MARK Bower says Bradford (Park Avenue) will be counting the cost of missing another massive home game, with their Boxing Day encounter against York City at Horsfall the latest to bite the dust.

The 3G pitch was covered in snow, making it unplayable, and the National League North clash was called off just after 11am.

Dejected Avenue boss Bower said: "If we didn't have bad luck, we'd have no luck at all.

"That's probably our three biggest earners of the season, Marine and Halifax at home in the FA Trophy on a Saturday afternoon, and now York on Boxing Day, that have been postponed.

"It's (the York call off) disappointing for us as a squad as it is, as we'd put time into our game prep, but financially it's a massive hit for the club.

"When I woke up on Boxing Day and saw all the snow outside, I just thought, 'oh no, not again', and then with the fog too, we just knew the game couldn't be played safely, in terms of both the players and supporters."

Avenue will praying this afternoon's game at Guiseley goes ahead without a hitch, with Bower saying: "Reece Staunton and Nickseon Gomis should be fine to play after their little injuries.

"But Simon Richman is still only 40/60 so I doubt he'll be involved.

"We'll also have a couple of players missing, who I won't name, due to Covid, which I think every team is going to go through spells of, so I'm just hoping we don't have any more phone calls about that ahead of the game."

Guiseley, whose own Boxing Day game at Farsley Celtic was called off due to the snow, are down towards the foot of the table, like Avenue.

But their last game saw them grab a crucial late winner at rock-bottom AFC Telford United, courtesy of academy graduate Josh Stones' first senior goal for the club.

The Lions have a highly-respected academy at this level, having reached the FA Youth Cup second round in both of the last two years.

And Bower said: "When I joined Guiseley as a player 10 years ago, the academy was in its infancy then.

"But they've got lots of lads coming through to their first team now and that was always their long-term plan.

"That's thanks to some excellent coaching really, as Dave Currie and Danny Ellis have done a great job there for years.

"It's beneficial to the club in terms of saving on the budget and filling shirt numbers too if you have lads coming through from the academy into the first team.

"You're also hoping to sell them on in the future, which can help you get income for years to come.

"Our academy is starting to grow now at Avenue, so we need to look at what Guiseley have done, and their success, and try and get it right like them, though hopefully slightly quicker if possible."

Avenue picked up tireless midfielder Isaac Marriott from Huddersfield Town's academy, and after a couple of sterling years at Horsfall, he joined National League side Altrincham on Christmas Eve.

While Bower is pleased to see his progress rewarded, and for the club to get a financial boost, he admitted reinforcements will be needed in the centre of the park over the coming weeks, with Marriott's departure exacerbated by injuries to Richman and Jake Hibbs (broken leg).