IT’S back to Baris NCEL Premier Division action on Saturday for Town as they travel again, this time to Lincoln Moorlands (3pm).
Manager Paul Quinn confirmed yesterday following the 5-0 NCEL League Cup defeat at Pickering Town on Tuesday evening that he was targeting the league campaign which influenced his team selection for the tie.
“I also had to take into consideration a couple of other things, with players unable to get time off work and wanting to look at U19 and reserve team players who have been playing well and pushing for a chance,” said Quinn.
“I thought the scoreline was harsh on us as they were 3-0 up after 18 minutes and it was a case of rabbits in headlights.
“We showed real character throughout and all the lads did well at this level.”
New central midfielder signing from Fields FC, Tom Ackroyd, came off early with an ankle injury but Quinn says he will be a good addition to the squad.
“We have been watching him for a few weeks and are delighted to have got his registration,” he said.
Two experienced players who featured in the tie, Ryan Brook and Tom Brown, picked up injuries. Brook has a thigh strain and Brown a foot injury and the manager said both would be assessed Thursday night.
Saturday’s league game pits ninth-placed Town against a side which is struggling this term and is fourth from bottom.
Moorlands return to St Giles Road the following Saturday and Quinn will be looking at a six-point haul to return to the promotion mix as they head in to Christmas and the New Year period with games away against Liversedge on Boxing Day, at home to Thackley on Monday, January 2 and again back at the Dual Seal Stadium on the Saturday, January 7 against Winterton Rangers.
Town have recently fielded a seven-day notice for Lancaster University student and promising midfielder Danny Hull from Wakefield in the Evo-Stik NPL Division One North.
However, Town officials were yesterday hearing that with changes in the managerial staff he may not want to now join Town’s U-19 coach Simon Wood, who plays for them.
Former Town manager Mark Brier is said to be a firm favourite for the commercial executive position at FC Halifax Town. An announcement is due from the Shay in the next 24 hours.
Town’s reserve team are away on Saturday to Golcar United in the third round of the West Riding County Challenge Cup (1pm).