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.
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.”
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)
Admission is on the gate:
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.