Get on M606 in Bradford from A6036 – 5 min (1.8 mi)
Head north-west on Cemetery Rd towards Studley Ave – 0.1 mi
Turn right onto Halifax Rd/A6036 – 0.8 mi
At Odsal Top, take the 3rd exit onto Rooley Ave/A6036 – 0.6 mi
At Staithgate Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the M606 slip road to Manchester/Hull/Leeds/M62 – 0.3 mi
Take M62 and M6 to Manor Way/A456 in Halesowen. Take exit 3 from M5 – 2 hr 5 min (126 mi)
Merge onto M606 – 2.7 mi
Merge onto M62 – 19.2 mi
Keep right to stay on M62 – 8.1 mi
Continue onto M60 – 6.9 mi
At junction 12, Use the left 2 lanes to exit towards M62/M6/Liverpool – 0.7 mi
Continue onto M62 – 7.8 mi
Take the M6 S/M6 N exit towards Birmingham/Chester/M56/Preston – 0.6 mi
Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 10, follow signs for M6(S) S/Birmingham – 0.9 mi
Keep right and merge onto M6 – 27.2 mi
Keep right to stay on M6 – 17.4 mi
Keep right to stay on M6 – 15.5 mi
At junction 11A, Use the left 2 lanes to take the M6 exit to Birmingham/M5 – 0.8 mi
Continue onto M6 (signs for Birmingham S/M5 SW) – 8.9 mi
At junction 8, take the M5 exit to Birmingham(West)/Birmingham(South)/West Bromwich – 1.6 mi
Continue onto M5 – 7.1 mi
At junction 3, take the A456 exit to Kidderminster
Follow A456 to Hoo Rd in Kidderminster – 23 min (11.8 mi)
At Quinton Interchange, take the 3rd exit onto Manor Way/A456 – 1.5 mi
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Manor Way/A456 – 1.5 mi
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Hagley Rd/A456 – 0.6 mi
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Hagley Causeway/A456 – 0.9 mi
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Hagley Hill/A456 Continue to follow A456 – 1.0 mi
At the roundabout, take the 4th exit – 0.1 mi
Continue onto Kidderminster Rd/A456
Continue to follow A456 – 5.4 mi
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto The Ringway/A451 – 0.2 mi
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Comberton Hill/A448 – 387 ft
Turn right onto Hoo Rd – 0.4 mi The destination will be on your left
- From Birmingham, Wolverhampton and North (M5) – Exit M5 at junction (signposted A456) and follow towards Kidderminster (approximately 12 miles). At the roundabout on Kidderminster Ring Road, take the first exit (signposted A451 Stourport). At the next roundabout, take the first exit (signposted A448 Bromsgrove), then take the first turning on right (Hoo Road). Aggborough is approximately half a mile along on the left hand side.
- From Worcester and South (M5) – Exit M5 at junction 6 (signposted A449) and follow towards Kidderminster (approximately 15 miles). At the first roundabout, take the third exit (signposted A449, Kidderminster & Wolverhampton), then take the first turning on left before railway bridge. Go down Hoo Road, over the railway bridge, and Aggborough Stadium is on the right hand side.
- From South-East (M40 & M42) – Leave M5 at junction 4 (signposted A491 Stourbridge). After approximately 5 miles, turn left onto the A456 and follow towards Kidderminster. At the roundabout on Kidderminster Ring Road, take the first exit (signposted A451 Stourport). At next roundabout, take the first exit (signposted A448 Bromsgrove), then take the first turning on right (Hoo Road). Aggborough Stadium is approximately half a mile along on the left hand side.
Kidderminster Station (0.5 miles from Aggborough Stadium). Walk down Comberton Hill towards the town centre and take the left turning just before Motorway Tyres near the bottom of the hill. Walk up Hoo Road for approximately half a mile to Aggborough Stadium.
Distances from Kidderminster
- Wolverhampton – 17 miles
- Birmingham – 19 miles
- Birmingham International Airport – 29 miles
- Worcester – 16 miles
- Stourbridge – 7 miles
Tickets for matches at Aggborough must be purchased in advance of entry – there is no facility to pay cash on the turnstile. Advance match day tickets can be purchased here using their online ticketing platform. There is an additional surcharge to anyone purchasing their ticket in person at the box office on the day of the match (except for junior tickets), so it makes sense to purchase your ticket early, as it only takes a moment.
Any supporters needing assistance with purchasing online can contact us before a match day on 01562 823 931.
For the vast majority of matches at Aggborough, away fans will be seated in the East Stand, an all-seated stand that runs the length of the pitch, offering fantastic views of the pitch, or the South Stand terrace, which is behind the goal to the left of the East Stand as you sit.
Where a large travelling contingent is expected, away supporters will also then be housed in the South Stand terrace, which is behind the goal to the right hand side of the tunnel as you enter the pitch.
As stated above, away fans will most times be housed in the East Stand seating or the South Stand Terrace.
5 Star Windows North Stand / South Stand (Away)
Over 65: £13.00
*Student/Young Adult (age 16-21): £11.00
EBC Group Main Stand and East Stand.
Over 65: £15.00
*Student/Young Adult (age 16-21): £13.00
FOOD AND DRINK
There are refreshment facilities within easy reach for away fans at Aggborough wherever they’re housed.
Programmes at Aggborough are £3.50 and are packed with details covering both teams plus plenty of other great content. These are on sale throughout the ground. Can’t make it to the ground? Don’t worry – programmes are available to buy online with free postage.
Supporter parking at Aggborough is extremely limited at present. This is restricted to the South Stand where cars can park for £5 on a first come, first served basis. The ground is within a residential area, so when parking and attending matches at Aggborough, respectful of local residents at all times.
We would ask any supporter suffering COVID-19 symptoms to stay away from the ground and follow Government guidance.
In compliance with national law, Aggborough Stadium is a fully non-smoking venue within all enclosed and semi-enclosed areas. This includes the use of e-cigarettes.