Brighouse Town v Lancaster City: Town back in the thick of it

Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn
Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn

AFTER having the last two weekends off, Brighouse Town will certainly know they are back in business when a four-game spell in nine days kicks off with a visit from Lancaster City on Saturday (3pm).

The following Tuesday will see them head to Durham and a date with Spennymoor Town then, on the following Saturday, they will entertain high-flying Glossop North End.

On Monday, October 19 they will see a quick return fixture with Farsley Celtic who they beat 1-0 at Throstle Nest in late August.

Lancaster head to the Dual Stadium under new manager Phil Brown after they parted company with Darren Peacock and Trevor Sinclair some 10 days ago.

Brown, a former player with the club and an assistant manager to former Blackpool goalkeeper Tony Hesketh, is now head of football at Myerscough College between Lancaster and Preston.

In his side he has former Town player Shaquille Antoine-Clarke, who is equally at home in midfield or as a defender as well as two players on loan from Vanarama National Conference North AFC Fylde, namely defender Jacob Gregory and midfielder Cory Bent.

Lancaster have only won two of their 11 league games so far and last night (Wednesday) they were replaying their FA Trophy Preliminary Round tie at Northwich Victoria after drawing 1-1 at the Giant Axe on Saturday.

Town, currently in seventh place and looking to move into the play-off positions on Saturday, will have skipper Leon Henry back in the selection frame after he came through 90 minutes of action on Saturday for the Development side against Ovenden WR.

It follows his struggle with a hamstring injurt that saw him sidelined for three games.

Central defender Dan Illingworth misses out due to being suspended for one game following a sending off last month, but Sam Hewitt is back in contention after missing the Prescot Cables win and also available after an ankle injury is Tom Haigh.

One player who won’t be available is wide man Tom Robinson, who has returned from a loan spell with Nostell Priory suffering from a virus that manager Paul Quinn says will keep him out for a few weeks.

Rangy striker Craig Billngton was back from Nostell on Saturday to play in the Development side alongside Israel Johnson, who is fit again after an Achilles problem and there to watch them and the whole team was manager Quinn who is delighted with the work that their manager Charlie Tolley, assistant manager Barry Thomas and coach Simon Ward are doing.

Quinn’s assistant Mark Booth took in the Witton Albion v Ossett Albion game to check on a player and coach Rob Wilson went to watch who would be Town’s first round opponents in the FA Trophy when Ossett Town entertained Warrington Town.

The Cheshire outfit won 2-1 and Town are opening up the team coach on Saturday, October 31, when they travel to Warrington.

Bookings can be made on Saturday at the club shop desk run by Ellis Aked.

Town’s CEO Chris Lister confirmed earlier this week that the club will be participating in National Non-League Day on Saturday when professional clubs’ supporters are encouraged to go along and back their local clubs.

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Owing to the international break both Leeds United and Huddersfield Town are without fixtures and their supporters and any others for that matter can show their season tickets or a home match programme from this season and gain admission for £5 and concessions are £3.

“If any Halifax and Huddersfield RL fans also want to come and look at us now their seasons are over, the same applies to them,” added Lister.

Tuesday night’s opponents Spennymoor Town were also in FA Trophy replay action on Tuesday night when they played Glossop North End and this Saturday Jason Ainsley’s boys are away at Farsley Celtic who are struggling in the league but beat Prescot Cables 4-0 in their FA Trophy Preliminary Round tie last Saturday.

Quinn says this month of October is an important one after the breather and he wants a positive approach from everyone to see the club progress after what has been a good start to the 2015-16 season.