League remains the chief focus for Old Boys, insists Farrand

Kim Farrand, Brighouse Old Boys' head coach.
Kim Farrand, Brighouse Old Boys' head coach.

IT might be the Christmas holiday period but Brighouse Old Boys manager Kim Farrand is keen to keep the consistency going, as his side pushes for a top-six finish in West Yorkshire League Premier.

“We are on a good run at the moment, and so as we head in to a bit of a cup run I will be bringing the players in mid-week for training,” said Farrand. “We never planned at the beginning of the season to do so well in the cups, the league has always been our main focus. However, we are playing well despite injuries hitting us.

“It always happens at this time of the season but fortunately I have a good second team to call on. We have just lost Liam Curtis for three months as he needs a knee operation and, of course, we are affected by work commitments, so to have the level of consistency in the side is good.

“We are fortunate that we have a bigger, stronger squad to work with but we will need some cover for the left side of midfield with Liam out and so we are looking to hopefully sign someone in January.

“The second team when called on have stepped up to the mark. Andy Burton will always recommend someone to me and although it is a big jump up for them, they have been more than capable.

“Doing the double over Knaresborough has been a major confidence boost around the camp and three vital points in our campaign.

“The team that they put out ahead of Christmas was very strong and they probably felt they deserved to get something out of it as they scored first and made life difficult.”

“Compared to the first time we played them this season, they had made nine changes to their team. The manager had left and some of the old players had come back and it stood out a mile.”

Old Boys were due to play in the West Riding Cup on January 2 but that has now been switched to Old Centurions in the League Cup, with the West Riding Cup the week after followed by Halifax Irish in the quarter-finals of the Albert Crabtree Halifax and District League Challenge Cup.

“We will just take each game as it comes,” added Farrand. “Of course a great cup run does wonders for any side but we really do need to ensure that our main focus is the league. With so many extra games, plus injuries I have had to call on my assistant Damian Place a few times to pull on his boots. He has been good for us as his professional experience shines through and he has been able to steady the ship when called upon.

“We are looking to finish the mid-to-top-end of the table and if the lads keep on performing the way they are, then I see no reason why we can’t.

“We just need to keep plugging away.”