BRIGHOUSE Town boss Paul Quinn was keen to emphasise the positives after watching his side return to action with a 4-1 friendly defeat by FC Halifax Town last Saturday.
James Hurtley put the home side ahead but Halifax ran out winners with goals from Ben Futcher, Gareth Seddon, Lee Gregory and ex-Huddersfield Town and Bradford City player Jon Worthington.
Quinn said “I can take positives from the whole game but particularly the first half.
“We gave our fitness levels a good test. I think the first half against a team at that level showed that everything we have done pre-season is going to stand us in good stead for the season ahead in the league.
“It was a great turnout today and the crowd were great. The committee worked really hard to raise the profile of the game and it showed.”
Meanwhile, Brighouse Town will entertain Brighouse Old Boys next Tuesday (7.45) in a fixture to replace the cancelled pre-season game with Silsden.
Respective managers Quinn and Phil Garbe fixed up the game earlier in the week and Town’s vice chairman Ray McLaughlin confirmed it yesterday morning.
Old Boys chief Garbe commented: “I mentioned it to the lads at training on Tuesday evening and they are really up for it. The game should draw a big crowd and it will certainly give us both a good workout.
“We shook off some of the cobwebs in the Billy Kendall tournament but we were way under strength.”
Town have a game away to FA Vase winners Dunston UTS on Saturday (3.00pm) and have just one doubt.
Tricky winger Luke Gibson, who had hamstring trouble last season, reported a problem after Saturday’s game with FC Halifax Town. He had physiotherapy on Tuesday ahead of the 1-1 draw at Pontefract.
It was decided not to use him off the bench and to see how he is at tonight’s training session.
Town gave a 30 minute second half outing to former Halifax Town trainee striker Craig Billingham, 22, at Pontefract.
Former coach and now committee man Daz Laycock said: “Craig has come to us after something like two years out of the game with knee ligament problems.
“He scored two goals in the Billy Kendall tournament and was given a run at Ponty and looked strong in the air. He is tall and clearly has potential and has been signed on.”