Town’s progress halted by weather

Brighouse Town’s march up the Toolstation NCELPremier Division was halted on Tuesday evening with the postponement of their away game against Lincoln Moorland Railway and it was met with mixed emotions by manager Paul Quinn.

“It’s a shame that the pitch was waterlogged as we wanted to get the game in and hopefully three more points on the board.

“Also with them being so far away it takes a lot more organising to get the team there. It takes a lot of work logistically; it’s a bit of a blow really.

“On the positive side it does give us an extra day of rest as we have had and have got a tough agenda at the moment. It will give us a chance to put in an extra training session in preparation for the game away against Norton Utd on Saturday.

“We intend to kick off our campaign well in the FA Vase at the second round stage and will go there with a full strength side despite having three games in seven days over the coming week.

“It will be a tough game as Norton are going well in the North West Counties League Premier Division, but we are playing well.

“We would be daft not to go there and give it everything. Besides the financial rewards there are for the club, there is also a trip to Wembley at the end of it.

“There will be no tinkering with the side, we do not want to do anything to jeopardise our chances.”

“Norton are sixth in their division having played 16 games like us and have found the net on 42 occasions.”

As well as the league and the FA Vase, Brighouse will next face Bradford outfit Eccleshill United away on Wednesday, December 4 in the next round of the West Riding County Cup.

In the past week the club has said goodbye to striker Antony Brown and defender Tom Brown to NCEL Division One AFC Emley, and midfielder Eli Hay to Liversedge, but for the time being has gained the services of former FCHalifax Town academy goalkeeper Tom Taylor from Ossett Town.

“We always new with the strength and numbers in the squad that we would end up losing some quality players from the Development Squad. Antony, Tom and Eli have all been knocking on the door of the first team but just not had the game time they would like,” continued Quinn.

“At the end of the day they want to play football and you can not blame them for wanting to go and get that game time. It’s the nature of the beast. They leave us with our best wishes and we hope they do well.

“Tom has had a little fall out with Ossett, and whilst teenager Richard Roberts has done a fantastic job for us in the nets, with the busy schedule we have up to Christmas we just needed that bit of experience.

“Regular keeper Jacob Giles had his pot off yesterday (Wednesday) and we know there is no problem with movement but he would be doubtful for Saturday.

“Tom just helps fill that gap. Richard was under no illusions that it would be his role until Jacob returned and we are sure that he will continue to do a great job in the Development Squad and keep pressing for a first team place.”

In the league, Town have now six games in hand over leaders Tadcaster Albion who with their 2-0 home win over Liversedge last Saturday went to 18 games without defeat but they have eight draws. They have 44 points as against Town’s 36.

Thackley with their 1-0 away win at Retford United on Tuesday night went two points behind Tadcaster with three games in hand over them.Other results on Tuesday night were: Basford utd 4 Parkgate 2; Glasshoughton 1 Armthorpe 0 and Barton Old Boys 4, Nostell MW 1.

On Tuesday evening Town entertain Glasshoughton Welfare (7.45) in a game that has had to be re-arranged after the originial one earlier in the season was called off at half time when the floodlights failed. Admission will be free to all for this game but there will be collection buckets for a shared collection between the Phillipines disaster and Overgate Hospice.