Match Preview: Leamington (H)

On Saturday Bradford (Park Avenue) welcome fellow Vanarama Conference North side Leamington to the Horsfall Stadium in the Carlsberg FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round.

The hosts go into the game off the back of a disappointing 2-1 loss at Brackley Town last Saturday, but the performance was very encouraging and Avenue were by far the better team.

New recruits George Smith and Sam Patterson will add to John Deacey’s options for the match, but those options are hampered by a number of injury issues.

Captain Nathan Hotte is experiencing problems with his knee and is currently awaiting a scan to find out the extent of damage done. Dan Clayton and Paul Walker are expected to be sidelined for a further week or so with their ankle and back injuries respectively.

On a separate note, Chris Lever goes in for his operation on Saturday to hopefully fix his own knee problems.

One other player not available for Deacey to select from is his son Jordan, who returned to Telford this week following the completion of his loan deal at Avenue.

After a decent cameo at Brackley, Richard Marshall could be expected to take Deacey’s place in the side. The manager was more than content with his side’s performance last Saturday that he may choose not to make many changes to the side away from that.

Like Avenue, Leamington haven’t won in the league since October, their last win coming the week before Avenue’s, when they beat Hyde 4-0 on the 4th of October. They have, however, come closer recently, having drawn 3 of their last 4 games.

Forward Stefan Moore is a man to watch out for, having scored 8 goals in 16 appearances so far this season.

League Form (Last 5 matches)

Bradford (Park Avenue)
Tamworth (H) L 4-2
Colwyn Bay (A) D 0-0
Solihull Moors (H) L 3-2
North Ferriby (H) D 1-1
Brackley Town (A) L 2-1

Stockport (A) L 2-0
Hyde (A) D 2-2
Worcester City (A) D 2-2
Worcester City (H) L 2-1
Boston United (A) D 1-1

Admission Prices

Adults – £11.00

Senior Citizens – £7.00

Students (on production of a current NUS card) – £7.00

Under 16s – Free

Armed forces personnel (on production of warrant card) – Free