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

Kick-off: Saturday, December 12 (3pm)

Venue: Horsfall Stadium

Odds: Bradford 6/4, Leamington 7/5, Draw 13/5

Current positions: 14th v 12th

Form guide

The hosts have been out of action for over a week, gaining a well-deserved break after playing six games in 17 days.

Previous to that they were unbeaten in their last three. Mark Bower's men beat Darlington and were involved in absorbing draws against Spennymoor Town and AFC Fylde all on the road.

Since their almost month-long pause due to Covid, Leamington are in sterling form.

The Brakes have not lost in eight league games, picking up three wins in the process. The home downing of promotion hopefuls York City was particularly impressive.

Team news

The biggest dearth in Avenue's dressing room is that of their manager. Although Bower, who tested positive for Coronavirus on Thursday, will be in constant communication with assistant Danny Boshell throughout the match.

Last night, Avenue pulled off a great steal by bringing in ex-Notts County creative spark Reegan Booty.

He should come into a midfield which had become depleted due to Ryan Toulson beginning his three-match ban from the Spennymoor red card, and the injured Isaac Marriot set to be out until Boxing Day.

Oli Johnson could be in contention for a place on the bench, while the versatile Adam Nowakowski should make the 15-man squad.

Possible line-ups


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

Subs: Will Huffer, Luke Lyons, Matty Downing, Adam Nowakowski, Tabish Hussain.


GK Jake Weaver, RB Josh Martin, CB Kyle Morrison, CB Jack Lane, LB Stephan Morley, RM Sam Osborne, CM Joe Clarke, CM Simeon Maye, LM Danny Waldron, CAM Jack Edwards (C), ST Lance Smith.

Subs: Dan Meredith, Junior English, Connor Taylor, Kaiman Anderson, Taylor Allen.

Battle to watch: Knight v Osborne

Avenue's flying forward must have been gutted to see the short break come. Braces at Spennymoor and Fylde topped up his league tally to a classy six in nine.

The 22-year-old currently sits joint-fourth in the goalscoring charts. The man above him should be feared though.

Osborne has been a revelation since choosing to leave County at the same time Booty was released.

The fellow youngster has bagged one goal more than Knight, and that's mostly been from playing out wide on the right.

Head to head

The sole 2019-20 fixture was one to forget for Bradford. Last November, a Josh March hat-trick separated the two teams with Liam Hughes seeing red in the dying embers.

Uniquely, before Leamington conducted that drumming at Horsfall last term, from the other nine meetings each side had won every game which was hosted on their own patch.