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

Kick-off: Saturday, January 2 (3pm)

Venue: Bootham Crescent

Odds: York 9/20, Bradford 17/4, Draw 10/3

Current positions: 4th v 16th

Form guide

As striker Lewis Knight remarked, Bradford were gutted to not build on the famous 4-2 win over their Yorkshire counterparts seven days ago.

That 3-0 defeat at Curzon Ashton spelled only a second away defeat, breaking up a five-game unbeaten streak.

Meanwhile, the Minstermen fared much better last Monday. A tight 1-0 beating of Guiseley showed Steve Watson his side could grind out a result when needed.

In this season of uncertainties nobody should be shocked to see the tiniest margin, four points, separates third from 17th in the table.

Team news

Ryan Toulson returned from suspension to the start at Curzon but fellow red card offender Jake Hibbs still has another game to go on his ban.

Oli Johnson came on in Greater Manchester after not featuring since that beautiful brace down at Hereford. Mitch Lund, Luca Havern, Jordan Windass and Isaac Marriott should all be out.

Former Avenue man Michael Duckworth, who played on Boxing Day, was rested against the Lions so could be back in what will potentially be the final ever match played at City's 88-year home.

Possible line-ups


GK Dan Atkinson, RB Ryan Toulson, CB Mark Ross, CB Luke Lyons, LB Harry Boyes, CM Adam Nowakowski, CM Regan Booty, CM Nicky Clee (C), RW Will Longbottom, ST Lewis Knight, LW Brad Dockerty.

Subs: Will Huffer, Omar Sanyang, Tabish Hussain, Jamie Lyons, Oli Johnson.


GK Peter Jameson, RWB Michael Duckworth, CB Josh King, CB Matthew Brown, CB Sean Newton, LWB Scott Barrow, CM Robbie Tinkler, CM Akil Wright, CM Oliver Dyson, ST Jack Redshaw, ST Jake Cassidy.

Subs: Harry Flatters, Kieran Kennedy, Paddy McLaughlin, Michael Woods, Rob Guilfoyle.

Battle to watch: Booty v Redshaw

Since his arrival in December, the midfielder has shown exactly why he played so much for Notts County in the National League last term.

Booty's ability on the ball is for all to see and his calmness was typified in the wonderful strike he bagged in the reverse fixture.

Redshaw ran the show, especially in the second half, for the visitors on that day with his silkiness and creativity.

The former Morecambe and FC Halifax Town forward will be keen to add to his goal tally after breaking a duck against Avenue.

Head to head

Knight (2), Booty and Boyes all got on the scoresheet in the aforementioned thriller to capture Mark Bower's maiden home York win.

His only other success came on the road back in November 2018. Jake Beesley's double was followed by now-Spennymoor Town duo Jamie Spencer and Ben Mckenna netting to seal a brilliant afternoon for the Green Army.

To see how Bradford get on in this Yorkshire derby follow our blog live from an emotional Bootham Crescent at 2pm.