QUINN: town must do better

Paul Quinn
Paul Quinn

BRIGHOUSE TOWN manager Paul Quinn is looking for consistency from his players – starting with Saturday’s home game with Droylsden (3pm).

Commenting on the back of last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Lancaster, Quinn said: “We have 21 games left and we need to get on a winning streak and start putting together back-to-back wins.

“We have a good points tally from our first 21 and it could, as we all know, have been better but we are only four points outside of a play-off place and have games in hand on the majority of clubs above us and below us.

“Hopefully, January and February will see us mount a serious claim with performances we know we are capable of.”

Quinn was hit with two injury concerns in the game at the Giant Axe.

Tom Haigh had to be helped off in the first half and could be out for four to six weeks.

That is also the prognosis for experienced striker Mark Bett, who suffered the same injury just 13 minutes after coming on for Haigh.

Proven striker Daniel Facey, who has struggled with a knee injury since the shock 5-1 home setback against Witton Albion on December 19, travelled with the team to Lancaster and spent 30 minutes working with physio Matthew Schofield on the pitch ahead of the game.

“I was informed that Daniel would be another two weeks, so we are probably looking at either Saturday week’s away game at Clitheroe or the Monday night home game with Warrington Town,” added the manager.

Close-season signings Danny Illingworth and Steve Hollingworth – neither of who have played since the Harrogate Railway away game on October 24 because of injury – are getting closer to a return but will still lack vital match fitness.

Irish-born midfielder Tommy Cooney, whose last game for the club was against Northwich Victoria on November 21, when he picked up an injury, has left the club and headed to Edgeley Park to take up a trials invitation with former Football League club Stockport County now playing in the Vanarama National League North.

The manager, in response to the player’s choice, said he wished Cooney wall the best, but stressed that he needed players who were fully committed to the Brighouse Town cause.

Former Rastrick Junior and Town Development player Will Tolley, who can play left back or up front, is currently out on loan at Nostell MW and was a goalscorer on Saturday in their 4-0 win over Maltby in a Toolstation NCEL Premier Division game.

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loan at Eccleshill United and Quinn is also looking to get centre defender Tim Wallace and striker Connor Judson some first team experience out on loan. That could also be the scenario for wide player Tom Robinson who was signed in the summer from Halifax club Stump Cross United but after his pre-season work and two games, one as a substitute with the first team and a couple of Development games, he was struck down by illness which deprived him of energy. He has made a full recovery but he now needs game time under his belt to attain match fitness.

Droylsden come to the Dual Seal stadium on the back of a 1-1 derby draw last Saturday at Trafford, who could have taken all three points but they missed a penalty in the 90th minute.

Ahead of that game The Bloods had not played for three weeks owing to waterlogged grounds and manager Dave Pace, brother of chairman Bryan, sees his side 16th with 25 points from 23 games.

Town are seven places higher in ninth and have played two fewer games.

Northwich Victoria with a 3-0 away win at Scarborough last Saturday remain top with 55 points from 20 games and Warrington Town (55 points) are second on goal difference but have played three fewer games. Glossop NE and Ossett Albion are in third and fourth place respectively both on 44 points and Burscough take the all important 5th spot right now with 38 points from 19 games.;