Deacey Happy With Victory

Following the 3-1 victory against AFC Telford United, John Deacey was pleased with the first home win of the season.

The Avenue remain unbeaten in five league matches, and recorded their first victory last weekend against Worcester City.

This week, the home side welcomed back Jamie Price from a rib injury and was named at left back in place of the suspended Scott Maxfield. Also, Adam Clayton started his suspension, and was replaced by Chris Howarth. Meanwhile, Louie Swain, on loan from Bradford City was dropped to the bench and Nicky Boshell returned to the starting eleven.

The Avenue manager is happy with the progress of his side:

“It was a good performance. We have been playing well for the past couple of weeks and we are getting the squad back together. We are climbing up the league to maybe where we should be and there is competition for places.”

During the game, Liam Watson’s men threatened the Avenue goal, and Deacey praised the resilience of his squad:

“I thought AFC Telford United threw everything at us, they had a long throw and played the long ball game against us. Our defence stood up well but I thought we defended from the front. I thought Nicky Boshell and Alex Davidson defended well from there, Chib (Chilaka) did his bit on the outside and Paul Walker did well. Also, Jamie Price was excellent today.”

On Tuesday, the Avenue make the short trip to Nethermoor to face Guiseley AFC. Last season, the Avenue failed to defeat their local neighbours, but Deacey is expecting a close game:

“It’s a local derby and it will be a tough encounter. Steve (Kittrick) did a great job and was very unlucky to lose his job. The lads will be looking forward to it and they will not need motivation and Guiseley AFC will not need any motivation to play against Bradford (Park Avenue).”