Town face tough battle in FA Cup

BRIGHOUSE Town for the second year running enter the preliminary round stages of the FA Cup this weekend with an away trip to North West Counties Premier League club Runcorn Town (3pm).

Town boss Mick Couzens went to watch them in action on Monday as they beat Stone Dynamoes from Staffordshire 4-1.

Last Saturday they won 6-1 and in their first two games drew one and lost one.

Last season in gaining promotion from Division One they went 27 games unbeaten and manager Couzens said: ”They are a very good team.

“One guy even came out to warm up wearing a UniBond top and I questioned, what and who are we taking on here?

“In saying that I do have at least half-a-dozen lads back on Saturday including Wayne Crossley, Jacob Lever, Chris Wdowczyk and Danny Hull who damaged an ankle against Arnold Town.

“Striker Craig Thompson was seeing the physio on Wednesday night with the knee he injured against Staveley and he may still be doubtful.”

Couzens was going to watch the reserves at Campion on Wednesday night with several players in the side who have been on the bench.

“Last Saturday at Thackley with six U-19 players in the side we were outplayed and outfought, it was men against boys,” he said.

“I always analyse myself as a manager and when I got home I was disillusioned with life and put the computer on.

“When I saw Halifax Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Liversedge and Garforth Town had all lost, I came round somewhat realising others close to home had also lost. It certainly put things in perspective.”

He told his coaching team of Barry Thomas and Mark Booth that there had only been two below performances so far this season, in the friendly with Silsden and with Thackley, who went top with that 4-1 victory.

Town entertain Scarborough Athletic on Tuesday at the Dual Seal Stadium (7.45pm) in another tough Baris NCEL Premier Division fixture.

Town’s reserve team entertain Ovenden West Riding on Saturday (2.30pm) in a West Riding CAL Premier Division fixture.