BRADFORD Park Avenue’s preparations for the Conference North season continue with another friendly tomorrow but rivals Guiseley have an unexpected free weekend.
Mark Bower’s side were scheduled to play Nuneaton Town at Nethermoor but the game was cancelled late on Wednesday evening due to too much wear and tear on their pitch.
Bower said: “It was called off a bit late in the day so we have nothing arranged but we will train tomorrow instead. It is a pity and a bit of a blow but we will play a stronger squad at Clitheroe on Tuesday.
“The Clitheroe game was always on the schedule but we were going to use it to get some of the lads who haven’t had too much game-time a run out. It may be that we take the full squad and play a stronger team.”
Avenue will have a tough work out at home to Sheffield United. The League One outfit intend to send a young squad but they will be full-time professionals and will provide a stern test for John Deacey’s men.
Most of Deacey’s squad have seen some action in the four friendly matches so far but the Avenue fans are still waiting for their first glimpse of close-season signing Bradley Barraclough, who has been nursing a tight hamstring.
Adam Clayton is also yet to put in an appearance as he awaits his hernia operation, and Alex Davidson is carrying a knock. Jamie Price and keeper Tom Moran have played some games but missed others through unavailability.
However, the pre-season is going well and, with just two warm-up games remaining, Deacey is looking to get his men playing 90 minutes so that they are ready for the season’s opener at Gloucester City.
Farsley host tenants Albion Sports in the first friendly at Throstle Nest following Bradford City’s decision to pull out of Tuesday’s game.
Neil Parsley is looking forward to tomorrow, saying: “It will be a tough test against Albion because they are a good side and have brought even more quality players in over the summer.
“I hope to get the majority of my squad involved and the lads have been working hard and are looking in good shape.”
Albion lost their latest friendly 2-0 at Barnoldswick Town, with a goal in each half enough to give the home side the win.