Bradford Park Avenue tails up for tricky period

NET GAIN: Chib Chilaka, right, in action during Avenue’s 4-0 win over Gainsborough. The striker was on target and will be hoping to add to his tally at Brackley

NET GAIN: Chib Chilaka, right, in action during Avenue’s 4-0 win over Gainsborough. The striker was on target and will be hoping to add to his tally at Brackley

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Bradford Park Avenue will be going into Saturday’s tough game at promotion-chasing Brackley Town in high spirits following their handsome midweek win.

John Deacey’s men enjoyed a 4-0 victory in Wednesday’s Skrill Conference North clash with Gainsborough Trinity.

Prior to that they had beaten strugglers Workington and earned a point against promotion challengers Harrogate Town.

Avenue are 14 points adrift of the play-off places with only eight games remaining and some supporters were beginning to get restless.

However, the doom-mongers are back underground as Bradford are now closer to the end-of-season extras than they are to the drop zone.

That will be a comfort as Saturday’s trip to Brackley marks the start of a testing eight-day period.

Following that long journey they visit former boss Lee Sinnott’s Altrincham on Wednesday and then host Brackley in the return fixture.

Brackley are seventh, just outside the play-off places, but are one of three clubs on 57 points, one of them being Altrincham.

Park Avenue press officer Lewis Sale said: “It is a tough little run of fixtures but I’m sure John and the players will hope to keep the momentum going from this little run.

“We have played some good stuff at times this season and I thought the team was almost back to its best against Gainsborough.

“It was also very pleasing that Alex (Davidson) and Adam (Clayton) were on the bench.

“Everyone knows that Adam is playing through an injury (hernia) and waiting for an operation, so he is only there as cover.

“Alex thought his season was over (knee ligaments) but he has made very good progress.

“So with players coming back, it could be a very promising end to the campaign.”

Avenue cut loose in the 4-0 win over Gainsborough, with Paul Walker, Richard Marshall, Paul Beesley and Chib Chilaka all on target.

It was the first time since the victory over Vauxhall Motors back on January 20 that Avenue had scored more than one goal, coincidentally Walker and former Bantams striker Chilaka were also on the score sheet that day.

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