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Bradford Park Avenue Salford City SALFORD CITY have eyes set on taking top spot ahead of Saturday’s game against Bradford Park Avenue (KO 13:30).

After Harrogate Town dropped points on Tuesday night, against Bradford Park Avenue, The Ammies have been given a chance to overtake the league leaders ahead of their game at Alfreton Town, which kicks off at 15:00.

Salford responded to the loss against Leamington with a win against York City last weekend, and now it’s important to start building momentum again in a fixture that The Ammies have dominated in the last couple of seasons.

BPA were one of the sides who fell victim in the 2015-16 FA Cup run, before being beaten again in last season’s competition, then losing both league meetings in 2016-17.

Mark Bower’s side come into this game not in the best of form, having failed to win in their last six games, however a spirited performance on Tuesday night saw them come from behind to draw at Harrogate, and they had chances to take all three points before settling for a draw.

Avenue can boast an experienced line-up though, with a number of their squad winning promotion under Bower at Guiseley in 2014-15.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Richie Allen scored the winning goal in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round a couple of seasons ago, and says that the Horsfall Stadium holds good memories:

“There’s good memories there because of the FA Cup, when we went on that run we had to play two games and at their place I scored the winner. 

“The FA Cup’s gone now, and we’ve got to concentrate on the league; hopefully I can replicate what I did at their place by getting myself another goal.”

The 31-year-old is yet to score this season, but says he is still content as long as the team is doing well:

“I’ve been thinking a goal’s been coming for weeks to be honest with you! 

“At the moment it’s not coming but I’ll get there; I’m sure I can still get goals this season but it’s not just about me scoring, it’s about the team getting the right results and if I can assist then I’ve still done my job. 

“But the most important thing for me if I don’t score is getting the three points and if we get them, I’m happy.

“It’s a good chance to go top, and hopefully if we get top, we can stay there and that’s the most important thing.

“It might put a bit of pressure on Harrogate, I’m not saying it will happen but knowing we could be top of the league by the time they play could put a bit of pressure on them.”

Previous Meetings

Bradford Park Avenue 0-2 Salford City (National League North, 1/1/2017)
Salford City 1-0 Bradford Park Avenue (National League North, 26/12/2016)
Bradford Park Avenue 0-1 Salford City (Emirates FA Cup Q2, 17/9/2016)
Bradford Park Avenue 0-1 Salford City (aet, Emirates FA Cup Q3 Replay, 14/10/2015)
Salford City 1-1 Bradford Park Avenue (Emirates FA Cup Q3, 10/10/2015)

Match Information

Admission is on the gate:
Adults £10
Concessions £7
Students £5
Under-18s £2

Car Parking is £1 for supporters and is accessed via Park Road, or by the driveway at the back of the main stand from Cemetery Road.

If you can’t make it to the Horsfall Stadium, there will be updates on Twitter (@SalfordCityFC) or you can listen to Live Match Commentary via Mixlr (Salford City FC) from shortly before kick-off.

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