Farand has concerns at fixture backlog for Old Boys

Brighouse Old Boys’ West Riding County FA cup tie with Alwoodley fell foul of the weather last Saturday following a 10am inspection.

Club officials were of the mindset that the tie would be played this Saturday but district cups take preference and they are now due to travel to Sowerby Bridge (1.45pm) to play a second round Halifax Challenge Cup tie with a team mid-table in Division one of the Halifax League.

Club official Rob Moore knowing the Sowerby Bridge pitch runs alongside the river Calder has offered them the opportunity to switch the tie and even if Town’s quality pitch at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Sports Centre is not fit then they could play on the neighbouring 3G pitch to get the game out of the way.

Old Boys manager Kim Farand welcomed the break from the league to give players carrying knocks a rest but now, with postponements, he is worried there could be a backlog.

Three key players, Lee Williams (knee), Regan Broadbent (shin) and Luke Johnson (ankle) have been causing Farand concern.

The reserves had no fixture last weekend but this Saturday they are due to travel to Alliance Division One league leaders Oxenhope Reserves (2.00pm) who have played 11 and won 11.

However, Town’s side has improved their position in the table over the last few weeks under player-coach Andy Burton and will be going all out to put a dent in the Oxenhope run.