Two-legged cup tie ensures morale remains high

Despite the recent disappointing loss in the West Riding County Challenge Cup to Pool, the morale in Brighouse Town’s Development squad remains high and everyone is getting back to playing more regular football.

Team manager Charlie Tolley informed the team that they have a two-legged cup tie over the forthcoming weekend with the first leg away to RIASA East on Friday on the 3G surface at Leeds Beckett Park.

“We have already played there this season in the league coming away with a 2-2 draw.

“RIASA are a college association affiliated to the University that brings over students from the US to study and play football.

“It is organised by Mark Ellis, the ex-Bradford City footballer, and he is aided by a network of coachers including John Hendrie.

“They are always a good footballing team and technically very able.

“Playing a two-legged cup tie has its challenges for the squad and will require good game management in the first leg to ensure we have control going into the second leg, which will be played at Brighouse on Monday, November 30 with a 7.45pm kick off.

“We will be welcoming back Tom Robinson into the fold following his all-clear from the medics to resume playing, but will be without Will Tolley who injured his other ankle in a freak accident when we were training last Thursday.

“It is hoped he will only be out for a coupe of weeks.”

The postponed Albert Crabtree Halifax District tie with Ovenden West Riding will now take place on Saturday, December 19, at Natty Lane, Illingworth with kick-off expected to be at 1.30pm.

“This postponement will no doubt cause us some issues as we will be hampered by the cup rules preventing anyone who has had first–team experience – even if it is only for a brief appearance – being cup tied,” said Tolley.

“It is a good job we have some strength in depth in the squad this season as we will need to call on that.

“This will provide a likely opportunity for the likes of Marcus Hadfield, Mark Everingham, Sheiden Rodgers, George Dignam and Ben Pearson to get more game time and press their cases for regular inclusion.

The only other fixture currently organised for the team is an away trip to Goole on December 15.