OLI Johnson tucked away a penalty in both of Bradford (Park Avenue)'s excellent Bank Holiday victories over Hereford and Boston United, but manager Mark Bower is convinced that the experienced forward can offer the side even more.

Johnson's goals took his tally to three in seven Vanarama National League North games this season and the Avenue boss hopes a regular run of games will see him become a key figure in the club's promotion battle.

Bower said: "Oli was missing at times through suspension last season and he's always struggled with getting regular games in the past.

"You could see he was getting stronger by the end of last season though and three in seven games this year is decent going from out wide.

"Unfortunately he missed most of pre-season and he knows he can improve to get up to match speed. I'm pleased with his start but there's more to come from him in terms of scoring and creating chances."

Avenue travel to FC United of Manchester this Sunday and despite their Lancashire opponents languishing in second-bottom, Bower will not be taking the challenge lightly.

He said: "It's probably the first game of the season where we are the favourites.

"FC United tend to blow hot and cold though and if they play well they could cause us problems. Their fans always stick with them and offer great support too.

"Their manager resigned this week so it's difficult to predict what they'll do on Sunday. We've got to make sure we continue our hard work and take our chances because it's no easier than our other games so far."

Bower is delighted to have come through the hectic August schedule unscathed and is hoping to welcome some players back for the FC United clash.

He said: "All the changes that we made last weekend were tactical and we're also hoping to have Danny Lowe and Ben McKenna back on Sunday.

"It's a great position to be in with 18 players fit and available and it gives us good options, especially with only weekend games coming up."