Town youth look for Cup progress

Brighouse Town v Arnold Town.'Leon Henry for Brighouse.
Brighouse Town v Arnold Town.'Leon Henry for Brighouse.

BRIGHOUSE Town’s U-18 team take centre stage tonight (Thursday, 7.30) when they entertain Hall Road Rangers in the second qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup.

Last season Simon Wood’s side made it through to the first round proper and ended up with a trip to Kidderminster Harriers.

Not enjoying the best of times so far in the league with their new-look squad, they will be bolstered tonight with several players who have been gaining experience in the club’s development side, Brighouse Town Reserves.

Their Galaxy NCWL Lancashire East League game with Hyde Res has been postponed as a result.

With Town’s first team at home on Saturday to Maltby Main (3.00), Town reserves will now play their Albert Crabtree Halifax and District League Cup first round tie with Volunteer Arms from Copley on Wednesday, October 24 (7.00).

Home games have been very lean for Town’s first team of late and they will be hoping to cash in with a comprehensive victory over the South Yorkshire side on Saturday.

Maltby Main have only won three of their 13 games so far in the Baris NCEL Premier Division, but manager Paul Quinn will warn against any complacency after the impressive 5-2 away win in the FA Vase last Saturday at Hall Road Rangers.

Town are back in Hull on Saturday week to take on Hall Road again in the league before beginning a busy November with seven games, but at least four of them will be at home.

One away game on November 17 is the second round of the FA Vase away to last season’s semi-finalists Staveley MW who will be stern opposition.

However, that is in the distance and it is the bread and butter of league football which interests Quinn and his staff in the interim.

Fourth-placed Town have a game in hand over leaders Bridlington Town who are seven points clear.

They also have one in hand on Scarborough Athletic who are four points ahead in second place and three games in hand over third-placed Worksop Parramore who, like Scarborough, are on 33 points.

Back in consideration for Saturday after being unavailable last weekend are defenders Ben Charlesworth and Ben Thornton, while skiful wide player Leon Henry is fit again after being out three weeks with an ankle injury and Danny Naidole could make it after a thigh problem.

Also in Saturday’s squad is former Bradford Park Avenue striker Craig Thompson who director of football Barry Thomas brought to the club.