Pre-Match Programme: Nuneaton Borough

With the no more pressure on already relegated Nuneaton Borough, Mark Bower’s side won’t be underestimating this weekend’s opposition.

Having defeated fellow relegation candidates, FC United of Manchester 4 – 0 less than two weeks ago, Nuneaton looked set to take a point from playoff chasing Chester last Saturday, until an injury time goal gave Chester all three points and confirmed Borough’s relegation fears.

With the pressure off, Nuneaton will be able to play freely with no concern for the result and only honour to play for, making them just as dangerous an opponent as any in the league.

Avenue’s trip to the Aggborough last weekend ended in a misleading 3-0 defeat, despite spells of good attacking football from Bradford.

After the Game, Mark Bower said:

“We should never lose that game 3 -0. You come away to Kidderminster, they’re always going to have spells of possession and keep the ball against you. But they’ve scored from a set piece. We have defend and deal with it better.”

“We missed a free header from 6 yards and a one on one with their goal keeper. And then from a simple cross in the box they’re 2-0 up”

“In the second half made a few changes to the formation and we completely dominated for 20 to 25 minutes, we had chance after chance”

“If we get the goal there you think we’re going to get something from the game. but nothing really fell for us in front of goal and we weren’t ruthless enough in either box. And when they get the third one that’s game over.”

“Credit to them they’ve been more ruthless on the day and that’s why they won the game”

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Bradford (Park Avenue) will continue to mark their commitment to promoting equality, valuing diversity and combating unfair treatment throughout the organisation, players, academy, The Horsfall Community Trust, supporters, volunteers and staff at this weekends home game on Saturday vs Nuneaton Borough FC .

Bradford (Park Avenue) Football club are an intrinsic part of the local community which contributes to the quality of life of many people and has the ability to foster community cohesion throughout the city and wider community. The club believes that football also has the unique ability to bring people together from a wide range of different cultures and communities. Bradford (Park Avenue) are more than just a football club.

The club provides opportunities for all sections of the community to engage with the football club and participate in the community activities provided by the official charity, The Horsfall Community Trust.

The club has invited local councillors, partners, junior and school teams to promote our commitment and positive approach to community cohesion.

Jayne Spencer, Community Development Manager said:

“On behalf of the club and the Horsfall Community Trust, we are pleased to again demonstrate our commitment at the game on Saturday to promoting equality and valuing diversity. We will not accept and tolerate actions that are against our beliefs. “

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Head To Head: Last 5 Games

Date Competition Venue BPAFC Nuneaton Borough Result
20/10/18 League Away 6 0 Win
27/01/18 League Away 0 0 Draw
09/09/17 League Home 1 1 Draw
18/02/17 League Away 1 2 Win
13/08/16 League Home 1 1 Draw
Win Draw Lose
BPAFC 2 3 0
Nuneaton Borough 0 3 2

Knowing The Opposition

Midfielder

Devon Kelly-Evans

Kelly-Evans made his professional debut as a substitute on the 23rd of August 2016 in a 6-1 Football League Cup defeat to Norwich City, coming on to replace Ben Stevenson after 67 minutes. Towards the end of the 2016-17 season, he joined us on loan, making 11 appearances and scoring twice.

On the 12th of September 2017, he made his league debut for Coventry City, replacing Stuart Beavon in the 87th minute of a 2-0 win over Carlisle United. He then scored his first senior goal for the Sky Blues in a 2-0 win over Exeter City on the 23rd of September 2017. He was released by Coventry at the end of the 2017–18 season.

Striker

Nathan Eccleston

Nathan started his career as a youth player at Bury, before moving to Liverpool’s youth system. Having progressed through the club’s youth and reserve system, Eccleston made his debut for the club in a League Cup tie against Arsenal.

Eccleston made his Premier League debut against Fulham and appeared in Europa League ties against FK Rabotnički, Steaua Bucaresti, Napoli FC and FC Utrecht. As well as Liverpool, Eccleston has appeared for Huddersfield Town, Charlton Athletic, Rochdale, Blackpool, Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle United and Coventry City. The Manchester born forward has also played abroad for Békéscsaba 1912 Előre in Hungary as well as spells in Scotland with Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock.

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