Brighouse Town boss Paul Quinn has just one injury worry ahead of Saturday’s NCEL Premier Division game at Arnold Town (3.00).
Following Tuesday night’s comfortable 3-0 home win over Derbyshire visitors Heanor Town, centre forward Craig Thompson has a hamstring problem and is rated doubtful.
He was replaced in the second half by Ernest Boafo, and such are the rigours of part-time football, chairman Ray McLaughlin had to have his car running to get his player to a night shift in Mirfield on the whistle.
The game had started 15 minutes late as Heanor had been delayed by a crash as they tried to get onto the M1 and then found the M62 West gridlocked.
Skipper Nick Jaggar gave his side the lead on 13 minutes when he dabbed home from close in after Adam Wilson had sent the ball into the box from wide on the left.
The lead was doubled when James Hurtley beat the keeper after working well with TomMatthews and the pair linked up for the third, this time Matthews the scorer after rounding two defenders and picking his spot to the left of the keeper.
Quinn was delighted with the way his players responded to the 2-1 defeat by Retford United last Saturday.
Despite playing the better football in the second half, and having plenty of attacks, it wasn’t Brighouse Town’s day as they suffered their first home league defeat of the season.
Quinn had shaken Town up in his half time talk as within 90 seconds Sam Hewitt levelled the scores but Retford went on to secure a second to claim the points.
“We worked very hard in the first half against Heanor and clearly controlled the game and after the third goal went in. I kept urging us to push on but we dropped off somewhat,” he said
“We have gone second again with this win and we have just got to keep on picking up points during the final 11 games.
“It could all be on the game with Scarborough when they come here.”
In last Saturday’s basement battle, Arnold Town beat Winterton Rangers 2-1.