Bradford Park Avenue midfielder Jamie Spencer says it will be yet another big test for his side as they host York City on Saturday.

Recently-relegated York are one of the division’s full-time teams, and the club are expecting a four-figure crowd at the Horsfall Stadium for the Yorkshire derby.

“It’s another really tough test for us,” Spencer said.

“They’ve just been relegated so they’re obviously going to be strong, but we’re expecting a big crowd and a good atmosphere so it is a good game for us to have.

“We can use what we did against Bradford City in pre-season to our advantage, they came with big players and a big following and we beat them, so hopefully we can do the same again.

“And it’s one personally as a player that I’m really looking forward to.

“Against a team like York you can probably get the ball down and play a lot more than you can against most teams in this league.

“Hopefully we can get amongst them, see a lot of the ball and have a good start again and see where we go.

“For us now it’s just about making sure we take advantage and score when we’re on top.

“Hopefully on Saturday we can play our game and get back to winning ways.”

After coming off the bench in last weekend’s late win at Tamworth, Spencer notched his first start of the season in Monday’s defeat to Southport, and said it was a real contrast of emotions between the two games.

“It’s frustrating really,” the young midfielder said.

“We’ve witnessed both sides of it now, what a buzz Saturday was compared to Monday where it’s a sickener.

“It’s just how it goes sometimes, but a point would have been nice having gone down to 10 men.

“And it’s just one of those decisions where it shouldn’t be a red card but you can’t really do that any more.

“First 25 minutes or so I thought we were outstanding, and then it’s a poor goal to concede that sets us back.

“But now we’ve just got to pick ourselves up and go again and get a good result against York on Saturday.”

The 19-year-old, who started twice in a loan spell at Avenue last season before making the move permanent in the summer, is certainly enjoying his football at the Horsfall.

“I thought I did alright on Monday,” Spencer said.

“There’s parts I should have done better of course and I’m always looking to those so I can improve my game.

“But it’s a good feeling to get my first start of the season and hopefully I can kick on from here.

“Obviously I’ve played in pre-season and done alright for the team, then I was happy to come on at Tamworth and I thought I did well.

“On Monday I was buzzing to start, then it’s all about the team when I’ve been taken off.

“You obviously want to play every minute of every game but you’ve got to put the team first.

“And I think all the lads feel like that, and hopefully we can work well as a team and do well this season.”

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