Brighouse Town have a score to settle on Saturday in their fifth pre-season friendly at home to Evo-Stik Premier Division club Ashton United (2.00).
Controversially dumped out of the FA Cup at home last September only two stages away from the big money first-round proper stage, Paul Quinn’s boys have the opportunity to reverse the 2-1 setback.
Town follow this game with an away derby next Tuesday at the Welfare Ground against Toolstation NCLE Division One side AFC Emley (7.45).
They go into those games with confidence high after Tuesday’s 2-1 home win over Huddersfield Town’s U-21 side in front of 268 spectators which included former Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Derby County and Stoke City striker Marco Gabbiadini.
Head coach Rob Wilson, covering for his holidaying manager, said he thought the performance against the Championship club’s U-21s was excellent.
“I felt we were very comfortable in the first half and even in the second half when we made changes we still kept playing good football, although the game was not as nitty gritty.
“The physical side of things stood the test, we kept our shape and played some tidy football, with our triangles outstanding, particularly in that first half. It was a very positive workout and we are all delighted with the outcome.
“We played Danny Facey the whole game as he needed 90 minutes and his experience showed with his game management.”
Wilson, himself a former Fulham and Huddersfield Town player, confirmed that Town had signed former Huddersfield Town Academy midfielder James Pollard, who hails from Halifax, ahead of the game and after a successful trial game against Guiseley.
“We have built a very promising looking squad for our second season in the division and also over the closed season seen some talented lads team up with Charlie Tolley and Barrie Thomas in the development squad,” added Wilson.
For Saturday’s game Wilson revealed Town would be without Ben Thornton, Ryan Hall, Dan Illingworth and Matt Stor who are all on holiday. He also added that they would also have to take a look at a knee injury Will Tolley picked up against Huddersfield Town and an ankle injury Pollard received in the first half.
Wide player Tom Robinson also missed Tuesday’s game with a leg injury.
Club secretary Malcolm Taylor has made a substantial donation to the club to assist with the updating of the floodlights up to League requirements at a cost approaching £2,000. He said he was hoping the pitch would be firm enough after all the recent rain. Commercial manager Andy Stewart has completed the concreting of the entrance approach.
“The Evo-Stik management are due to send a representative to see the ground and check the lights in the next few days and I hope to have everything ready for them by the weekend,” added Taylor.
The Development team have a home friendly with Wetherby Athletic for Monday August 10 (7.45).