MATCH PREVIEW: Historic fixture resurfaces

Reds go in search of their first league win of the year on Saturday with old adversaries Bradford Park Avenue in town for NPL Premier Division action. 

The fixture was played many times in the Football League until 1970 then revived at non-league level in the mid-nineties. 

And, buoyed by their excellent win at Warrington Rylands last week, Avenue travel to west Cumbria with confidence, knowing that previous Bradford teams have won their last five matches at Borough Park. 

Indeed, Bradford Park Avenue’s overall record against Workington in Football League, Conference North and Northern Premier League competition has produced 28 wins for the Yorkshiremen and just 7 for the Reds.  In addition, the three FA Cup ties between the clubs have all been won by Avenue.

It was with relief, therefore, that Workington recorded an overdue win at the Horsfall Stadium back in September with headed goals from Steven Rigg and Dan Wordsworth helping us to a deserved 2-1 success.

Bradford are in 20th position, ahead of the first encounter at Borough Park for a decade, having obtained 17 points from their 28 matches.  Reds remain on 34 points from the same number of games.

The young Reds’ squad has come of age this week with Aran Fitzpatrick and Sam Hetherington celebrating their 18th birthdays in recent days.  

Kick-off 3pm

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