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Bradford Park Avenue Preview

The CNG Stadium plays host to another Yorkshire Derby on Saturday as Bradford Park Avenue visit in The Emirates FA Cup Third Qualifying Round.



Both sides recorded 3-0 wins a fortnight ago to book their place in this stage of the competition, with BPA impressing at Southport, while Town were seeing off the challenge of Penistone Church.

With the winners of the tie set to receive £7,500 in prize money and a place in the Fourth Qualifying Round, where National League clubs enter the competition, Town will be desperate to avoid a repeat of their only FA Cup meeting with Bradford to date; a 4-0 defeat eight years ago.

Mark Bower’s side have exceeded expectations this year and currently find themselves eighth in the National League North, eight places above where they finished last season.

Saturday’s opponents were on an impressive eight match unbeaten run before a shock defeat at Leamington, and just a second away defeat this season, last weekend ended that run.

Like BPA on the road, Town have been impressive on home turf this season winning five out of seven, while scoring 18 and conceding just four in the process.

Harrogate were on the winning side in both meetings last season as Warren Burrell’s late winner gave his side a 3-2 win at Horsfall Stadium, before a 1-0 win at The CNG Stadium sealed the double, despite the hosts being reduced to nine men.

Town have now lost just one in 15, though will have to keep former players Nicky Clee and Wayne Brooksby quiet, as well as Adam Boyes who has proven to be Bradford’s biggest goal threat with five strikes for the season.

Manager Simon Weaver said: “It’s another derby game and we are aware of how much it means to the supporters to have a good cup run.

“Before last Saturday Bradford were on a very good run in the league and have a settled side filled with a lot of experience.”

Tickets for the tie have been priced at £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for U18’s as we hope for another big crowd at The CNG Stadium.