NFU v Bradford Park Avenue (NLN)

Vanarama National League North
NFU v Bradford Park Avenue

Monday 28 December 2015
 Kick-off 3.00 pm

Manager Billy Heath will be expecting his players to bounce-back from Saturday’s defeat at Gainsborough when Bradford Park Avenue visit the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Monday.

The Villagers were disappointed with the result on Saturday but in the end they could have no complaints. Their normally slick passing lacked its’ usual accuracy and they rarely forced home keeper Jan Budtz in to a save despite having far more goal attempts that Gainsborough. The defeat pushed The Villagers down in to third spot.

Heath was somewhat disappointed with the goals his side conceded,

“We could have defended them better and it proves the point that you can be badly punished for errors at this level.”

Bradford have not had the best of seasons so far. Their Boxing Day fixture was postponed due to adverse weather. They had a good FA Trophy win over National League Lincoln City in midweek but results overall have been rather mixed.

Bradford are currently in 12th position with 26 points from their 19 games. They have lost four of their away games, winning two and drawing three. Overall they have scored 26 goals and concede 23.

The reverse fixture at Bradford in August saw the sides end with a point each in a 4-4 draw. Despite the scoreline, the game was not actually that entertaining as quality football was in short supply. That night, Bradford’s Chib chilaka grabbed a hat-trick and he will be a big danger on Monday.

Saturday’s result was a blow for Ferriby but if they can win the next two games they will feel that they have had a reasonable festive period.

The Villagers are in third place, three points behind leaders Solihull who replaced previous leaders Nuneaton when beating them on Saturday. The Villagers are still the division’s top scorers and points and goals are going to be needed over the next week if they are to remain in the play-off spots.

Manager Billy Heath comments,

“We need to put the Gainsborough result and performance behind us when we face Bradford on Monday. We were not at our best on Saturday but we did enough to take something from the game. Overall we defended well but paid tyhe price for two pieces of slack defending.

“The players will be keen to give a good performance on Monday. That is the character and spirit that they have.”

With the exception of Danny Hone, Heath should have a full squad to choose from.

NFU squad: Tom Nicholson, Adam Nicklin, Ben Middleton, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Louis Bruce, Mark Gray, Danny Hone, Liam King, Russ Fry, Adam Bolder, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Tim Taylor, Curtis Bateson, Nathan Hotte,

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