triple-whammy hits town

Steve Hollingworth for Brighouse.
Steve Hollingworth for Brighouse.

BRIGHOUSE Town have been hit with a double injury blow and a suspension ahead of a busy weekend of cup action.

Centre-forward Steve Hollingworth fell awkwardly in a challenge in the 1-1 draw at Harrogate Railway Athletic and has dislocated a shoulder.

Centre-back Danny Illingworth also damaged a shoulder and a hand in training and both miss Saturday’s first qualifying round of the FA Trophy at Warrington Town (3.00pm) and Monday’s home first round West Riding County Cup tie against Harrogate Town (7.45).

Should there be a draw at Warrington’s Cantilever Park then a replay at the Dual Seal Stadium will take preference to the West Riding tie.

Midfielder Tom Haigh, who was sent off at Harrogate Railway, will be serving a one-match ban for five yellow cards he has collected in the first three months of the season.

He is also facing a potential three-match ban for his sending off.

Manager Paul Quinn said it was disappointing to lose Hollingworth and Illingworth but there was strength in depth in the squad and Sam Hewitt would come straight in for Illingworth.

“This tie with league leaders Warrington is very important to the club and we are taking it very seriously,” said Quinn.

“Coach Rob Wilson has been to watch them and we know a lot about a side that has only lost two league games all season, and those being to Burscough Town, who have done the double.

“They had gone 11 games unbeaten until Burscough won 3-1 at Warrington, but they bounced back on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Farsley Celtic.”

Warrington manager Shaun Reid has brought in a raft of new faces this season on their back of their financially lucrative televised FA Cup run last term as they look to progress out of Evo-Stik NPL Division One. They have gelled pretty quickly for him.

Quinn revealed that he has put in a seven-day notice on a player and is looking to add a couple of new faces to freshen and strengthen his squad.

Emley striker Ash Flynn is attracting a lot of attention, having before Tuesday’s game at Yorkshire Amateur scored 37 goals, including five in the 13-0 defeat of Grimsby Borough on Saturday.

Harrogate Town under manager Simon Weaver, son of the owner and chairman, are lying fourth in Vanarama National League North three points behind leaders Fyle, who knocked National League Premiers Barrow out of the FA Cup last Saturday to earn a trip to Millwall next weekend.

“We will wait to see the outcome of Saturday’s game before deciding what we do in terms of selection on Monday,” said Quinn, who will also be coming up against a side making its first appearance at the Dual Seal Stadium.

Match report: Page 39