Backlog of fixtures threatens Town’s promotion challenge

Steve Kittrick.
Steve Kittrick.

The latest postponement of a Brighouse Town game last Saturday means the club face a congested fixture list in their quest to reach the Evo-Stik Division One North play-offs.

All of Town’s outstanding fixtures after postponements have now been arranged by the Evo-Stik League.

Last Saturday’s postponed home game with Droyslden will now be played on Monday, February 15 (7.45pm) and March looks like being a very busy month.

The pre-scheduled fixtures have been enhanced by the additions of Monday, March 14, at home to Kendal Town (7.45pm), Saturday, March 19, away to Ossett Albion (3pm) and then away to Bamber Bridge on Tuesday, March 22 (7.45).

The Radcliffe Borough home game which was abandoned at half-time on December 12 due to a waterlogged pitch, has been fixed for Saturday, January 30 (3pm).

Extra determination therefore that Saturday’s trip to Clitheroe and Monday’s already rearranged game with league leaders Warrington Town on Monday night, go ahead.

For Clitheroe’s player-manager Simon Garner it has been all down hill since the end of November when Farsley Celtic beat his side 5-2 at Shawbridge, before they lost 6-1 the following week at Ossett Albion.

With the weather they only had one league game in December, drawing 0-0 with second-placed Northwich Victoria, and then ahead of last Saturday’s postponed game away to Trafford, they had lost 5-2 at home to Warrington.

On Tuesday evening they were due to travel to Borough Park for an Integro Doodson League Cup game against Workington.

Judging by results this looks an ideal time for Town to visit, but, as manager Paul Quinn points out, he needs fire power to make it count.

Warrington will come to the Dual Seal Stadium on Monday after a top-of-the-table clash on the Saturday at their Cantilever Park ground with Northwich Victoria – who lost their star player, striker Jordan Williams in the January transfer widow to Barrow.

Under manager Shaun Reid, Warrington have not lost in the league since a 3-1 setback at home to Burscough back on October 20.

They won 5-2 at Clitheroe on January 2 and last Saturday won 4-0 at Ossett Town.

At the heart of their defence is Craig Robinson the younger brother of the Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson.

Town met Warrington on October 31 at Cantilever Park and lost a close FA Trophy first- round qualifying game 2-0 and have yet to meet in the league.

Town are expecting a good attendance for this match and in the second half there will be a bucket collection for the 
Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal.

Scarborough Athletic, who Town beat 2-1 on December 28 when the Seasiders were under the caretaker managership of captain Matty Bloor after parting company with Paul Foot and Brian Hughes, have appointed Steve Kittrick as their new manager.

Kittrick, a former director of Super League club Wakefield Trinity, was previously with Guiseley and until earlier this season Telford United.

“I’m a big believer that if the fans want to spend their money following us around, to Bridlington or to Brighouse, then we have to put a smile on their faces,” said Kittrick.

Town’s next meeting with Scarborough is on Tuesday, February 2 at their temporary home of Bridlington Town.