Rest is as good as a game

Ernest Boafa for Brighouse.
Ernest Boafa for Brighouse.

For the second Saturday running Brighouse Town are without a fixture and they could have been without a third if manager Paul Quinn and secretary Malcolm Taylor had not moved quickly to bring Lancaster City to the Dual Seal Stadium on Saturday, October 10.

Out of the Emirates FA Cup, Town should have last Saturday been playing Lancaster City at the Giant Axe, but City were away to Droylsden in the second qualifying round and a hoped-for re-arrangement with Scarborough Athletic never materialised.

Town – 5-3 winners gainst Prescot on Monday – were not down for a fixture this week but they are now on Saturday week when managerless City are the visitors having lost 2-0 at Droylsden.

Town should have been visiting Preston-based club Bamber Bridge on Saturday week but they are still in the FA Cup having beaten Skelmersdale 2-0 and they now travel on that date to play former Conference club Kettering Town.

In the wake of the Droylsden defeat and winning only two of their eight league games so far this season, Lancaster City’s manager Darren Peacock and his assistant, former England colleague and BBC TV pundit Trevor Sinclair have stood down.

Quinn, with the distinct possibility of adding some players who were injured to his selection for the re-arranged game, feels it is a good bit of business to pull Lancaster in.

“With a 12-day rest from Monday’s fixture with Prescot Cables, apart from training and physio sessions, I feel we could have Leon Henry back in contention from his hamstring problems, Tom Haigh, Tom Robinson bidding for places, plus Sam Hewitt, but Will Tolley could be a little longer with his ankle.

“It is good to know this and I was very pleased with the performance of James Pollard, coming back from injury, when he came on in the second half against Prescot. He had a real presence and gave the commitment we are looking for.”

There is action at the Dual Seal Stadium this Saturday (2pm) when Town’s Development team take on Ovenden WR in the first round of the West Riding County Challenge Cup with a score to settle.

The Halifax side beat a young Town side at The Shay last May in the Albert Crabtree Halifax Challenge Cup.

There is also action on Sunday afternoon when Town Ladies, in real goalscoring form, take on Barnsley Ladies (2pm). Having already progressed through two rounds of the Ladies FA Cup, Rob Mitchell’s side now entertain Scunthorpe club Winterton Rangers Ladies on Sunday October 11 (2pm) in the next round.

The Development team have home and away legs this month with Silsden in the Galaxy Lancashire League Cup and have been drawn away to Halifax club Warley Town in the first round of the Albert Crabtree Challenge Cup.

Town have been drawn at home to Harrogate Town in the first round of the West Riding County Cup on Monday, November 2, the first time Simon Weaver’s team have been to the Dual Seal since Brighouse Town were elevated into non-league football.

Town’s management team meet October 8 (7.30pm)to look towards replacing long time groundsman Brian Rangeley who has opted to stand down. The pitch was in immaculate condition for this past Monday evening’s game.