Bradford Park Avenue begin their Emirates FA Cup journey with a trip to Southport this Saturday.
Mark Bower’s in-form Avenue take on Southport for the second time this season in the second qualifying round of the most famous cup competition in the world.
10-man Bradford fell to an unfortunate 2-1 defeat at the Horsfall Stadium when the Sandgrounders visited for just the second game of the season.
Avenue took the lead through Adam Boyes, but were pegged back by an Andy White goal before Javan Vidal was shown a straight red card, and Gary Roberts snatched all three points with an 89th minute winner.
Bradford went on to lose their subsequent two games before turning their fortunes around, and go into the FA Cup clash on the back of a seven game unbeaten run.
Southport on the contrary have won just one of their last six, and have lost their last three games in a row, with an aggregate score of 13-1.
However it has been a tough run of fixtures for Alan Lewer’s men, who enjoyed success in the FA Cup last season.
The Yellows defeated Chester in the fourth qualifying round before hosting Fleetwood Town in the first round proper, a match which was shown live on TV.
The original tie was drawn 0-0, with Southport only defeated in extra time of the replay, as Fleetwood ran out 4-1 winners.
Despite what their good run of form would suggest, Bower’s Bradford have been plagued by injuries recently with as many as six players out for Monday’s victory over Boston United.
However the Bradford manager revealed he hopes to have up to four of the injured party back for the FA Cup tie.
Steven Drench, Luca Havern and Danny and Nicky Boshell are all expected to be available for selection for the cup clash, with Shane Killock also on his way to a return to action.
That leaves only Matt Hill, who remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, but loanee Graham Kelly has been cleared by parent club Port Vale to appear in the cup competition.
This will however leave Bower with somewhat a selection headache, as all four returning players started the first league game of the season, while their replacements have all played a big part in the recent unbeaten run.
If Saturday’s game ends in a draw, it will of course go to a replay, which would take place on Monday evening (18 September) at the Horsfall Stadium.
Recent league form
Harrogate Town (H) L 4-1
Kidderminster Harriers (H) L 3-0
Stockport County (A) L 6-0
Darlington (H) W 2-0
Salford City (A) L 2-1
Bradford Park Avenue
Boston United (H) W 2-1
Nuneaton Town (H) D 1-1
Gainsborough Trinity (A) W 3-0
Stockport County (A) D 0-0
Chorley (H) D 0-0
Last time out
Southport (vs Harrogate): Halstead, Kpohomouh, C Jones (Merrie 53), Smith, Jackson, Lowe, Roberts, Schumacher (Fletcher 32), White, Sampson, E Jones (Sang 65)
Bradford Park Avenue (vs Boston): Hall, Ross, Kelly, Wroe (c), Knowles, Toulson, Brooksby, Vidal, Boyes, Johnson (Nowakowski 73), Clee (Spencer 80)
Adult – £12 seated / £11 standing
OAP –£9 seated / £8 standing
Under 11 – FREE