Town look to bounce back immediately

Leon Henry could be back for Brighouse
Leon Henry could be back for Brighouse

BRIGHOUSE Town, having narrowly lost their eight-match unbeaten league run at Northwich Victoria last Saturday, are keen to get back to winning ways at home to Radcliffe Borough on Saturday (3.00pm).

A rather inexperienced side in many departments still gave the league leaders and FA Cup giantkillers – who visit Northampton Town next Saturday – more than a run for their money and in the end were unlucky to come away without a point.

Assistant manager Mark Booth feels confident Leon Henry will be fit after he missed Saturday’s game along with midfielder James Pollard who had a sickness bug, attacking midfielder Ryan Hall, who was away on personal business, while striker Danny Facey is set for a fitness test tonight on a troublesome hamstring injury.

Booth is also hopeful that new striker Mark Betts from Curzon Ashton could force his way into the 16 for the visit of The Boro’ who Town drew 2-2 with at Belvoir Stadium back in mid-September. Betts picked up an injury in his first training session with Town but has been working his way back to fitness.

Radcliffe, under manager Danny Johnson, are currently 20th in the Evo-Stik NPL Division One table.

Town, despite their 1-0 setback at Wincham Park, only dropped a place to eighth on goal difference to Trafford, and a win would put them into sixth and with results going their way only two points off the play-off positions.

As Booth pointed out: “There is a long way to go yet and over the next seven games to the end of December we are at home for four of them. Plus, last Saturday’s line-up did prove that we have some strength and quality in depth.

“New signing Tommy Cooney did show some nice touches, played in some neat balls and showed he had pace.

“We just need now to convert our territorial advantage into goals. Easier said than done but once we do somebody is going to catch it.”

Radcliffe held on for a 1-1 home draw with Lancaster City last Saturday after losing their previous game 4-1 to Mossley-Town’s away opponents next Saturday-and then 5-1 in the FA Trophy to NPL Premier Division mid-table side Buxton.

Town’s commercial manager and statistician Andy Stewart has introduced ‘Football Bingo’ to the club, and at Saturday’s game supporters, committee members and sponsors will be able to sign up. It will all commence with Town’s first away game of 2016 at Lancaster City on January 2.

Committee manEllis Aked added: “We have to look at all avenues to increase funding so we can assist Paul Quinn and pay our way in all the other ways involved in running a football club at this level.”