Bradford (Park Avenue) host Leamington on Saturday and will be eager to avenge their 4-2 defeat back in August.
Mark Bower’s side were convincingly beaten at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium in the reverse fixture and Saturday’s game also presents an opportunity to halt their recent slide.
January yielded just one point for Bradford but they remain in the play-off positions, albeit eleven points adrift of league leaders Chorley.
Young goalkeeper Jack Atkinson is likely to start between the sticks following Steven Drench’s departure and Danny East will be hoping to feature again after making his long-awaited debut against Brackley Town.
The Gaffer’s Notes:
Hear Bower’s thoughts about today’s opposition and on how last season’s win against Leamington spring boarded the team on a run that saw the Avenue secure the playoffs come the last game of the season.
Did You Know?
The last 8 games between the two sides have always gone to the home team. Let’s hope we can keep that up this Saturday. #WeAreBradford
It’s been a busy month for Bradford with McKenna, Wroe and Drench departing and the club welcoming on board young loan signings Charlie Andrew from Hull City and Romoney Crichlow-Noble from Huddersfield Town.
Charlie joins the Avenue following a successful loan spell at NPL Division One East side, Pickering Town, having made well over 50 appearances for the Pikes despite having only turned 19 at the start of January. During his time with Pickering, the young stopper has won man of the match a number of times and has picked up numerous awards, including the Manager’s Player Of The Year Award for 2017/18.
A rising star within the Hull City academy, Charlie has made 18 appearances for Hull City Under 18’s and a further 13 appearances for their Under 23 side.
The highly rated left-sided centre-half, who can also play at left-back, joined Huddersfield Town in March 2017 following a successful trial period with the Club.
After impressing for Town’s Under-18s towards the end of 2016/17 campaign, the defender stepped up to Under-23s level and went on to feature in 18 games last season before penning a new 2 year deal with the Terriers to the end of the 2020 season.
Head To Head: Last 5 Games
Knowing The Opposition
Holleran took charge of the Brakes in November 2009 and has guided them to promotion to the National League North twice since his appointment. He also led Leamington to their first Birmingham Senior Cup win in 45 years in 2017. He joined the club in 2009 having previously managed Kings Norton Town, Solihull, Halesowen Town and Rushall Olympic. As a player, he represented Birmingham City and the Republic of Ireland as a schoolboy, before moving into senior football with the likes of Alvechurch and Solihull Moors.
One To Watch
The versatile attack built his reputation with Rushall Olympic, convincing Kidderminster Harriers to fork out an undisclosed fee for his services in 2014. He spent a season with the Harriers in the National League before enjoying spells with Hednesford Town, Stafford Rangers and eventually, the Brakes.