Striker search intensifies for Town

Paul Quinn.
Paul Quinn.

BRIGHOUSE TOWN manager Paul Quinn hopes to sign a striker on loan or permanently ahead of Saturday’s trip to Clitheroe (3pm) and for Monday night’s re-arranged home game with league leaders Warrington Town (7.45pm).

Left with only one recognised striker –Ernest Boafo – through injuries, Quinn was earlier in the week looking at all options open to him.

After last Saturday’s postponement of the game at home to Droylsden he opted to watch the AFC Emley v Rossington Main NCEL Division One game, which the home side won 5-0.

“There was not that much choice with all the waterlogged grounds so I nipped up to the Welfare Ground,” said the manager.

“With Mark Bett out possibly for six to eight weeks with the hamstring injury he picked up at Lancaster in the last game, Daniel Facey a game away really from playing after his month out with a knee injury and desperate for say 45 minutes in the Development side and Steve Hollingworth back in training but some two weeks away, we are so thin on the ground for strikers.

“Midfielder Tom Haigh will be sidelined for three to four weeks and central defender Adam Wilson could well have missed the Droylsden game as he was struggling with a back problem last week after the Lancaster game.

“He is having physio and we are hopeful he will be all right for Saturday when we also expect our experienced left-back Chris Fisher to be fully fit again after his lengthy bout of flu.”

At this very moment Quinn is left with possibly playing strong midfielder James Hurtley up front along with Boafo and also has the inexperienced but undoubtedly talented former Rishworth Grammar School boy Isaac Baldwin up front.

Clitheroe are currently two places above Town in seventh place but have played a game more and are only there because of a flying start to the season.