Town’s reserves boss steps down

Coaches Rick Addy and Mark Booth with players ahead of pre-season training
Coaches Rick Addy and Mark Booth with players ahead of pre-season training

BRIGHOUSE town’s reserve team manager Rick Addy has resigned.

Long serving Addy, 46, who will stay on and assist with the U-19 team gave his reasons as a promotion at his work near Wakefield.

Vice-chairman Ray Mclaughlin told Echo Sport yesterday that with the job change, Addy did not have the time to commit to the team and also give the backing he wants and is required to first team manager Mick Couzens.

“We appreciate his circumstances but are just delighted he is staying with us,” said McLaughlin.

Addy, a former tenacious and skilfull left-sided midfield player for Brighouse Town, Liversedge and Ossett Albion, came back to Town on the management front from Halifax Irish.

“For last night’s first pre-season friendly for the West Riding CAL Premier League side at Heckmondwike Town, former player and manager Tony Lyons, who is still on the committee, stood in alongside caretaker manager Daz Laycock,” said McLaughlin.

“We will convene as a committee and with manager Mick Couzens and see where we go later in the week.”

Addy joined U-19 coach Simon Wood last week for the first of the U-19 team trials.

The general feeling in the club is that they have once again recruited another excellent crop of players to join those left in the squad still eligible that played so well last term.

Former Rastrick Junior FC player and Castlefields golfer Will Tolley, son of the Rastrick club’s chairman Charlie Tolley, was involved in the trials and will also assist with the coaching of Brighouse Town’s U-16 side.

After last night’s pre-season friendly at Silsden, Town entertain Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday (3pm).

It sees the return of Nick Boshell, who was a crowd favourite at the Dual Seal Stadium while he was there last term.

Pevious manager Mark Brier just could not hang on to him once the Evo-Stik Premier League club had put in a seven-day notice for him and the personal terms he was being offered.

Couzens is delighted to be entertaining his old club and hopes that a substantial three-figure crowd will turn out and support the game.

Next Monday night (7.45pm) Town travel down the A19 to Askern, near Doncaster, to take on NCEL Division One club Askern Villa.

It is their last friendly ahead of entertaining Chestefield district side Staveley on Saturday week, who they met in their first two seasons in the NCEL under Brier.

He will know then on August 6 how his new-look side has shaped up in the friendlies before beginning the league and cup programme in earnest.