Brighouse Town: Brier's looking for more goals

MARK Brier will be looking for his Brighouse Town side to find a cutting edge as they prepare for a tough home Northern Counties East League Premier Division clash with Maltby Main tomorrow, (3.0).

While Brier was delighted to have kept a clean sheet in Tuesday night's 0-0 draw at Pickering Town, he is hoping to experience more luck in front of goal starting with this weekend's meeting against the fifth-placed South Yorkshiremen.

"Naturally I am pleased that we are creating chances but we are lacking in execution," said Brier. "Everybody worked their socks off on Tuesday night but we just didn't have that cutting edge and struggled to find that final ball.

"It is something we need to work on because it was definitely lacking on Tuesday night."

Mark Trueman shaved the post with one effort and was denied by the Pickering keeper later on while Wayne Crossley and Nicky Boshell were both denied by late defensive blocks.

"I was convinced we would keep a clean sheet but I also thought we would score so in that respect it was disappointing," added Brier.

"But over the 90 minutes I thought we edged it in terms of possession, although a draw was probably a fair result."

Brier had been forced into a reshuffle with Damien Hopkins and Matty Sparkes failing to recover from their respective leg injuries while Ash Townsend adopted a holding midfield role in front of the back two.

"Considering we were forced into making four changes I thought we did very well," added Brier. "I was particularly pleased with Ash because he took up an unfamiliar role and was outstanding.

"The fact that we kept a clean sheet has set a standard which we need to maintain tomorrow."

Hopkins has a chance of recovering in time for the Maltby game although Sparkes may need a bit longer - both players were due to be assessed after training last night.

Otherwise, Brier will be selecting from strength for what is likely to be another stern test.

"We are having a little run of matches against in-form teams at the moment," said Brier. "But I don't mind that because we always seem to raise our game when we have to while we haven't always picked up points against the so-called lesser sides.

"We scratched a 2-1 win at their place earlier in the season at a time when they were below us in the table. They are above us now so it would be good to get a similar result tomorrow."