Date: Saturday 4 March 2017
Competition: Vanarama National League North
Location: Horsfall Stadium, Bradford
Admission: £11 Adults, £7 Senior Citizens, £5 NUS/Military, £2 Under 18s
Gloucester City will look to turn around their form from their last two outings when they travel to Bradford Park Avenue in the National League North on Saturday.
The Tigers are winless in three having won their previous four – including wins against Salford City and AFC Telford United. However, a draw at Gainsborough Trinity and consecutive losses to Brackley Town and FC United of Manchester have seen Tim Harris’ men fall down in the form table, and they’ll be looking for a revival at Bradford on Saturday.
Bradford, on the other hand, are enjoying a resurgence in form, with the relegation threatened Park Avenue having won three matches in a row against the likes of Curzon Ashton and Nuneaton Town. This turnaround has meant Bradford have dragged themselves out of the relegation zone and have a three point gap to the final spot in the drop-zone.
For the Tigers, Sam Avery will be looking to marshal his defence into a first clean sheet in four matches. The centre half is a commanding presence at the heart of the back line and has chipped in with four goals this season, and he will want his colleagues in defence to be more alert than they were when letting a two-goal lead slip against FC United of Manchester on Saturday.
Looking at the Bradford team and there is one man who stands out the most. Oli Johnson has made seven appearances for Avenue and in those, six have resulted in victories for Mark Bower’s side. The former Guiseley midfielder has contributed two goals in his last two matches and will be a real threat that the Tigers will have to keep a watchful eye on.
Head to head
This will be the tenth meeting of the two sides and it’s Bradford who have the better record, having come out victors on four occasions, with the spoils being shared three times. City have only managed to beat Bradford twice but, crucially, hold the victory over Avenue in their last meeting: a 1-0 win where a Joe Hanks free kick was enough to hold off a spirited Bradford performance.
Chris Knowles is struggling with a knock picked up against FC United of Manchester, and will face a fitness test on Saturday.
Jack Deaman is back fit once again and in contention for a place in the starting lineup.