Big changes for Town

Daniel Facey for Town.
Daniel Facey for Town.

BRIGHOUSE Town supporters can expect wholesale changes to the line up for Boxing Day’s away game with in-form Ossett Albion (3pm) after last Saturday’s second-half debacle with struggling Witton Albion.

The players for their visit to Queens Terrace on Saturday were informed this was on the cards after Tuesday night’s training session at the Leeds Road Playing Fields, Huddersfield.

From looking all over a play-off team with the 2-1 away win at Mossley two weeks earlier, Town looked, especially in the second half with Witton, a side bereft of ideas, short of confidence and unable to defend their goal.

Assistant manager Mark Booth commented that if they played as badly at Ossett then they were in for a similar or even worse result as player-manager Richard Tracey’s side is flying with only one defeat since the first week of November across 10 league and cup games.

“They had a 3-1 away win at Harrogate Railway last Saturday and their prolific scorer Rob Bordman bagged a brace,” added Booth.

“Out of the 22 Evo-Stik Division One North league games they have played against our 19, they have won seven at home, drawn two and only lost one, while also winning six away from home and amassing 41 points to go third behind leaders Northwich Victoria and second-placed Warrington Town.

“With last Saturday’s setback we are 10 points behind and must make use of the three games in hand on them, beginning on Saturday.”

Booth had no injuries to report at Tuesday’s session apart from long-term casualties Dan Illingworth and Steven Hollingworth, who will be back in contention in January.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Town, expecting their biggest gate of the season so far, play host to Scarborough Athletic (3pm) who are not exactly enjoying the best of seasons compared to their past four under previous manager Rudi Funk and current partnership Paul Foot and Bryan Hughes.

The Seasiders have slumped to 19th in the table, just five places from propping up all 22 after their latest de

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feat at Droylsden last Saturday when they lost 4-2. Their management team have brought in a keeper, Pat Weaver on loan from Scunthorpe Utd and two players from Bradford City, defender Kesi Omolokun and midfielder Sam Wright.

Their leading goalscorer in five of the last eight seasons, Ryan Blott, is currently playing second fiddle to Tom Corner who has netted seven times ahead of their home game with Spennymoor Town on Saturday.

Booth added that it would be a case of utilising the whole squad for the two games in 48 hours and weighing up performances against Ossett.

“We do have some real quality in the squad and this is what made it so frustrating last Saturday, and we, as a developing non-league club, also have many more waiting in the wings for their chance from what is a good development squad under Charlie Tolley and Simon Ward.

“On reflection we did miss the professionalism of `Fish’ (Chris Fisher) against Witton and he will be back in contention Saturday and he certainly leads by example from the back and encourages those in front of him.”