Bradford (Park Avenue) head into Tuesday’s clash with Leamington looking to extend their unbeaten run having salvaged a draw at home to Curzon Ashton on Saturday afternoon.
Jake Beesley’s consecutive brace meant that Mark Bower’s side took a point, although they could have had all three, with two Macaulay Langstaff strikes being disallowed for offside, the latter in the final minute.
Our midweek visitors have lost their last three fixtures and are six points ahead of Ashton United, who currently occupy the final relegation place in the National League North.
Bower could have the services of Oli Johnson available to him, who has missed the last few games with injury, while Connor Branson completed 72 minutes on his return from illness.
Despite their league struggles, Leamington have reached the semi-final of the Birmingham Senior Cup, in which they knocked out a young West Bromwich Albion side.
The game provides an opportunity for Avenue to close the gap on their rivals above, with the Yorkshire side having a game in hand on those around them.
The reverse fixture between the two sides was a six-goal thriller. Goals from Johnson, and skipper Shane Killock not enough to take anything from the game.
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 Tuesday.
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Head To Head: Last 5 Games
Knowing The Opposition
Colby Bishop signed for Leamington in the summer of 2017 having ended the previous season with Boston United, who he joined after starting the season with Worcester City. He began his career at Notts County, coming through the Youth system before being handed a contract by then manager Shaun Derry in November 2014, making his first team debut on Boxing Day the following month at MK Dons.
Colby also spent a spell on loan at Gloucester City towards the end of his time at Meadow Lane, so he has plenty of experience of handling National League North defences. Paul Holleran fought off the attentions of several other clubs to clinch the signature of the big target man, and feels he has a great future in the game.
Attacking midfielder Kieran Dunbar initially signed for Leamington in September 2017 on a months loan from National League North rivals Telford, but he joined us on a permanent basis on completion of this having played a big part in the up turn in results during that month, and went on to make 40 appearances in an impressive debut season.
Having come through the youth set up at Birmingham City, Solihull based Kieran signed for Fleetwood Town in 2015 before spending time on loan at Stalybridge in 2016/17, scoring 3 goals in 25 appearances before being signed by former Telford manager Rob Smith in the summer of 2017.
The game scheduled for the 16th of March vs Telford has been moved to Tuesday the 26th of March
This match has been re-arranged due to Telford’s participation in the FA Trophy on that day.
Get behind the Avenue and cheer on the team at the Horsfall as Bower’s men battle for promotion to the National League.
Kick Off: 7:45pm