Workington Reds will be looking to get back to winning ways at Borough Park tomorrow after only one win in their last 13 games.
That run looks dismal until taking into account that points were gained in nine of those fixtures as they ended in draws.
In fact the last three games at home have finished all square and in two of them the Reds held a two goal lead.
The only win in this sequence was an outstanding 4-1 home win over Ilkeston on December 23.
Tomorrow’s visitors Bradford PA are fighting for their NPL Premier Division lives – currently third bottom (with bottom club Marske reduced to 0 and not playing the rest of their fixtures).
Bradford have 17 points – 17 behind the Reds – but last Saturday scored a fine 3-2 win at Warrington Rylands which cost them second place in the table.
They had also beaten Macclesfield 4-3 earlier in the season so are very capable of pulling off shock wins.
They introduced two loan signings at Warrington. Barnsley goalkeeper Kieran Favell made his debut and Jake Daniels, a Blackpool striker came on for the last 20 minutes.
Daniels joined the Blackpool Academy at the age of seven and featured regularly for the youth team in the 2021/22 campaign.
Rewarded with a professional contract in February 2022, he scored 30 goals during the season, won the Youth Team’s Player of the Season award and made his first-team debut against Peterborough United.
He also enjoyed a productive loan spell with Bamber Bridge at the end of the 2021/22 season.
Favell has been with the Barnsley academy since the age of eight, progressing through the age groups before signing as a first-year scholar in July 2020.
The agile goalkeeper has represented England at youth level, and also featured amongst the substitutes for Barnsley’s u23s during the 19/20 Professional Development League campaign.
Flavell has also figured eight times on the bench for Barnsley’s first team as substitute goalkeeper, six of which were this season.
Two serious knee injuries have hampered the 20-year-old’s playing time over the last few seasons, but Flavell is back fit and ready to show the form that previously caught the attention of England’s youth teams.
Reds boss Danny Grainger is looking for a big finish to the season from his side and with injuries gradually easing won’t be far off selecting from a full squad.