AFTER 19 days without a fixture, Bradford (Park Avenue) are glad to be finally returning to the pitch today as they travel to Kettering Town.

Mark Bower's men were put into isolation for a fortnight after a member of their squad tested positive for Coronavirus.

The quarantine period expired late last Saturday, meaning their home clash with Boston United had to be called off but training could resume on Tuesday.

The Bradford manager admits this could be a theme throughout the season but feels his team just have to get on with it.

He said: "You can’t moan about it. We have all got to adapt and deal with it. There is a bigger picture so if we have to stay away from each other we will do that.

"It was a promising lead up to the season so for it to just stop, frustrating is the word.

"Four out of the 11 fixtures were off in our league last weekend, so it is happening to the other teams.

"You probably don't know the personnel that you are going to come up against week by week. It is a different challenge, but we are up for it.

"The teams that adapt better and have the bigger squads will probably fair a little better.

"There will be times where it will effect us and we might be on the end of a disappointing scoreline but the challenge is to get back on the horse and go again.

"The lads were buzzing to get back in training. There’s not much else going on in the world so football is a release to give the lads a bit of normality."

It should be a level playing field at Latimer Park as the hosts have had similar problems themselves, not playing since October 6.

Manager Paul Cox and several players tested positive leading to a withdrawal from the FA Cup and a number of league postponements.

Despite, Avenue never beating Town in their three meetings which include a 4-0 hammering last term, Bower is confident his team can get a positive result.

He added: "Kettering are in a similar boat to us. They are a part time team and have not done anything for a few weeks so there can be no excuses.

"I don't think we have too many lads who were involved that day (last season) and likewise for them as well.

"New season, fresh challenge and new faces in each team. It will be our first game on grass this season too.

"We know it will be really tough. They are a big physical team and one that will cause problems for every team in this league so we will make sure that we stand up to that."

The visitors will be also be able to call upon new loanee Harry Boyes. The left sided player recently joined Horsfall from Premier League outfit Sheffield United until January.

"Harry is very highly thought of and gives us some options down the left side where we were a bit short. He has really good quality going forward.

"He is a very promising player and one that we hope can add to the team. We are really pleased with the signing."

Another piece of news that broke during the layoff was the club receiving £90,000 for the first three months of the season from the National Lottery to cover lost gate receipts revenue.

Bower added: "It is very welcomed. This money will be vital for all of us.

"We as a club have cut our cloth accordingly knowing the situation which potentially could happen.

"We were careful in our recruitment and where we have spent money. Hopefully every club has done the same as us and not overspent knowing everything that was going on."