Alfreton Town v Bradford Park Avenue

Alfreton Town v Bradford Park Avenue

Thursday Nov 30, 2017

This Saturday sees Alfreton Town welcome Bradford Park Avenue to the Impact Arena for a 3pm kick-off in the Vanarama National League North.

Avenue are on a good run at the moment, they have won their last three league games 4-1 at home to Blyth Spartans, 1-0 at North Ferriby United and 2-0 at home to Brackley Town pushing them up to 7th in the table. Their current playing record in the league is Played 19, Won 8 Drawn 5 Lost 6, Points 29.

The Reds head into the fixture off the back of a disappointing and below par F.A Trophy exit at the hands of Evo-Stik NPL leaders Altrincham on Saturday. Alfreton never got out of the blocks and looked lacklustre and adrift of ideas throughout the contest. 

A return to league duty could well reinforce concentration and focus, the Reds won their last league game at Telford 2-1 two weeks ago to move within six points of the play-offs. However another important three points present themselves as play-off sitting Bradford visit on Saturday.

Last Saturday saw BPA entertain Stourbridge of the Evo-stik Premier Division at their Horsfall Stadium in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy. The game finished 1-1 with the Avenue equaliser scored by Nicky Clee.

The replay on Monday night saw Stourbridge come out on top 2-1 with the Avenue goal coming from Adam Boyes.

The Avenue team on Saturday was: Steve Drench, Mark Ross, Matt Hill, Nicky Wroe ( c) , Shane killock, Gianluca Havern, Wayne Brooksby, Jamie Spencer, Adam Boyes, Oli Johnson, Nicky Clee.

Subs: Javan Vidal, Ed Hall, Cameron Lyn, Adam Nowakowski, Lee Knight.

Last season saw the Avenue gain the double over the Reds with two 1-0 wins. The scorer at the Horsfall Stadium was Nicky Roe whilst the all important winner came from Oli Johnson at the Impact Arena. 

Bill Draper informs us that we have played Bradford PA at three different venues over the years including their current ground at the Horsfall Stadium.

In 1972 we met them in the FA Trophy in their last season at their Park Avenuew ground.  This was manager Maurice Firth's first game in charge and proved to be a difficult one as we were beaten 7-0. However, he did go on to achieve success winning five trophies in three seasons which is still a record aggregate total. These were two Derbyshire Senior Cups, two Midland League Cups and the Midland League title in 1973/74.

We have also played them at the  Batley Rugby League stadium. 

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