Bradford (Park Avenue) manager Mark Bower is pleased that he now select a number of first-team regulars to help fight for league survival, despite going out of the Buildbase FA Trophy to the hands of Halesowen.

Avenue, who were forced into selecting a side full of under 23s due to a number of players being cup tied, suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first round replay to the lower league opposition at The Grove.

Bradford sit at the bottom of the Vanarama National League North but did manage to pick up their first victory in seven against Altrincham in their last league outing.

Although, disappointed still lingers for Bower after the defeat, he is glad that his team can now fully focus on the tough task of escaping relegation.

He said: “Obviously we would have liked to go as far as possible in it with the money useful for a club like ours but our one priority is to stay up and our full focus on that.

“It has been a distraction in we have lost a bit of momentum having to make so many changes but we now won’t have to worry about not being able to play people like we have done for these cup games.”

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