Deacey Happy With Avenue Character

Following the 2-2 draw against Solihull Moors, the Avenue manager John Deacey is pleased to extend the unbeaten run to seven games.

Prior to kick off, the Avenue were unbeaten in six league matches, and Deacey is hoping to see an improvement in the early minutes of the game:

“For the first fifteen minutes it was rubbish then for 75 minutes we played brilliant football. You cannot give a team like Solihull Moors a two goal lead. It is mental strength, they need to sort themselves out, it’s nothing to do with ability. We have discussed that after the game and we need to switch on more and stop being slack for the first period of the game.”

However, the Avenue manager was pleased with the response of his team:

“We showed great character. We had three golden opportunities and (John) Lamb did not make a save in the second half, even though they had five or six corners.”

On Tuesday, the Avenue make the trip to face Boston United and Deacey is expecting the return of two defenders:

“It’s a very hard game but we have not lost in seven games. Also, we will have two players back with (Adam) Clayton and (Scott) Maxfield added to the squad.”

Finally, it was an emotional day for Bradford (Park Avenue). Known by many as ‘Tank,’ David Tempest sadly passed away on Wednesday, and Deacey paid tribute to the popular chatacter:

“I was distraught when I heard the news. He was larger than life and I know he would laugh about that! He was one of my favourite characters here, he will be sadly missed and was a pleasure to know. I thought he was a super guy and I know the lads thought that too. My condolences go to his family at this very sad time. It’s a loss to Bradford (Park Avenue) because he was hard-working but I know he will be up there laughing and still laughing at me about my choice of music!”