Brighouse Town’s Development team continue to fight on three fronts.
They have been trying to build momentum all season despite a stop-start scenario being the theme due to spaced out fixtures, or the on-going bad weather calling games off.
This, however, hasn’t affected their form which is in a rich vein so far leaving them in two quarter-finals on their trophy hunt, and with positive results in games in hand they will be well in the race for the title, also.
A theme throughout this year has been loaning players out to mimmick last year’s successful loanees Will Tolley and Matt Stor who went out last term only to find them selves in the first-team fold for the last 10 games.
This year’s loan programme with NCEL Nostell Miners has come to an enforced halt, however, due to various reasons.
Craig Billington and Tom Robinson suffered illnesses that kept them from playing for several months.
The latter is now impressively playing and starting regularly with the Town first team.
Within the last month manager Charlie Tolley has seen a return for Connah Judson who is currently working hard and enjoying his time in the Development set-up.
Will Tolley has been playing every game for Nostell at full-back.
Stor is still with Eccleshill Utd and Elliot Scott is plying his trade with Silsden, whilst having the occasional outing with Town’s development side.
The management team feel this is a valuable set-up where players in between the Brighouse Town FC development and first team sides can go away and pick up valuable first-team experiences over the weekend and then stay involved with the development side as and when required to make sure the coaching staff are monitoring their progress.
There have been a number of success stories last season, as mentioned, with Tolley, Stor and now Robinson this term.
Players to to watch out for in the future are the Development side’s captain fantastic Tim Wallace who may feel like he’s been at the club forever.
Wallace has steadily developed over the last three years from a technically gifted centre half into a determined battling leader.
He has now made a handful of appearances on the first- team bench without getting on, however, this shows the club’s faith in the local boy.
Of the younger generation, Mark Everingham came this year from Guiseley Academy and has been impressing the development staff with his intelligent footballing brain and polished technique.
He has great ability on the ball but also isn’t scared to mix it up with a big tackle or too.
Jake Broadbent, the last ‘One to Watch’ is a young fullback with pace, determination and a cultured left foot.
Broadbent was playing in Brighouse Old Boys’ first team last year at just 16 and impressed during the U18’s FA Youth Cup, so has gained warranted minutes recently.
Talent does sometimes run in the family too as his identical twin Regan Broadbent, also a cricketer at Lightcliffe CC with Jake, is also on the books and is just as good, but is currently in rehabilitation from a bad knee injury earlier this year.
Upcoming fixtures: February 20th v. Huddersfield Amateurs @ Old Earth (Halifax Cup), Feb 22nd v. AFC Emley Development @ Dual Seal (League Cup)- both are quarter finals. Feb 29 v Goole @ Dual Seal (League), Mar 7 v Riasa (East) @ Dual Seal (League), Mar 10 v Silsden @ Silsden (League), Mar 17 v.Harrogate Railway @ Dual Seal (League) and Mar 24 V. AFC Emley @ Dual Seal (League).