Quinn prepared for tough clash

Actions from the game, Brighouse Town v Nostell MW at St Giles Road. Pictured is Joe Thornton
Actions from the game, Brighouse Town v Nostell MW at St Giles Road. Pictured is Joe Thornton

Brighouse Town have certainly been banging in the goals of late and they will be looking to do the same this weekend away against Retford United.

The Nottinghamshire-side are third in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division table - one place above Town and manager Paul Quinn knows this will be no easy game.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” admitted Quinn.

“They are a going well and a strong side; it will be a very physical game. However, we are going in on the back of a couple of good performances and the side is full of confidence.

Quinn watched his side beat Long Eaton 3-1 last weekend as they returned to winning ways.

“It’s another much needed three points,”he said.

“I thought we were lethargic in the first half and we didn’t put enough pressure on but, it’s a good result and we can take plenty of positives.

“It’s a shame Long Eaton scored, we wanted a clean sheet, so that is disappointing,” he added.

Joe Thornton is doubtful for Saturday as he has an ankle injury but Adam Field will be back in.

Keeper Jacob Giles will be in pot for another two to three weeks with his broken arm, so it will be at least four weeks minimum before he is back in action.

“Fortunately the initial break is not as bad as we thought it was,” added Quinn.

“In the meantime Richard Roberts is doing a sterling job in goals and really making the most of this opportunity.”

Following Tuesday evening’s 2-1 away win at Worksop Parramore, Tadcaster Albion have gone top with 40 points from 19 games.

Town on 33 points currently have a five game advantage over them and two games over second-placed Thackley (39 points).

Retford are also on 33 points like Town but have a two goal better difference.

However, they have played two games more.

In the other games played on Tuesday night Long Eaton Utd won 2-1 away at Armthorpe Welfare and Basford Utd beat Garforth Town 2-1.

Town’s leading goalscorer, Tom Matthews (18 league and cup), and Daniel Naidole are in a rich vein of goalscoring form, are chasing Heanor Town’s Kieran Debrouwer who has 24 league and cup goals.

With the welcome mid-week break, Quinn took advantage to watch up coming West Riding Cup opponents, Wakefield City take on Ossett Town.

They followed up their 3-2 away win over Salford City last Saturday with a 3-2 win on Tuesday.

Town will be their hosts next Tuesday (7.45), although their manager will not be with them.

David Lines has been banned from all stadia for the next six matches following an altercation at a game against Evo-Stik League First Division North leaders Warrington Town earlier in the month

“Not having their manager with them is a bit of a blow but it can affect their performance in two ways, it is all down to the players and how they react,” said Quinn.

“They either lift their game, which they appear to be doing, or let it get to them and not perform like they do for the manager when present.

“ We will be taking this fixture very seriously as we really want to have a good run in the West Riding Cup.

“Hopefully we will see a bit of better weather leading up to both games. Sometimes when the pitch is a little slicker it can help our game, but of course as soon as it starts to cut up it can hamper your game.

“However, the lads are more than capable of finding a way of winning and if they have to move it forward early so be it. They are more than capable of adapting.”

Quinn and several members of the team and supporters have got together to support Movember-the growing of moustaches for charity.

Anybody who would like to support the manager and the boys in their efforts to raise issues about men’s health go on to the following link http://uk.movember.com/team/1004573