Garry Thompson is relishing the prospect of a derby for his first official home game in charge of Bradford (Park Avenue).
The player-manager will hope to dispel the demons of his side’s opening 5-0 drubbing at Curzon Ashton, when Guiseley come to.town this evening.
Avenue have undergone a summer refurb and looked to be making progress with solid performances in their final friendlies against Bradford City and Huddersfield.
While Guiseley got off to a flier in a 3-0 win at home to Kings Lynn, Bradford’s weekend humbling will have shown Thompson the harsh reality of life in the Vanarama National League North.
But, the former Bantams “History Maker” will be looking to channel his derby day experience as a player.
Thompson said: “I’ve played in big derbies before as a player, and I always got told and what I always say to players, is just don’t let emotions get the better of you in these occasions.
“It’s about keeping a level head and playing how we want to play. We’ll be up for it, it’s a local derby, they’re the games you want.”