Brighouse Town have been left without a league game this Saturday owing to Lancaster City’s involvement in the Emirates FA Cup – but they will resume action on Monday when they play host to Prescot Cables (7.45pm).
Manager Paul Quinn and secretary Malcolm Taylor tried to re-arrange for Scarborough Athletic to visit the Dual Seal Stadium, with the outstanding home game from August Bank Holiday Monday on the ground they share with Bridlington being ruled out with a home game for the owners in the NCEL Premier Division.
Quinn said Scarborough were up for the game but he understood the league were not in favour and so Town miss the first of two successive Saturdays as October 3 was a free weekend on the fixture list.
The manager said that Town’s final attack against Witton Albion on Tuesday night in the 4-1 reverse summed up his side’s misfortune.
“In the first 20 minutes we were confident on the ball but they were having all the luck defending and then ‘Sarge’ (Adam Wilson) gifted them a goal opportunity which they took,” he said.
“Their second goal came from sloppy defending after we had some eight or nine chances to score before then – but there was no real quality in the final third.
“We didn’t have the best of preparations owing to travel issues with some players not arriving until after 7pm, but you cannot gift chances at this level.
“In the early stages of the second half we really took the game to them and we had several chances to score before they made it 3-0 with the own goal.
“Once they got that goal they had their tails up.
“We still continued to play, but any luck going just deserted us.
“I had hoped to get at least four points from the Radcliffe and Witton games but in the end had to have had to settle for just the one.
“We go again next Monday when James Pollard could be on the bench, Ben Thornton is available after work robbed him of playing at Witton, although Leon Henry could be another two weeks with his hamstring problem.
Last Friday night at the Dual Seal Stadium over 200 attended the second and now annual James Heffernan Memorial Charity game between Old Top Club and Young Top Club.
His son Luke pulled the young team together and Trevor Moore the old team, and all players gave £5 to play.
On top of this, £600 was raised from an auction for tickets to a Manchester United game and a United shirt, plus James’s widow Jill went round Brighouse’s shopkeepers for raffle prizes for a mammoth draw and over £1,000 will be handed to Overgate Hospice, Elland.
James, who passed away on February 2, 2014, was a popular former local footballer with Brighouse Town and other local teams and this was clearly evident given the turnout and a packed social club afterwards.
His sister Bernadette Heffernan-Garner said they would continue each year with the match and hand the proceeds over to charities working with cancer patients.
She said: “I would like to thank Chris Lister and Tony Lyons of the Brighouse Town club, their committee and all who attended last Friday night to make it such a successful event and, at the same time, remember my lovely brother.”