As the festive season approaches, Brighouse Old Boys play their last game this Saturday before returning on January 2 for a West Riding County Cup last 16 tie against Altofts or Lower Hopton.
Manager Kim Farrand says the boys have had a good cup run so far, winning their last three games on the trot, although two of them were via penalty shoot-outs
Old Boys travel to play Knaresborough, who are bottom of the West Yorkshire League Premier Division, on Saturday (2.30pm).
It is a chance to clinch their first double of the season after a 4-2 win at home in October.
“I am under no illusions that it will be a tough game as they are fighting for survival and have only been losing recent games by the odd goal,” said Farrand.
“They are a young side and word is that they have really started to battle in order to gain vital points. It will be a tough game.
“I am happy with the way things are going at present and I am building a strong squad, even accounting for lads with work commitments.
“We now have more strength in depth and there are still a couple of new players to come to us early next year.
“We also have two players who look like being available again in January, midfielder Tom Gorringe, who damaged a knee early in the season and was then busy at work, while left-back Luke Johnson damaged ankle ligaments and has been out for six weeks. He is now looking to resume training in January.
“We are also blessed with some very young players aged 16-20, who are now playing well and pushing for a first-team start.
“Andy Burton, the reserve team manager, is doing a great job. My assistant Damian Place is getting more confident in his new role even though he still likes to get his boots on!
“We are still building for the near future with the younger lads too, and the great efforts of our backroom staff, Phil Garbe, Chris Wadsworth, Rob Moore and Julian Prior, are much appreciated. Without them we wouldn’t function.
Farrand was keen to point out the team’s appreciation for Helen at the Old Pond public house, the club’s HQ, for after-match hospitality.
The club’s second team resumes on January 2. Rob Langley, who suffered a hairline fracture of the lower shin late in November, will not make that date but is aiming for a mid-January return.
Any local player is invited to train with the Old Boys on the 3G pitch at Lightcliffe Academy on Thursdays.
A joint fundraiser was held by the Old Boys and Sunday League side Old Pond at the pub last Saturday. The race night raised £200 for each of them.