Fresh from Saturday’s hard-fought draw away at Altrincham last weekend, Mark Bower’s promotion-chasing Bradford (Park Avenue) side face Chester, who are sat in eighth place and only two points behind Avenue in the National League North table.
Danny East’s late strike salvaged a point in Lancashire, and so Bower will expect to have the full compliment available to him. Charlie Andrew, Macauley Langstaff and Romaney Critchlow-Noble are all available after their debuts.
Bradford, without a win since the Boxing Day massacre of Guiseley at Nethermoor will be looking to return to winning ways, whereas Chester ended their own rotten run of form, with a 4-1 thrashing of Boston United.
Bower was encouraged by Saturday’s performance and told James Smith that it was one they could build on: “Yeah definitely, plenty of positives to take from it. We’ll play a Chester team who play a different style to Altrincham, so it’s about adapting your game”.
In This Weeks Programme:
Tale’s From The Horton End:
We say goodbye as columnist Paul Town pens his final Tale from the Horton End in which he interviews veteran supporter, and new Avenue Review Columinst, Peter Barker. A huge thanks goes to Paul for taking the time to write for the programme through out the season and we wish him luck as he takes time to focus on producing incredible artwork.
Head To Head: Last 5 Games
Knowing The Opposition
With 11 goals to his name so far this season, Dudley is one to watch out for. He is prolific at this level, as he proved last season as he scored 12 for Salford in their promotion season from the National League North last season. Dudley will be a familiar name to another Yorkshire side, Guiseley. He spent two short loan spells at the club, notching up seven goals. The Salford City loanee will be looking to edge his side into the playoff places.
A name we are all familiar with. McKenna is somewhat a veteran at this level, having featured in the division for Workington, Stalybridge Celtic, Stockport County and Curzon Ashton, as well as two spells at the Horsfall Stadium. The 26 year-old former Northern Ireland youth international ended his latest association with the club at the beginning of this year and will be looking to come back to haunt his former club, and teammates when he brings his new side back to his old stomping ground.
Bradford (Park Avenue)’s Horsfall College Academy link with Premier Sports Coaching
Bradford (Park Avenue) have announced that former Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, and Bradford City youth coach Dave Haley will join the college as head of Academy Coaching from March 1st.
Haley will take on the role as part of a new partnership between Horsfall College and Premier Sports Coaching (PSC), who will deliver the football and recruitment programme for the Horsfall College of Sport going forward.
The College offers a 2-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-18 year old Girls and Boys and provides pathways directly into the Bradford Park Avenue National League North system among other local and Non-League football careers. Pathways into careers in areas such as Media and Sports Performance are also available.
Premier Sports Coaching Director and current Bradford Park Avenue First Team Player/Coach Ryan Toulson said :-
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the College to further develop the BTEC course. We are passionate about sport and it’s ability to enrich the lives of young people. Dave Haley is a highly experienced football coach with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This is a great opportunity for young adults who share the clubs passion for sport to develop under Dave’s expert guidance.”
The Horsfall College bids farewell to Head Coach Alex Meechan who initially arrived at The Horsfall in an assistant Manager Capacity in 2016 before taking on the Bradford Park Avenue First team duties prior to Mark Bowers arrival. Bradford Park Avenue and the Horsfall College would like to thank Alex for his contribution during the past 3 years and wish him the very best in the future.