Fresh from reaffirming their promotion credentials, Bradford (Park Avenue) return to action this Saturday hoping to pick up where they left off for the visit of Curzon Ashton to the Horsfall Stadium.
Jake Beesley grabbed a brace as Mark Bower’s side stopped the rot against Chester last Saturday afternoon and the manager said he was “really pleased for the boys, who deserved the win”.
Nicky Clee came off as a precaution due to a tight groin, and he could be back for the weekend, as well as Oli Johnson who missed the victory last week with an injury.
Curzon cross the penines fresh from a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Altrincham last weekend and inevitebly will be looking to put that right on their visit to Yorkshire at the beginning of March.
Our visitors still have an outside chance of reaching the playoffs at the end of the season, as they sit eight points outside of the last play-off spot, a tally bettered by Avenue.
Prior to the previous two games which have both ended in defeat, Curzon went on a seven match unbeaten run which propelled them well up the table, as their start to the year contrasted Bradford’s immensely.
The reverse fixture in November ended in a 1-1 stalemate, with Beesley etching his name on the score sheet for Mark Bower’s side, who will hope to go one better this time.
In This Weeks Programme:
Tale’s From The Horton End:
This week sees the first of our tales penned by new columnist Peter Barker, as he recounts a fixture against neighbours Halifax in September of 1963.
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Head To Head: Last 5 Games
Knowing The Opposition
One To Watch
A fan favourite at the Tameside Stadium who first signed in 2013, scoring 41 goals before leaving for Nantwich. The former Oldham player returned for his second spell at the club part-way through last season.
Brooke was handed his league debut against Walsall in Oldham’s final game of the 2008–09 season. After being named as a substitute, he came on in the 71st minute for Danny Whitaker. In the 74th minute, he scored with his first touch of the ball, the winning goal in the 2–1 victory. Overall he played 29 league games for the Latics and scored twice before his departure in 2012, where he spent a season at Altrincham before moving to Curzon for his first spell.
Mark is a long-time servant at Curzon having coached nearly every team from U5s to first team in his 12 years involved. In his playing days, the UEFA B Licence coach was a pro at Blackpool and appeared for the England C national team.
The postponed fixture between Bradford (Park Avenue) and Leamington will take place this Tuesday the 5th of March at 7:45pm.
Get behind Mark and the team as they battle to gain promotion to the National League. Entry is just £12 for adults, £9 for concessions, £7 for students and £2 for under-16s. A wide range of drinks are available at the bar and fantastic hot food can be purchased in the tea bar.
We’ll see you at the Horsfall. #WeAreBradford.