MARK Bower supports those who believe Bradford (Park Avenue) need to add more up front, post a misfiring league opener against Gateshead.

Makeshift striker Adam Nowakowski put the hosts ahead when he converted his own rebound after rattling the crossbar from a Jordan Windass cross.

Bradford were wasteful though and their North East opponents capitalised thanks to Jordan Preston's classy header and a Jake Hibbs own goal.

Although, Bower believes he selected the right tactic to face last season's playoff semi-finalist, he admits more is needed going forward.

He said: "We identified that they (Gateshead) are not the most physical team.

"Adam up front was a vocal point to get us up the pitch. He took his goal really well.

"Quite a few players had chances. That is young players though, the more they play, the more clinical they will become.

"Brad (Dockerty) is a good finisher, Lewis (Knight) has got goals for us in the past and Isaac (Marriott) is adding that to his game.

"We have got to try chip in from different areas. We had plenty of set pieces, we need to try force them home.

"People say we need to be more clinical and we are crying out for a striker. Getting someone who can do what we want them to do and score goals, those players do not grow on trees.

"With our limitations, it will be very difficult. But, we will try and find that. We need a little bit more strength in depth."

Overall, the Avenue boss was pleased with his team's much-improved performance and thinks luck was just not on their side.

Bower added: "After that second half on Saturday (against Spennymoor Town) not many of them came out of it with any credit, bar Dan Atkinson.

"You go through the team (against Gateshead) and I think you can give everybody a pat on the back because they produced some good stuff at times.

"We can be better in all departments but I certainly feel better with the individual performances.

"For a team who made the playoffs last season, they were glad to hear the final whistle.

"Three out of the four halves we have played so far have been good. It certainly gives us something to work with."

Whilst, confirming captain Luca Havern should be fit for Saturday's match at Hereford, Bower expects a "strange" trip to Edgar Street.

He said: "It is always nice going down to a big club like Hereford where there is a crowd in.

"That will be a strange experience with it being empty, hopefully it will work in our favour. We will go down there with little pressure on us.

"One of the things you do when you go to the likes of Hereford is try and keep the crowd quite.

"After half an hour if you are level, crowds can get frustrated and get on the home teams back.

"Hopefully we can go out and give a good account of ourselves and get something so we are up and running."