BRADFORD (Park Avenue) welcomed a familiar face into their ranks for last week's game against Fylde, in the shape of former Bantams winger Dylan Mottley-Henry.

And while Mark Bower is confident Avenue can help him get back up into the Football League, for now, his new manager just wants him to terrify non-league defences.

Bower said: "Dylan's played at a higher level for most of his career, and he has some key attributes that are hard to find, namely the raw pace and power that he possesses.

"He can cause any team and their full-backs problems out wide, either on the right or left wing, and create chances for the strikers.

"He did end up as a centre forward against Fylde, but that was only because we were chasing the game late on."

Avenue lost that National League North clash 2-0 at home to Fylde last weekend, but Bower was proud of his side, and reiterated his belief that he expects their visitors to win the title this season.

But things don't get much easier this weekend, with Avenue facing an FA Cup Second Qualifying Round clash at in-form Gateshead today.

The North-East outfit have former Newcastle United players Mike Williamson and Adam Campbell within their ranks, as well as the red-hot Macaulay Langstaff.

Bower said: "They're a very strong full-time outfit, who are all about trying to get on the front foot and dominate possession.

"We had Macaulay on loan here at Avenue a couple of years ago, so we know what he's capable of.

"He's in red-hot form and has been finding the net regularly this season, so we'll have to be on our game to stop him."

The FA Cup has not been Avenue's friend in recent years, with the club not making it to the First Round since the 2012/13 season.

Bower said: "It's been really difficult for us over the last few years, and though I always moan about the ties we've been given, it's only a bad draw if you get beat I suppose.

"Despite the results not being great, I think we've started this season well, and the last time we were up in the North East, we beat Darlington 1-0, so hopefully it will be a similar score this weekend.

"If we can get through against Gateshead, then that prize money could help us buy a new player, so it's a massive game for us.

"We've got a lot of younger lads who want to play at a higher level in future too, and the FA Cup can give you that chance to test yourself against better opposition.

"If you look at Chorley last year, they had a great run, and that was a great experience for them, and financially massive too.

"The FA Cup hasn't been kind to me down the years, so hopefully I'm saving all my luck for one big run."

Mark Ross returned from injury against Fylde, while Bower expects Brad Dockerty to make his comeback this weekend.

Nicky Clee and Lucas Odunston both went off injured last week, but Bower expects the duo to be fit to face Gateshead.