BRIGHOUSE ECHO SPORT – TOWN NEWS by DAVE PARKER
HEAVY RAIN Sunday, overnight and Monday morning scuppered any chances Brighouse Town had of playing their home West Riding County FA first round home tie with Knaresborough as it left the pitch thoroughly waterlogged. It was later reported that the Pennine areas of West Yorkshire had had three inches of rain Sunday and Monday.
Match official Jason Smith had no hesitation in calling the game off which will now be played on Monday, November 15 (7.45) with the winners hosting Bradford club Thackley on a date to be sorted.
General Manager and groundsman Darren Laycock informed that he had only had the pitch verti-drained the week before the deluge and the pitch could have been a lot worse if he hadn’t have done so. “I hadn’t even been able to get on and cut it and mark out either,” he added.
Town had no game last Saturday but this weekend they visit the east coast when they take on Cleethorpes (3.00pm) who on Tuesday night lost 4-2 at home to leaders Liversedge, and last Saturday drew 0-0 at home to Tadcaster Albion who Town entertain on Saturday week.
The Owls under manager Dave Smith are having a good season and currently lie in fourth position on 23 points while Town are in ninth place of the nineteen clubs on 17 points and looking to climb into the play-off places during this month.
Town’s manager Vill Powell had hoped to have given some fringe players game time against Knaresborough as he looks to keep a strong match-fit squad.
After missing the Hebburn Town and Worksop Town games through being on holiday, striker Jack Boyle is likely to be back in contention and Sarfraz Khan, celebrating his 24th birthday in midweek, also hopes to be back to fitness after also missing out on the Hebburn and Worksop games with hamstring problems.
Defender or midfielder Josh Grant has grown in stature since his return last month from league leaders Liversedge where he was bereft of games. Both his tackling and distribution were excellent against Hebburn and Worksop, while his inswinging corners gave the Hebburn keeper and his defenders nightmares!
Town are pleased to announce another major commercial partner with the ambitious club in Mr Luke Larvin, Managing Director of Full Circle Asset Finance, Gas Works Lane, Elland Bridge, Halifax. Mr Larvin was a recent visitor to the club’s annual Jimmy Heffernan Charity night in aid of Overgate Hospice, Elland, and was prominent in the auction and raffle for sporting items including a framed Manchester United shirt to go up in his office.