BRADFORD (Park Avenue) manager Mark Bower is pleased with Jake Beesley’s start to the season, and he has praised the young striker’s work rate and determination.

Beesley, who is on loan from Salford City, grabbed Avenue’s second goal in last Sunday’s Vanarama National League North draw at FC United of Manchester and Bower felt that was the least the 21-year-old deserved.

He enthused: “Jake’s done well because he works so hard. He gets himself chances that aren’t really there, either latching on to long balls or just through his sheer effort and work rate.

“The only frustrating thing is he could have had more goals at the weekend. He can still improve in certain areas of his game, although he’ll get that with the experience of playing.

“He’ll settled in well here and the team really appreciate his efforts. He’s a great lad.”

It was confirmed yesterday that Avenue’s away game against Chester tomorrow will take place at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

Their hosts have not played there since the opening day of the season due to electrical issues.

Macclesfield Town’s Moss Rose ground was offered as an alternative option but Bower had insisted that the ground uncertainty was not affecting his team's preparations at all.

He said: “All we’re focused on is their team. A lot of them have knocked around at this level for years, so we know what to expect.”

Avenue are at the opposite end of the table to Chester, currently sitting third after the 2-2 draw at FC United. Bower was frustrated with that result though, saying: “We were by far and away the better team and should have picked up three points.

“We could have scored lots more goals and they didn’t create many chances. They were lucky to get their penalty in added time too, although we need to learn to cope with late pressure.”

"If you look at the Boston United and Spennymoor Town games, they had far more chances but we kept two clean sheets.

“We’ll take the positives though and we’ve still got a strong squad available. Danny East is our only absentee and our bench was so strong on Sunday that I could have put any of the substitutes on.”