ALL you need to know ahead of Bradford (Park Avenue)'s Vanarama National League North match with Spennymoor Town.

Kick-off: Saturday, November 28 (3pm)

Venue: The Brewery Field

Odds: Spennymoor 1/3, Bradford 6/1, Draw 4/1

Current positions: 7th v 9th

Form guide

The ability to bounce back from defeat was missing last season, but it seems that has vanished this term.

Bower's men responded from successive home losses to Southport and AFC Telford United by shocking Darlington on Tuesday night, meaning a win today could lift them into the top seven.

After beating Avenue at the opening stage, Town's Emirates FA Cup run ended in the next round thanks to a 3-1 slashing at Chester.

Jason Ainsley's side have only got out on six occasions in the league, due to postponements and cancellations. Nevertheless, an unbeaten start at home and only one defeat on the road sees them sitting pretty.

Team news

Mitch Lund is still the biggest absentee, but there is positive news in that attacking trio Oli Johnson, Adam Nowakowski and Tabish Hussain are not too far away from regaining fitness.

However, Leamington on December 12 is the more realistic date for their return.

The hosts have not taken to the field for a fortnight since their 2-0 victory over Southport.

Ben McKenna and Jamie Spencer will be keen to shine against their ex-boss. The latter changed the game when he came on at half time in the pair's most recent clash.

Possible line-ups


GK Dan Atkinson, RB Jordan Windass, CB Mark Ross, CB Luca Havern (C), LB Harry Boyes, CM Nicky Clee (C), CM Jake Hibbs, CM Isaac Marriott, RW Omar Sanyang, ST Lewis Knight, LW Brad Dockerty.

Subs: Will Huffer, Luke Lyons, Matty Downing, Ryan Toulson, Ion Ibrian.


GK Dale Eve, RB Tyler Forbes, CB Nathan Buddle, CB James Curtis (C), LB Adam Blakeman, CM Jason Kennady, CM Jamie Spencer, CM Robert Ramshaw, RW Adriano Moke, ST Glenn Taylor, LW Ben Mckenna.

Subs: Joe Tait, Mark Anderson, Stephen Thompson, Frank Mulhern, Scott McLean.

Battle to watch: Havern v Taylor

Taylor has started the season in his usual red-hot form. Five goals in the league has already propelled him to fourth-joint top goalscorer.

It would come as no surprise to see the clinical frontman get more than 15 goals for the fourth campaign on the bounce in step two.

Avenue's skipper must continue the sort of form which has earned his team four clean sheets so far.

Havern's goal on his last visit to the North East proved he can contribute at the other end too.

Last meeting

Surprisingly, Bradford took the lead in that second qualifying round tie at Horsfall. Knight netted on the half hour mark before three goals in the final 12 minutes won it for the Moors.

Despite, missing two spot kicks, Taylor opened his account that day with a brace while Thompson also netted.