Bradford (Park Avenue) may be struggling at the wrong end of the table at the moment – but ambitious owner Gareth Roberts still hopes a return to the Football League could be possible in the future.

Off-field improvements remain a priority at Horsfall but the Avenue chief also said there is a hope playing budgets are to increase over the coming seasons.

Former Bradford City winger Garry Thompson was sacked as manager after just two games – heavy 5-0 defeats to both Curzon Ashton and Guiseley – and was replaced by Marcus Law as interim boss.

Law is still in the early process of stamping his imprint on the team, who have just one point from their opening five games in the Vanarama National League North.

But Roberts believes Avenue – who host the only club below them, Blyth Spartans, tomorrow before a trip to Darlington on Bank Holiday Monday – can ride the early storm and still has ambitious plans for the club.

He said: “We are trying to build for the future and the hope is we can get by this year with a modest budget and keep our deficit to a minimum.

“But we hope, over the next two or three years to be able to increase our playing budget, to become very competitive.”

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