BRADFORD (Park Avenue) had a truly miserable Bank Holiday weekend, with Jake Hibbs' horrendous leg break at Chorley followed by the team losing 2-1 at home to Boston United.

But there was one shining light for Avenue, with right-back Jordan Windass netting a 35-yard screamer at Horsfall in that second game.

The man with the very famous dad (Dean) and fairly famous brother (Josh) is less heralded than the other footballing Windasses, but Bradford boss Mark Bower says the pressure of being a household name does not get to his full-back.

He said: "Jordan just gets on with his business. He's very down to earth and it's a shame last season got cut short, because he'd worked his way into the team.

"He's shown a lot of improvement in the last year or so, and he's set up one and scored the other of our two league goals so far.

"He knows what he needs to do to improve, but he's not fazed by the name he has. He's confident on the pitch and in the dressing room."

Windass is fast becoming one of Avenue's most important players, like Hibbs.

Sadly, Hibbs had his leg broken in a tackle at Chorley, which forced that game to be abandoned 15 minutes in.

It is not good news for the midfielder, with Bower saying: "We're preparing to be without Jake for the whole season. I've not seen an injury as bad as that in 25 years.

"He is being well looked after. He's got a job, which he won't be able to do for a long time, and a kid on the way, so it's good to see the fundraising efforts to help him."

Bower was not impressed by the tackle which caused the injury, saying: "I don't think he intended to break Jake's leg, but it was a reckless, out of control lunge.

"It's difficult to describe my feelings on it, as it's still so raw, and it affected the players against Boston too.

"But we've lost one of our best players for a year, while their lad only gets a three match ban.

"He even played on Monday and helped Chorley get a clean sheet, whereas we had poor Jake laid on the pitch for 90 minutes on Saturday waiting for an ambulance.

"It's sad because it's going to impact his life and career."

Bower will be without Hibbs, Mark Ross and Brad Dockerty due to injury tomorrow at Darlington.

Avenue and Darlington are the bottom two in the National League North at present, but Bower said: "We're not bothered that it's Darlington, as we'll approach the game in the same way as we will against Fylde next week, who are currently top.

"You do want to tick off those milestones though, like your first win and first clean sheet, and so far we've only got our first point.

"But I thought we were the better side in our first three games, and then just came up against a strong Boston side at the worst moment.

"We have a small squad, so it's costly having players injured, but it does give other lads an opportunity to keep hold of the shirt.

"Besides, we had an even smaller squad when we visited Darlington last year, and won 1-0, so hopefully we can have another success there."