Top-ten incentive for Bradford Park Avenue at Barrow

ON THE UP: Avenue visit Barrow buoyed by a 3-0 win versus Histon, in which Paul Walker is pictured celebrating a goal

ON THE UP: Avenue visit Barrow buoyed by a 3-0 win versus Histon, in which Paul Walker is pictured celebrating a goal

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Bradford Park Avenue will jump into the top ten of the Conference North on Saturday if they win at Barrow and neighbours Guiseley do them a favour at home to Colwyn Bay.

Victory would see Avenue leapfrog their hosts and they would also climb above tenth-placed Bay if Mark Bower’s men triumph.

Barrow were below Bradford when Avenue boss John Deacey allowed young striker Tom Corner to go their on loan midway through the season.

However, with just three games left, the Cumbrians are one point and one place better off than their visitors.

Both clubs go into the game on the back of a victory and Avenue have no new injury concerns following their 3-0 home win over Histon.

Deacey said: “We took Jordan (Deacey), Grant (Black) and Knowlesy (James Knowles) off in the second half against Histon but for different reasons. Dean Bartle came on for Grant because he needs game time and Knowlesy went off because it was his first game back from suspension.

“We have to be careful with Jordan because he has been carrying a little injury and we are taking him off after an hour or so because we don’t want it getting worse.”

Farsley will be looking to stay in the play-off places in the Evo-Stik Division One North on Saturday but they will have to engineer another good result to keep their fate in their own hands.

Neil Parsley’s men head to second-placed Darlington 1883, the club that rose from the ashes of the former Football League outfit.

They were strong favourites to win the title this season but their chance of finishing top has gone.

Darlington, like their visitors Farsley, have just nine points to play for and the north-east outfit trail leaders Curzon Ashton by 11.

Farsley won at Curzon on Monday to re-enter the play-off zone in fifth place.

But they are only one point better off than Ramsbottom United and Lancaster City.

Silsden journey to Congleton Town in the North West Counties Premier Division looking to bounce back after a 1-0 home defeat to Ashton Athletic in midweek.

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