Brighouse Town’s new coach David Thompson and assistant coaches Barry Thomas and Simon Ward welcomed players back to pre-season training in the rain on Tuesday evening as news of another pre-season friendly filtered through.
Holidays and work commitments cut the playing staff to 20 with eight missing, but manager Paul Quinn said that was to be expected at this time of the year. Club physio Matthew Schofield was also present to check out the players after their two month lay-off.
“The players have a lot to do before our first game on Saturday week against Halifax with regards their fitness levels, but they have all been doing things on their own,” said Quinn.
“We will be continuing with our Tuesday and Thursday sessions but also having a couple of workouts in a specialist gym on Leeds Road, Huddersfield, on a couple of Saturdays.
“I have over the past couple of days arranged another pre-season friendly away to Buxton United on Friday, July 15 via my old schoolmaster Tony Tomlinson, the vice-chairman there. The arrangement is that we will go to them this year and they will come to us next summer.”
That now makes for six games for Town’s first-team squad with Harrogate Railway Athletic following the Buxton game on July 19 at the Dual Seal Stadium, then AFC Emley away on the 26th followed by Campion at home on July 30 and Albion Sports, also at home, on August 1.
Although there was an unnamed triallist in training from Farsley Celtic, the manager says he also has another two or three not quite over the line yet.
“We are still talking and also looking at other potential recruits. One thing for sure is that we will have a competitive squad once more at the end of it all,” he added.
Quinn, who should have more of an idea of his 2016-17 budget after the July 7 AGM, confirmed that right winger Ryan Hall had definitely signed for National North side Curzon Ashton, which had been revealed in Echo Sport three weeks ago, but he was hopeful of having him back on dual registration when not required by the Greater Ma nchester club.
Leeds district club Farsley Celtic have had a takeover and Town will be coming up against quite a few players from higher leagues judging by their two first major signings. Back on board at Throstle Nest after helping them rise to
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the Conference some 10 years ago is striker James Walshaw who in the meantime has been with Halifax Town, Guiseley and Shaw Lane Aquaforce. Joining him from Bradford Park Avenue is another striker Richard Marshall.
Former Huddersfield Town and Halifax Town midfielder Danny Schofield has left Park Avenue for Mickleover Sports who play in the Evo-Stik Premier Division South.
Town’s new opponents this coming season, relegated Colwyn Bay, have signed Witton Albion winger Danny Andrews for a four-figure fee, described by them as a `real statement of intent’.
Maintenance work continues apace at the Dual Seal Stadium under Ellis Aked but he told Echo Sport he does need more help from committee members and supporters.
“There is a lot to do including painting ahead of the first game and I am up at the ground Tuesdays and Thursdays plus Saturdays if anyone cares to join me,” he added.
Ellis and his wife Ann and fellow committeeman Will Armitage were club representatives at the Evo-Stik NPL’s annual prize and presentation evening last week at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool.
“It was an eye-opener administration and presentation-wise and I am glad we attended now. Not only that the entertainment by a Jersey Boys tribute act was sensational,” he added.
Town’s Boxing Day home opponents Ossett Albion cleaned up on three long service awards with presentations to Neville Wigglesworth, Stuart Garside and Steven Hanks.
The Peter Swales Trophy for the Community Club of the Year went to Farsley Celtic and the Golden Boot award in the NPL Division One went to Warrington Town’s Ciaran Kilheeney who Town came across on three occasions last term when netting two of his 37 goals against them.