The Eagles face Bradford City in a pre-season friendly tomorrow night, but the game has an added level of importance after The Bantams announced they will be bringing several first team players, and First Team manager Stuart McCall will be in the dugout.
Eccleshill go into the game off the back of a narrow 4-3 home defeat to Farsley Celtic, but their performance brought about many positives which they will want to focus on if they are to get a good result from the Bradford City game.
The Bantams travelled to Germany for their previous pre-season game, where they ran out convincing 4-1 winners against TV Echterdingen. Stuart McCall’s side will want to keep the winning momentum going, so Eccleshill will have their task cut out for them.
This will mark the third game in Eccleshill’s pre-season campaign, they have lost the first two, but the squad and manager were much happier with the performance in the last outing, than the first game which ended in a heavy 6-1 defeat to Shaw Lane.
Many members of The Eagles squad are looking forward to testing themselves against professional opposition, none more so than skipper Sam Bradley; “Myself personally I really want to impress. Everybody needs to work hard together to get a decent result, they’re bringing a strong squad so that can only be good for us in the long run.”
The game was initially planned to be against a Select XI, but the League One side announced last week that they would field a stronger side including first team players. The game has been generating a lot of hype on social media, and a large crowd is expected so we advise people get there early to avoid the rush.
Eagles gaffer Sean Regan is also looking forward to the test on Wednesday night; "I always look forward to a test and this one is a massive test. No disrespect, Bradford City are Bradford City they are a top professional club but at the end of the day we will just go and do what we do and be progressive as we have been since Monday night.”
The game promises to be an exciting spectacle for both sets of fans and players alike, and Eccleshill United looks forward to welcoming The Bantams to the Mitton Group Stadium.