It’s a slump but the crisis is with injuries – Brier

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AFTER Tuesday’s night’s second defeat in four days, a frustrated Brighouse Town manager Mark Brier said: “We are in a slump but not a crisis - but in terms of injuries it is a crisis.

“You only have to look at what happens to our new signing Kingsley Wetherald after we introduced him in the last 15 minutes of the game,” he said.

The 19-year-old who is on trial from Tadcaster Albion showed his speed down the right wing and then pulled up with a hamstring problem. He is now a doubt for home game against Albion on Saturday.

He adds to a list that includes Matty Sparkes, Damien Hopkins, Ben Charlesworth and James Waggett.

“These lads are quality players at this level and you miss them, and then on Tuesday we couldn’t play Danny Hull because of his university commitments,” said Brier.

“Add to this the loss of Nick Boshell to Bradford Park Avenue before our game with Winterton Rangers last Saturday and then you can understand my frustrations as we cannot turn out a settled side.”

Town could not live with the money aspect of Boshell’s move, a signing on fee and a three figure wage at the Evo stik Premier League club.

But Brier and his colleagues wish him well. “He has been a great player for us and we will miss his set piece delivery and how he puts his foot on the ball,” said Brier.

Charlesworth, Sparkes and Hopkins will not be fit for the game with third-placed Tadcaster, who lost 1-0 on Tuesday night at Scarborough Athletic who are 15th in the table.

Mark Trueman came back from a weekend illness to figure on Tuesday and there could be a place in the squad for another new capture, midfielder James Flower, 25.

He is a former Harrogate Railway and Liversedge player who has also served his time with Halifax Irish in the West Riding CAL.

Brier is also looking at Kieran Corley after some impressive performances in the reserves.

“We just want more than a 45 minute performance from the team on Saturday as we didn’t want the first half to end against Nostell and there was a 10 minute period in the second half where our strikers never saw the ball,” said the manager.