Bradford Park Avenue targeting more signings

FEELING RIGHT AT HOME: Paul Beesley, centre, in action before scoring on his Horsfall Stadium debut against Worcester City

FEELING RIGHT AT HOME: Paul Beesley, centre, in action before scoring on his Horsfall Stadium debut against Worcester City

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Bradford Park Avenue manager John Deacey returned from holiday in time to oversee the club’s biggest win of the season last Saturday.

Avenue rattled in half a dozen to beat Worcester City 6-1 after going a goal down and the result was a timely boost.

Another shot in the arm for Bradford and their supporters was that the two players making their home debuts both got on the score-sheet.

Ross Gardner made his first appearance for the club as a second-half substitute and scored with his first touch. Paul Beesley had played in three games but all away from Horsfall Stadium and he netted his second Avenue goal.

All of that sees Avenue heading to Gloucester City on Saturday with confidence high after an extremely poor December. Five league defeats sent Bradford tumbling down the Conference North table, leaving them in 13th place as they head to relegation-threatened Gloucester.

Deacey said: “Last week was a very good win and, I thought, an excellent performance from all of the players. I was very pleased for the lads to get their goals and I’m sure that will help them settle in.

“But one win doesn’t mask the fact that we had a very poor December so we need to build on that result. Rome wasn’t built in a day so we have to continue working hard and striving to get back up the table.”

Gardner was brought in from Swedish club Ytterho-gdal IK last Friday and his international clearance came through quickly, allowing him to make his debut.

Beesley was signed in mid-December and Deacey says there could be more new additions.

“Bob (Blackburn, the club’s chief executive officer) rang me the night I got back from Australia and told me that there would be scope to bring some players in to strengthen certain areas.

“The board have been very good and they have done what they can with the finances so we will see if any of the players we targeted become available. We won’t bring players in for the sake of it but if we can improve the squad we will.”

Richard Marshall is available after serving a one-match ban last Saturday and there are no new injury concerns.

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