Quinn insists squad prepared for hectic schedule to come

Actions from the game Brighouse Town v Retford United football at St Giles Road'Pictured for Brighouse Nick Jaggar has a shot
Actions from the game Brighouse Town v Retford United football at St Giles Road'Pictured for Brighouse Nick Jaggar has a shot

By Charlotte Henbest

It’s a busy six days ahead for Brighouse Town as the fixtures start to pile up due to postponements.

However, manager Paul Quinn is not going to let it faze his side.

They were due to play Heanor last night (Wednesday) and host Garforth Town on Saturday.

Despite a huge backlog, Town were left without a fixture last weekend but Quinn decided to turn the negative in to a positive.

“The next few weeks are going to be a very busy time for us,” he said. “We toyed with having a training session on Saturday but then thought about the up and coming schedule and so told the players to go off and enjoy the day and come back fresh for training on Monday.

“Myself and the coaching team went off to watch a couple of games and I also got the chance to watch the Development squad play, which is something that I don’t get to do as often as I would like.

“We have got a huge run of games now and the lads know that we have to knuckle down.

“Fortunately we have a large squad and that has been bolstered this past week with the signing of Sam Holt from Staylybridge Celtic. He can play centre back and centre midfield as is a real quality player. We also have another player in the pipeline.

“We have striker Joe Jagger back from holiday now and Joe Thornton is also back with the Development squad.

“He was struggling with an ankle injury and then suffered a groin injury and has been out for a couple of weeks.”

Quinn also confirmed that the club has parted company, by mutual agreement, with last season’s captain Nick Jaggar.

“Nick was out with long term injuries and so at the beginning of this season we gave the job to Leon Henry,” added Quinn.

“We decided to part ways and I believe he is now playing in the West Riding County League.

“Leon has being doing a good job for us and so we decided to stick with him and when he has been unable to play Adam Wilson has successfully stepped in as vice captain.

“Leon has bags of experience and we think he has what it takes to help push the team over the line.”

Apart from Thackley losing last weekend, the rest of the results in the Toolstation NCEL Premier didn’t go Town’s way.

However, it was not something that Quinn took a great deal of notice of.

“It is in our hands and if we spend our energy looking at other teams and what they are doing we will lose focus,” said Quinn.

“Anyone who goes from now until the end of the season without dropping points deserves to win in. With the games we have in hand we are certainly front runners.”

Another twist that is yet to be confirmed is a possible extra promotional spot this year.

After huge financial difficulties and being unable to fulfil fixtures Eastwood Town have resigned from the Evo-Stik NPL South.

“If you look at last season we got 97 points and in any other league that would have seen us get promoted,” said Quinn.

“It is a very difficult league to get out of and should this see another place freed up then great.

“There are some teams up there that are punching above their weight, but due to one relegation spot they stay in and below in the NCEL.”

This Saturday Brighouse Town are hosting another Junior Day following the success of the last one.

Taking part will be Brighouse Juniors, Bradford Park Avenue, Bradford Warriors and Brighouse Sports U11s. It starts at 1.30pm with a tournament, the players will perform a guard of honour for the players and then at half time there will be a penalty shoot out.