Preview: Bradford Park Avenue v Harriers
October 6, 2017

Preview: Bradford Park Avenue v Harriers

It's back to league action tomorrow for Harriers as they head off to Yorkshire to face Bradford Park Avenue.

Harriers will look to continue the up-turn in form that has seen them lose just one of their last seven games; another victory would see them leapfrog over tomorrow's hosts and push on back toward the play-off places.

New signing Jams O'Connor is set to make his debut and could come in in place of James Pearson who injured his hamstring in last weekend's FA Cup win at Newcastle Benfield.  Along with Pearson there is an injury doubt over Dan Bradley who has a calf problem but there are o other new injury problems for John Eustace to worry about.  Should the manager want to change the team around he could call upon any of Kennedy Digie, Josh Webb and Jack Finch who all played 90 minutes in a friendly at Stourport fort the Under-23 side in midweek.

Bradford are enjoying a good season so far, just one point ahead of Harriers and one place below the play-off positions.  They have suffered just one defeat in their last eight league games, although that was last time out at Leamington, but were knocked out of the FA Cup by Harrogate in a replay in the week.  Manager Mark Bower will be able to include a former Harrier in his side as striker Adam Boyes is now with the club.

Last season the corresponding fixture ended in a comfortable 3-1 win for Harriers with goals from Arthur Gnahoua, Andre Brown and Tyrell Waite.  Harriers have a good record against Bradford with four wins and a draw from six games played.

I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hall; Williams, Taylor, O'Connor, Horsfall; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Sonupe, Ironside, A. Brown.
Subs (from): Austin, Digie, Finch, Webb, Weeks, Wright.
Missing (injured): Bradley, Pearson, Truslove, Vaughan.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Palmer.

The referee tomorrow will be Paul Brown who will be officiating a Harriers game for the first time.

The weather is forecast to be cloudy at kick-off time with a temperature of 13°C and a 20% chance of rain.