Sharpness could be key for Brighouse

BRIGHOUSE Town travel to the east coast to take on Scarborough Athletic at Bridlington’s Queensgate ground tomorrow in good heart after extending their good run of recent form with a midweek 2-0 League Cup success at Emley.

Not only did that result mean Paul Quinn’s side maintained their participation in the competition, but it also meant they managed to get a competitive 90 minutes under their belts at a time when the majority of clubs - Scarborough included - have been kicking their heels.

It is now hoped that the extra sharpness a game brings will be to Brighouse’s advantage against one of the sides gunning for the title.

“It is a great opportunity for us to claw back some ground on the teams above us and that is how we have to look at the game,” said Quinn.

“I was delighted that we got the game on at Emley because although training is fine it is no substitute for actual game time and I am hoping that will give us an advantage against Scarborough.

“We will go into the game feeling sharp and confident, knowing that the three points would put us right into the mix.”

Quinn was delighted by his side’s professional approach to the game at Emley which was decided in Brighouse’s favour by two Tom Matthews goals either side of the break.

“It was a really good performance and I thought we won it quite comfortably at the end,” he said. “It was a typical derby and of course the playing conditions were not ideal with the pitch starting to freeze up by the end.

“In fact everything was there for an upset but the players went about their business in a very professional manner and got the job done.

“Considering we were without a couple of players as well in Danny Hull and Danny Naidole proves that we have got good strength throughout the squad.”

Quinn was also boosted by the fact that hamstring victim Luke Gibson played a good portion of the match with no apparent reaction to his injury.

“Luke came through 55 minutes and seemed to be okay so hopefully he will be alright for Saturday,” added Quinn, who is expecting to name a full-strength side with the return of both Hull and Naidole.

The only problem could be the weather with Quinn desperate for the cold snap to relent

“We are desperate to get this game on because it is arguably our longest trip of the season,” he added.

“It is never an easy place to go but I would rather it be on a Saturday than having to make the journey in midweek.”