New Bradford Park Avenue winger Gavin Rothery says that Tuesday’s game at Stalybridge is huge as the club aims to avoid relegation from the National League North.
Following Saturday’s disappointing defeat at the hands of near neighbours FC Halifax Town, Avenue go into a run of games with a good chance of gaining a healthy chunk of points, according to Rothery.
Tuesday’s trip to Stalybridge comes just days after they dropped to the foot of the National League North, following a 1-0 home reverse at the hands of Darlington on Saturday.
“It’s a massive game,” Rothery said.
“We’ve got Stalybridge on Tuesday then we go to Telford on Saturday before Altrincham the week after, so you’re looking at three very winnable games.
“We should hopefully be able to pick up a few points over the next few weeks, but I think the Telford game is the biggest for us as a group.
“You look at Stalybridge and Altrincham and think they’re probably just too far away to get out of trouble.
“But with the Telford game, if we can get a win there, that will obviously give us a big boost in the table.”
Rothery joined Avenue on a season-long loan deal two weeks ago, making his first start in Saturday’s loss against Halifax, and he thought his new side could have earned a point.
“Obviously we’re disappointed with the result,” the 29-year-old said.
“I thought first half we were the better team and had some nice bits of play and we’re really gutted to lose the game in the way we did.
“We created a few chances and moved the ball quite well at times, especially in the first half, and I thought we were quite comfortable up to around 60 minutes.
“But that goal gives them a bit of momentum then and we kept getting deeper and deeper and we just couldn’t really get out.
“Overall they didn’t really cause us too much trouble and we’re disappointed not to come away with at least a point.
The winger linked up once more with management duo Mark Bower and Danny Boshell, who were in charge at Guiseley for three of Rothery’s six years there, and he says their style is perfect for him.
“It’s going good so far,” Rothery said.
“I’ve settled into the club really well, and it certainly helps that I know quite a few of the lads having played with them before.
“Obviously I know Bowser (Mark Bower) and Bosh (Danny Boshell) and the way they like to play suits me, getting on the ball and trying to pass it and play good stuff.
“You look at the squad we’ve got on paper and it’s a really good squad, and in a lot of positions we’ve got that competition for places.
“That just keeps everybody on their toes and means you’ve got to perform to stay in the team.
“Hopefully now we can push on and pick up the few more wins that we need just to secure safety.”
Rothery has made the switch from relegation rivals Gainsborough Trinity until the end of the season, meaning he is now competing against his parent club to avoid relegation.
“I’ve just seen the results and obviously Gainsborough have dropped into that bottom three, while we’re a point ahead with a game in hand,” he explained.
“You look at our fixture list compared to theirs and I think ours is a lot kinder.
“It is a bit of a strange one for me, but what will be will be.
“I’ve just got to do my best while I’m here at Bradford and see what happens.”