MARK Bower has urged his Bradford (Park Avenue) side to power on to another three points after getting back to winning ways last weekend.

Avenue got their first win of 2019 against promotion rivals Chester on Saturday, following up a hard-fought draw the weekend before against an Altrincham side who are also battling for a play-off berth.

Bower’s men had last tasted victory on Boxing Day against Guiseley and he admitted there was some concern at their winless run, but that it was only a matter of time before they bagged three points.

The Avenue manager said: “I thought we’ve been playing quite well and we were a bit unfortunate at times, a few things going against us, and I had every confidence that we’d be able to turn it round.”

Avenue will host mid-table Curzon Ashton tomorrow and Bower is wary of their impressive away record despite recent misgivings.

The coach said: “They lost their last game 6-0, so any team that that happens to, you’re always going to get a reaction from, so it’s probably the worst time for us to be playing them.”

He added: “We’ll be really keen to back-up last week’s win. It’s pointless winning one week and losing the next. We’ve got to make sure we back up that win with a good performance and if we perform to our capabilities we give ourselves a really good chance to win.”

Three valuable points pushed Avenue into fifth and leaves them two points above eighth-placed Chester.

But Bower isn’t getting ahead of himself.

He said: “Things can change very quickly at this stage of the season. There’s postponements and cup involvement and some teams will play some weeks and then not the others.

“Then we’ve got games to catch up on in the weeks after, so it will fluctuate, it will go up and down. Things will go for you one week and against you maybe the next and all-in-all it’s just about getting enough points on the board.

“Since that little break, two points a game from the last two, if we can go with that average then we’ll be more than comfortable in the top seven so that’ll be something that if we can keep to we’ll put ourselves in a great position.”

Bower believe’s Avenue’s mix of youthful hunger and experience can be a winning combination in the search for promotion.

As games come thick and fast, and the chase for play-off spots heats up, Avenue’s boss is keeping his troops channelled on their efforts.

He said: “First and foremost you’ve got to concentrate on yourself. We’re only in February still, so we’re not really paying much attention to the other teams because at the minute you don’t know who those teams that you need to finish above are going to be.

“The likes of York have got themselves on a good run and Southport have shown that they’re capable earlier in the season putting a really good run together.

Bower added: “We’ll just concentrate on ourselves. Last year when it got towards the end we were praying for whoever Spennymoor were playing against when we were battling for that last spot, but we’re not at that point yet.”