Following two Saturday postponements for this fixture, the Blues will now visit the Horsfall Stadium, under the lights, tonight.
This away game at Bradford (Park Avenue) was originally scheduled for the 9th, but fell to the weather. The same thing happened once again on Saturday – meaning this Tuesday night game is ‘take three’.
Chester will be looking to build on their perfect start to 2021. Home wins against AFC Telford and Guiseley have yielded four goals and two clean sheets to start the New Year – moving Bern and Jonno’s men up to 2nd in the National League North table in the process.
The victory against Guiseley was perhaps a different kind of significant. A goal to the good, the Blues were reduced to ten men after Simon Grand was incorrectly sent off by the Referee.
Nevertheless, led by 19-year-old loanee Connor Taylor at the heart of defence – they were resolute in defence to pick up a gutsy three points.
As expected, Grand’s red card was overturned on appeal. Kevin Roberts got the goal, his first of the season, and could be in line to make his 50th appearance for the reformed club at BPA.
Bradford sit 15th, and played their last game last Tuesday – drawing 1-1 with promotion hopefuls Boston. Their form on their own patch is good, as the game before that saw them defeat big spending York City 4-2 – and they have beaten the Blues in the last two seasons at home.
The two sides have already met once this season. Last month at the Deva, Chester were victorious 3-1 in the FA Trophy. George Waring, Anthony Dudley and Will Goodwin were on the scoresheet – while BPA bagged a late consolation through Lewis Knight. Knight has six goals in his last six league appearances.
Kick off on Tuesday 19th January is 7.45pm at the Horsfall Stadium.