Brighouse Town’s trip to the foothills of the Derbyshire Peak District last Saturday was called off after a 10am pitch inspection and despite the hard work of the groundsman who had been dragging chains across the pitch to let air in and aid the thaw process.
Town’s manager Vill Powell quickly agreed to a re-arranged game for the Tuesday night in the hope that went ahead to clear the last match of a three-match suspension on re-signed centre-back Jorge Sikora.
Following this game Town have two home games on the trot, at home to Ossett United on Saturday (3pm) and then Stocksbridge Park Steels the following Saturday (3pm).
Town drew their game 1-1 at Ingfield back in November but had Lady Luck been on their side it would have been a victory.
The match is being sponsored by Vanessa Lee the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the Calder Valley who is hoping to take over from long serving MP and Town sponsor Craig Whittaker MP who is standing down at the next General Election. Vanessa, brought up near Hull, but now living in Mytholmroyd, is a Hull City season ticket holder.
Goalkeeper Harry Garman who started the season as number one custodian, before losing his jersey to last season’s keeper Jamie Hassall when he came back to the club in October from Knaresborough Town, has signed for Stocksbridge Park Steels. Garman, 23, who was previously with Manchester Met, Whaley Bridge, Yorkshire Amateur and Alwoodley, had been given a dual registration to play with Northern Counties East League club Maltby Main, but wanted to stay around the squad in the hope of breaking back into the side.
“Now the opportunity has come to play at the same level with Stocksbridge I have taken the opportunity,” said Garman, as he headed for south Yorkshire.
It has emerged that Town have an international on their books in defender Jamie Allsop. The 26-year-old, who has had limited appearances for Town, plays for the Great Britain Police team and is utilised anywhere across the back four and even in midfield. He has played primarily as a centre-back by Town when called upon. He is not a policeman on the beat but is involved with the media department of the West Yorkshire Police and before coming to Town had played for Garforth Town and Nostell MW where his father Kevin is chairman.
Following the two successive home games Town are then on the road north, first to Hebburn Town and then Newton Aycliffe the following week.
Wide player Jack Wilson, now back in full training after being out injured since September will be able to challenge for a place from this weekend, and striker Myron Gibbons, who was attracting a lot of attention when he tore a hamstring ligament in the West Riding County FA Senior Cup tie with Campion on December 19, is now back in light training and could be available for those away games.
Town are looking to make more midweek on top of weekend use of their clubhouse with hosting private functions and wakes with catering following local funerals.