MARK Bower says he is happy with the strength in depth of his Bradford (Park Avenue) side after they continued their fine start to the season in Vanarama National League North with a midweek victory.

A 26th-minute strike from Ben McKenna was enough to earn PA a 1-0 victory over Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night - their third win in four games.

This result puts Bower's men up to fourth on nine points ahead of the visit of Stockport County to Horsfall Stadium on Saturday.

Bower said his side showed composure and used their experience to their advantage in the victory over 17th-placed Spennymoor, a team who beat PA twice last season.

He said: "I thought we were good tonight, coming up against a side who will be right up there at the end of the season.

"They have quality and the players they have signed, shows how ambitious they are.

"We defended our box well. The most pleasing thing was that we were comfortable for the last 25 minutes, when we dominated the game. We were playing with a lot of composure and quality. We made so many good decisions and hit the post in the last few minutes.

"We knew a lot of Spennymoor's players. The experience in our team helps us. We were pleased to beat a team that did the double over us last season.

"We are also pleased to take nine points from the first four games. We are pleased with our start.

"The lads on the bench had a good impact on the game.

"We had a strong bench, so many options on there, and quality on there. It helped us to freshen it up against Spennymoor."

Bower added he was pleased with striker Lewis Knight's debut against Spenny moor, but frustrated with the delays as the red tape was sorted out.

The 19-year-old played for (Park Avenue) in a series of friendlies, earning a contract with the club and becoming the eighth new addition to the squad.

Following his exit from Leeds United's academy, the forward moved to the USA to study at Marshall University and was prolific for the University’s football team in the Conference USA league.

He returned to England this year and made his PA debut after being granted international clearance.

Bower added: "He did very well in pre-season for us. He has a lot to learn but he is a good young player with lots of potential.

"He makes excellent work-rate and had had to wait for the ridiculous international clearance to come through, so he could play for us. He has the attitude to be given a chance and to take it."