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Manager John Deacey wants Bradford Park Avenue to push on next season
Bradford Park Avenue have no need to glance over their shoulders at the strugglers in the Skrill Conference North after their place in the division for next season was guaranteed last weekend.
Avenue face three of the bottom four clubs in their final four matches, so they can afford to look above rather than below.
They begin by hosting Histon in their penultimate home match of this term on Saturday but John Deacey’s men will be taking on a side whose league placing very much matters to them.
Histon are currently third from bottom and, with Vauxhall Motors resigning, only the bottom two clubs are likely to be relegated.
The Cambridgeshire outfit are above Stalybridge Celtic on goal difference only and have a played a game more than their rivals.
Deacey has more players available after midfielder Richard Marshall and defensive cornerstone James Knowles served their suspensions but fellow defender Ryan Qualter is serving a ban.
The injuries that have blighted the second half of Avenue’s season are also relenting, so Alex Davidson might make an appearance after being an unused substitute in last weekend’s win at basement outfit Workington.
Deacey said: “We might be safe but other clubs aren’t so we have to be professional in our approach and fair to everyone in the division. I said last week that we are seeing out the season but we have to do it in the right way.
“We also want to give our supporters the football they want to see, and we only have two home games left, so it would be nice to win those.
"We will finish mid-table, which is what we set out to do at the start of the season. It’s only our second campaign in the Conference North so we’re still establishing ourselves.
“We expect to move it on a bit next season, and I’m hoping for a bigger playing budget so that I can add players to the squad. The board have been superb and backed us to the hilt and I know they are looking into getting new sponsors in but I don’t get involved with the politics of all that.
“I just leave them to it because the club is in good hands. I concentrate on the playing side but that means I always want a bigger budget and more top-quality players.”
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