Brighouse Echo Sport – Town News by Dave Parker

Brighouse Town ahead of their first home pre-season friendly on Saturday with Farsley Celtic (3.0) look set to lose their Player of the Season and leading goalscorer Jack Boyle.

Contracted Boyle, formerly with Huddersfield Town, Clyde and Thackley, has requested a move and wants Step 3 and higher football on the form that has been circulated to clubs of that stature earlier this week. Boyle played 36 games last term, scoring 12 goals and making nine assists. In his three seasons with Town, the Leeds-based striker has made 76 starts, scored 21 goals and made 15 assists in total.

His impending move follows hot on the heels of co-striker Laurence Sorhaindo to Guiseley, skipper Tom Haigh to Emley, centre-back Matthew Nebard to Pontefract Collieries and fellow central defender Josh Dacre to Goole. .

From a squad of 20 that started last season, Town now only have five players in the eighteen that trained this week ahead of facing Celtic’s new National League North squad under new manager Clayton Donaldson.

Veteran striker Zeph Thomas, who was to be a coach this season, has also departed and signed for his hometown club in Doncaster, Rossington Main, so he can play for another season.

Cover goalkeeper Charlie English from the FC Halifax Town Academy is moving with his family based in Northowram to the midlands and has signed for United Counties League club Hucknall Town.

Others to have left are defender Sam Reed (Sheffield Wednesday), goalkeeper Brett Souter (club unknown, wing-back Mohammed Ibrahim to Ossett United along with midfielder Corey Gregory, central defender Aiden Lee Walker to Guiseley and wideman Alex King (club unknown).

Still on the register for the season ahead are goalkeeper Jamie Hassell, wideman Javelle Clarke, utility player Sam Drake, midfielder Josh Grant and frontman Mohammed Qasim.

Town had, as has been reported two weeks ago, wanted to resume pre-season friendlies with FC Halifax Town, but their secretary Tony Allen informed them that manager Chris Millington has filled his diary and then they disappointingly heard over the weekend the Shaymen will be fitting in another game with Farsley!

On Tuesday night, July 4, Town will entertain Bradford club Eccleshill United (7.30).