Early chance for Brighouse to hit back

BRIGHOUSE Town boss Paul Quinn said he and the players are relishing the opportunity to bounce straight back when they host another challenging Northern Counties East League Premier Division clash with title-hopefuls Bridlington Town tonight (7.45).

Town saw their five-match unbeaten league run ended by Winterton Rangers, who inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Quinn’s side on Saturday.

However, Quinn believes the chance to get back in the saddle so quickly will mean the players don’t get the chance to dwell on the result and will be doubly determined to get back on track.

“When you lose a game you just want to get straight back out and try to put it right,” said Quinn.

“Saturday was a setback but we have to dust ourselves down and start again.

“We have to be better than Saturday but we also have to be realistic and say that this is going to be another massive test for us.”

Bridlington Town are currently third and three points behind Town’s next opponents, Tadcaster Albion, and eight behind leaders Retford United but with three games in hand.

However, they have been inconsistent on their travels and surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with struggling Arnold Town at the weekend.

“I don’t think Bridlington will relish a long trip here on a Tuesday night so hopefully that is something we can take advantage of,” added Quinn.

While disappointed with the manner of the defeat against Winterton, Quinn was still happy with the passion his players showed throughout the game and is banking on that - coupled with the confidence gained from such an impressive unbeaten run - to help their cause tonight.

“The commitment of the players has never been in doubt and they gave everything again against Winterton,” he said.

“It was just unfortunate that we couldn’t really create enough decent chances to give ourselves a chance of getting something out of the game.

“I don’t think there are many teams in this league who could go on the kind of run we have just had and that is something we have to build on.”

Quinn reported no fresh injury concerns after Saturday’s game but is hopeful of having a couple of players back in contention.

Danny Hull was forced to pull out of the Winterton game on the Friday night while Luke Gibson warmed up but was not risked after suffering a hamstring strain during the previous week’s 2-0 home win over Thackley.

“Luke is 90 per cent but I am hopeful that he will be in the squad,” said Quinn. “Danny was unavailable on Saturday but he should be back in contention for tonight.”