Bradford Park Avenue manager Darren Edmondson says his side will have to step up for two “cup finals” against Corby Town and Worcester City.

Bradford host bottom-placed Corby on Saturday before Worcester visit the Horsfall for the return leg, following last week’s disappointing defeat at Aggborough.

Victory over Corby would all-but relegate the opponents, who haven’t won in 10 games but four away losses on the bounce have left Avenue looking over their shoulders, with BradfordPAthe last relegation place still very much undecided.

“We’ve got two cup finals this week,” Edmondson said.

“It’s not going to make or break our season, but we want to take some points from the two home games.

“If we can do that, we’ll probably guarantee safety.

“We’ll have to have a roll call to see who is available as we are losing players all over the shop, there is a lot of illness in the squad and one or two are carrying muscle injuries.

“We’re missing a number of big players, (Richard) Marshall, (Luke) Dean, (Craig) Kingy, they are three big characters for us not to mention the others we have out.

“It is important for us to make sure we have as many players as possible fit and ready, but we will have to leave it to the last minute.”

In the second of four games in eight days, Avenue fell to a narrow defeat at second-placed Fylde, but Edmondson was happy with how his side applied themselves.

“It all came down to a deflected goal,” the Avenue boss said. “I know there’s a free-kick that hits the post but generally I thought we contained them very well.

“Then you just start to think maybe, we could get something from the game ourselves in the attack, but I can’t fault the players.

“We’re losing players left, right and centre, and one or two played against Fylde when they probably shouldn’t, so from an attitude point of view we’re more than happy.

“We showed a lot of determination and desire to put bodies on the line and run hard for each other.

“But, a deflected shot from 30 yards is a tough way to lose a game, but sometimes when you’re down there, that’s just what happens.

“The wind made it difficult for both sides but, as I say, I thought we did well to contain a very strong attacking Fylde side.

“We did put some good passing moves together, especially in the first half, but again we just maybe lacked that bit of composure around the penalty area.”


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