BRIGHOUSE Town manager Paul Quinn is confident of fielding a full strength side for Saturday’s massive FA Vase fourth round tie at Newport (IOW).
Quinn took his charges for a session on Tuesday night on a lightly snow covered training ground and apart from a slight worry over James Hurtley announced that everybody was fit and raring to go.
The fact that he will have the majority of his senior players availabale will come as a relief to Quinn who watched from the sidelines as his side fought out a last-ditch 2-1 home win over Parkgate last weekend after being sent off by the referee after questioning a decision.
“Our physio Sam Dean gave all apart from James (hamstring) a clean bill of health,” said Quinn.
He is taking an 18-man squad south on Friday via Burton-on-Trent for what is easily the biggest game in the club’s history on Saturday (3.00).
“We will put the final touches to our preparations at the St George’s Centre, which is a real bonus,” added Quinn.
“Our chairman Ray McLaughlin is in touch with the people at Newport daily and they are pretty confident the pitch will be okay, for this is the headache as its been such a logistics task to make sure we are spot on.”
The manager’s father Gerry Quinn, the former Emley manager in the halcyon days of the late 80s and 90s, went down by train last weekend to Southampton ready to cross to the island only to be told Newport’s game was off for waterlogging.
“He made the best of it by catching a train back to Oxford for starters and having a look around the city,” said Quinn..
Quinn was last night appearing on BBC Radio Leeds and the club is hoping that ITV Calendar or BBC Look North will be featuring them.