PAUL Quinn is banking on the recent bad weather relenting enough for his Brighouse Town side to taste Northern Counties East League Premier Division action for the first time in three weeks against Lincoln Moorlands Railway tomorrow (3.0).
The two sides should have met at Lincoln last Saturday as the first stage of a double header, but that fixture became an early casualty of the cold and wet conditions.
Town’s involvement in cup matches, and last weekend’s inactivity, have dropped them down to 10th in the table and Quinn is keen that his side do not fall too far behind the leading group.
“We are desperate to play after being without a league game for so long,” said Quinn. “It is important that we try to stay up there with the pack so we are hoping the recent bad weather stays away.
“I have been to look at the pitch and although it is heavy I am confident that provided there is no repeat of the conditions we had last week then we should be okay.
“The main worry is probably the forecast for frost on Friday night, but hopefully it will not be too severe. We are all raring to go and looking forward to getting back into action.”
While a strong league position remains Brighouse’s primary target, their sights have been altered slightly following the news that Pickering Town have been thrown out of the NCE League Cup, subject to a possible appeal, after fielding an ineligible player during their 5-0 victory over Brighouse in the previous round.
That has resulted in Brighouse being re-instated and they will face the winners of the Emley versus Askern Villa tie which was postponed in midweek.
“I have to say it has slightly changed our focus,” admitted Quinn. “Being re-instated, albeit fortuitously, means that there is no reason why we shouldn’t give it a real go now.
“We have advanced a stage and as a result the whole dynamic of the competition has changed. Whichever of the two sides we play will be tough but it would be nice to have a good derby with Emley.”
Quinn will be without Nick Jagger tomorrow while Craig Thompson looks to be a longer term casualty as he is due to see a specialist about his troublesome knee injury.
However, he will be able to call on the services of former Halifax Town defender Simon Wood, who has rejoined the club from Emley, while a recent recruit from Fields, Sam Ackroyd, is also pencilled into the squad.