Billiington steps up into development role

Brighouse Town Ladies are delighted to announce Craig Billington as their new development team manager following the departure of previous coach Christian Walshe due to work commitments.

Craig, 25, is a current Brighouse Town player and is taking his first steps in to management with Town’s successful ladies set up. He will work closely with manager Rob Mitchell who is delighted with the appointment:

“Craig is a fantastic addition to the coaching team and I’m really looking forward to working with him,” said Mitchell. “He has good ideas but at the same time has bought in to our philosophy, and the fact he has a good knowledge of the club is a huge bonus.

“The role also includes ensuring our continued partnership with the young girls at Brighouse Juniors FC keeps growing and forms a clear pathway for them in to open age football.”

Town will host Leeds Ladies this coming Sunday (2.00) at the Dual Seal Stadium. Entry is free and an ideal chance to go and support the women’s game in the local area.

Pre-season has gone well so far for the ladies and, as well as adding some quality players to the squad, the girls have been working hard to improve ahead of another hopeful promotion charge into the Women’s Premier League.

Last season saw Town finish as runners up to eventual winners Hull City and this season Mitchell wants to go one step further.

“’We know its a difficult league with three or four teams all vying for that one promotion spot but I believe we have the squad and depth capable of achieving success and building on last season,” he said.

“The one thing I’d like to see more of is a bit more support at our home games as these girls are absolutely brilliant.

“We play an attractive brand of football and aim to get the results and secondly entertain. I think the two go hand in hand and with a little bit support these girls can go all the way.

“Two or three more signings are expected in the coming weeks to help top up the development team.”

Jordan Porter, who is now trialling with FC Halifax Town for a Conference Premier contract, has been providing valuable assistance with the club’s goalkeepers.”