Promising start for town

Brighouse v FC Halifax Town. Sam Walker
Brighouse v FC Halifax Town. Sam Walker

Brighouse Town go into Saturday’s pre-season friendly with Guiseley (2.00) on the back of a good victory over Eccleshill United and a lively first-half performance against FC Halifax Town, despite having a player sent off.

The early kick-off for Saturday’s game is at the request of the Vanarama National Premier Division newcomers, who lost their opening pre-season friendly 3-1 at home to Huddersfield Town.

Against Eccleshill last Friday evening, Brighouse used 21 players with newcomer Tom Robinson netting twice in the 7-1 win against the NCEL Division One side. Right-sided midfielder Robinson was invited to join Town after impressing for Stump Cross in the Albert Crabtree Halifax FA League Saturday semi-final.

Impressive new recruit Steve Hollingworth and captain Leon Henry also scored goals ahead of half-time, and in the second half, Ernest Boafa bagged a brace – one from the penalty spot.

New signing Danny Facey, who was ill for Tuesday’s 5-0 defeat against Halifax, scored the other before the Bradford side scored a late consolation goal.

Youngsters Israel Johnson and fellow wide player Ash Scully, signed for the Development side from Highroad Well-based club Brown Cow, also impressed.

Two goalkeepers were used in Paul Hagreen and ex-Field stopper Tom Metcalfe, a similar policy adopted in the Halifax game.

Like Facey, former Bradford City and Scarborough left-back Louis Horne missed Tuesday’s game in front of 671 spectators through work but will be available on Saturday along with experienced centre-back Sam Hewitt, who has missed both games due to being on holiday, which was also the case for promising young full-back Matt Stor.

Johnson picked up a knee injury and will be assessed by physio Matt Schofield at tonight’s training.

Guiseley, besides bringing their away support from Nethermoor, will have local support for their Player of the Year defender and Vanarama Conference North Team of the Year selection Mark Lawlor, who lives in Brighouse and was a popular local player before stepping up.

Town manager Paul Quinn had to miss the Halifax fixture owing to work commitments.

The Dual Seal stadium looked a picture in the evening sunlight on Tuesday and was a credit to the hard work put in by the Town committee over the close season.

Commercial manager Andy Stewart revealed he had signed a major groundside board deal by the dugouts with Echo Sport sponsors MAC Financial from Bridge End, Brighouse, and had another 12 boards to be placed in the next two weeks besides working on the Nigel Wilson stand frontage ahead of the commencement of the season.

The fixtures for the Evo-Stik NPL divisions are due out on Friday.

Stewart, who sold 20 blue and yellow away scarves to the former The Ship landlady Marsha Jones – an avid Norwich City fan who has now left Brighouse for Halifax – also revealed he was working on updating the floodlights.

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