Brighouse Town boss Paul Quinn has injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s much awaited home clash with NCEL Premier Division leaders Scarbrough Athletic.
Full-back/midfielder Leon Henry was taken off at half time with a slight hamstring pull and a groin strain during Saturday’s 3-0 win at Thackley, while early in the second half striker Ernest Boafo turned an ankle and was replaced by Craig Thompson.
Both players were having physio this week and chairman Ray McLaughlin is quitely confident they will be fit.
Tomorrow’s game will see a meeting between the league’s leading goalscorers in Town’s Tom Matthews (39) and Scarborough’s Ryan Blott (38).
Blott overtook Matthews last week but the Town hotshot bagged a brace at Thackley to pull himself clear again.
Scarborough turned out a virtual youth side for their 1-0 League Cup quarter-final win at Long Eaton United on Tuesday.
Town, who will have to wait to hear from the Football Association if their ground grading has been successful, will open their gates at 1pm on Saturday and also allow cars to park on the training ground.
This is to take pressure off St Giles Road, where double parking will not be allowed by the police.
Their two new turnstiles will be in use and there will be a large barbecue in operation from 1pm and the bar in the social club is also open.
Last Saturday’s game proved a fairly comfortable afternoon’s work for Town.
Both sides had chances in the first half before Brighouse finally made one stick four minutes after the break.
Matthews slipped the ball to Ryan Hall who unleashed a shot which had the ‘keeper at full stretch.
He could only palm the ball back out into play and Matthews pounced from close range.
The game was made safe when Matthews added his second and after Jordan Porter had twice denied Thackley with some fine saves, Brighouse secured the three points when Matthews cut in from the left, and nutmegged a defender before rolling the ball to James Hurtley who fired the ball home from 12 yards.