MARK Bower is still keen to be involved in his team's league fixture with Leamington tomorrow but is confident number two Danny Boshell can do a good job alone on the touchline.

The Bradford (Park Avenue) boss will be managing from the comfort of his own home after he tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.

Should Bradford beat Chester midweek in the Buildbase FA Trophy, Bower is allowed to return for the third round tie at Altrincham the following Saturday.

He has not been in contact with anyone from the club since Avenue's last fixture, a trip to AFC Fylde on December 1. After such a busy schedule, the squad were given a week off and their manager was not present at training on Tuesday.

Boshell and player-coach Ryan Toulson have taken the reins in his absence. The pair took last night's session and will communicate with the eagle-eyed Bower on matchday.

He explained how it is going to work: "It will be frustrating because the stream is 30 seconds to a minute behind.

"We will have a mobile phone on the bench and I will be speaking to Bosh throughout the game.

"I think at two o'clock we will get their team and go through it on the phone. We will then give players their roles in terms of who they have to pick up from set pieces.

"He (Boshell) says a lot in the dressing room anyway so there won't be too much difference to how we usually do it.

"Hopefully he can get us a couple of results and we are having that conversation in a few weeks where they say you don’t need to come back (chuckles)."

Bradford now sit 14th in the league with everyone else playing the games they had in hand.

Bower added: "We were in a bit of a false position in the top half. On Tuesday, it seemed to just level itself out a little bit.

"If you look at the league table now it is not much of a surprise, the majority of teams up there will be there come the end of the season. Like ourselves, people expect us to be in the bottom half and that’s where we are.

"We are not too worried about the table, we just have to make sure we keep picking up points.

"We have done that so far but we want to kick on and improve."

An in-form Leamington come to Horsfall seeking the victory this weekend.

Bower likes what the Brakes are doing as a club and expects to be watching a competitive match.

"They have a really good manager (Paul Holleran) who knows what he is doing at this level. He is constantly evolving his team. I have a lot of respect for the work they do.

"They are unbeaten in eight and we have only lost two in nine, so it should be a decent game.

"They have scored a few goals late on in games that have snatched wins for them so they will be playing with a lot of confidence.

"We are looking forward to getting back out and trying to get into the top half."