Pre-Match Programme: Ashton United FC

Bradford (Park Avenue) host Ashton United on Saturday and will be hoping to extend their unbeaten league run to six matches.

At the time of writing, Bradford sit top of the Vanarama National League North and will be full of confidence ahead of Saturday’s clash with lowly Ashton.

The Robins may occupy 19th place in the league table but defeated Guiseley on their last outing, three days after securing a credible draw with Boston United. However, the high-flying hosts will be boosted by the return of duo Danny Lowe and Chris Dawson, who have both been sidelined by injuries in recent weeks.

Mark Bower was frustrated to see his side held by Curzon Ashton on Saturday but highlighted the importance of keeping things in perspective:

“We’re doing really well. We dipped below the standards we’ve set recently against Curzon but Saturday gives us a good opportunity to get back up to those levels and we can hopefully get back to winning ways.

“It’s really nice to be top of the league. We went to Curzon less than two years ago and we were rock bottom of the league and in need of a good run to save us from relegation. It’s nice for people that follow the club, put their and effort into the club and put money into the club to see us at the top of the league. It won’t make any difference to us as a group of players and management but it is something that no one expected of us.

“I don’t think many other teams think that we’re that sort of team so it’s nice to prove people wrong and we’ve done that.”


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Head To Head: Last 5 Games

Date Competition Venue BPAFC Ashton United FC Result
24/03/12 Northern Premier League Home 4 0 Win
19/11/11 Northern Premier League Away 1 0 Win
18/04/11 Northern Premier League Home 2 0 Win
04/10/10 Northern Premier League Away 3 1 Win
Win Draw Lose
BPAFC 4 0 0
Ashton United FC 0 0 4

Knowing The Opposition

Matt Hill


The veteran defender enjoyed a two-year spell with Bradford (Park Avenue), during which he had a stint as Assistant Manager and worked closely with the Horsfall College of Sport. He also made significant contributions on the pitch, establishing himself as an integral member of the squad and featuring prominently in a 2017/18 campaign that ended with the club reaching the play-off semi-final. An extremely popular figure at the Horsfall Stadium, he will receive a warm welcome from the home supporters.

Matthew Chadwick


The former Salford City winger is key for Ashton and has the ability to carve defences open with his direct running and pace. Chadwick can also operate as an attacking midfielder or striker and has represented the likes of Stalybridge Celtic and Radcliffe Borough.

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