Bradford Park Avenue hit form despite being 'down to bare bones' (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Park Avenue hit form despite being 'down to bare bones'
7:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Sport
From the outside looking in it appears the Bradford Park Avenue team has been picking itself over the past few games as an unchanged side has banked ten points from four games.
Three victories, two away from home, and a draw has rocketed John Deacey’s men up into the top half of the Conference North table.
However, their seemingly serene progress has been anything but as they prepare to visit Guiseley in an FA Cup derby tomorrow afternoon.
Bradford boss Deacey said: “When we went to Boston United on Tuesday we were down to the bare bones.
“I only have 14 fit players for this massive cup tie tomorrow.
“Adam Clayton, Martin Drury, Jordan (Deacey) and Nicky Boshell are all out and, as everyone knows, we don’t have a large squad.
“It was a good win at Boston, thoroughly deserved, but we did lose our shape a bit once Nicky came off just before half-time and we didn’t get it back.
“So that is a fresh injury that we have to worry about.”
Drury is not too far away from a return to action. But Deacey junior, who had been sidelined since suffering a double break of his left arm in a pre-season friendly at Farsley, broke it again in the same two places during his comeback game at Guiseley earlier this month.
Clayton has not been able to return from his three-game suspension for a straight red card as he picked up a groin injury in training.
Deacey senior is aware that tomorrow at Nethermoor will be a huge test as he feels Guiseley will recover from their current lack of fortune and temporary loss of form.
“Guiseley are in a false position in the league and it is a big ask for us to go there and get a result,” said the Bradford boss.
With their own fortunate 2-0 win in the league at Nethermoor very fresh in the memory, Avenue are expecting a strong reaction from their opponents.
“Mark (Lions’ new boss Bower following Steve Kittrick’s departure) has got them playing some great football and he has made some very good signings.
“They are going to be a force again and sooner rather than later.
“No one likes to see a fellow manager go but in terms of the future I think they are in excellent hands.”
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