Basement battlers set sights on first league win

Bradford Park Avenue boss Mark Bower.

Bradford Park Avenue boss Mark Bower.

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Basement outfit Bradford Park Avenue can secure their first league success of the season against another struggling side AFC Telford, writes Toby Bilton.

After drawing their first three games of the season, the Horsfall Stadium side have suffered 10 succesive defeats in the Conference North.

In serious danger of falling behind at the foot of the table, on Saturday they entertain 18th-placed Telford who have not won since the first week of September.

Clearly in need of some inspiration, manager Mark Bower has added utility midfielder Adam Nowakowski to his side, the ex-Harrogate Town player who has joined them on an initial one-month loan from Darlington.

Harrogate themsleves are enjoying an impressive start to the campaign, and, after suffering just one loss in 12 games, have established themselves as title hopefuls.

They travel to fifth-placed Chorley who have promotion ambitions of their own.

Halifax have, arguably, been disappointing so far considering last season’s relegation, and in eigth place they are just two places from the play-offs.

They face a tough away trip to Gloucester City, who, after 12 games have an identical record to the Shaymen.

It is the perfect oppurtunity for the visitors to reinvigorate their campaign.

In the Evo-Stik Premier Division, 19th-placed Frickley Athletic travel to Sutton Coldfield Town, who are second-bottom in 23rd.

Though Sutton’s poor standing in the league should encourage Frickley, their opponents have lost just once at home so far this season.

After winning their first-round ties in the West Riding County Cup, Ossett Town, Farsley Celtic and Brighouse Town all feature in a cup compeition again, this time the inaugral round of the FA Trophy.

Farsley travel to Radcliffe Borough whilst Brighouse Town are at Witton Albion, and Ossett Town host Bamber Bridge.

There are also away ties in the FA Trophy for Scarborough Athletic, Ossett Albion and Tadcaster Albion, who travel to Shaw Lane, Precot Cables and Glossop North End respectively.

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League leaders Liversedge can put the midweek cup defeat to Farsley Celtic firmly behind them as league football returns.

On a run of seven straight wins in the the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, this week they welcome 15th-placed Garforth to the Clayborn Ground, where they have a 100 per cent record.

Fourth-placed Albion Sports can do Liversedge a favour by defeating Cleethorpes, who are second, whilst fifth and sixth-placed sides Bottesford and Pickering face each other.

Elswhere, mid-table side Hemsworth Miners Welfare travel to Handsworth Parramore, whilst 19th-placed Harrogate Railway will be aiming for a first home win of the season against winless Parkgate.

In the NCEL Division One, high-flying Knaresborough Town travel to Eccleshill aiming to leapfrog Penistone into top spot.

Basement side Nostell Miners Welfare host Brigg Town targeting their first home points of the season, whilst a win for Pontefract Colleries against Dronfield could take them to second.

Meanwhile, AFC Emley welcome Yorkshire Amateur to Off Upper Lane, Selby Town face a difficult encounter at third-placed Hallam.

And 12th-placed Glasshoughton Welfare travel to Scunthorpe to play fifth side Winterton Rangers.

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