Brighouse Town boss Mark Brier could welcome back new signing Kingsley Wetherald for tomorrow’s NCE League Premier Division trip to Lincoln Moorlands Railway.
And with Matty Sparkes and Damien Hopkins back in training after lengthy lay-offs, things are starting to look up for the St Giles Road men whose results have been disappointing over the last 10 matches.
“It has been an horrendous quarter of a season with injuries and departures,” said Brier, who lost the influential Danny Boshell to Bradford Park Avenue last month.
“Losing five key squad members would have a significant impact on any side.”
Wetherald, Sparkes and Hopkins will all be assessed before Brier and his coaching staff make a final decision on their line up for tomorrow’s game.
Brier has drafted Sam Coop into his squad and there is every chance he will play at right back with Simon Wood switching to the centre of defence.
Former Shayman Dan Codman is also included along with Joe Swallow after a series of impressive performances with the under 19s and reserves.
Of course all is not rosy, with Ben Waterfield and Ben Charlesworth still missing and three players - Wayne Crossley, Mark Trueman and Paul Brown - all unavailable for tomorrow’s trip.
And that will not help the side’s immediate quest to improve on a run that has seen Town take just three points from the last 24 on offer
“There are still plenty of games to go and we are looking at the situation long term,” said Brier.
“We targeted a top eight finish and, providing players are fit and can stay injury free, we know we have the people at the club to achieve that.
We played well in draws with Bridlington and Pickering and although we lost 1-0 at Guiseley in the County Cup it was a good performance.
“The teams that have beaten us recently are beating the teams currently in the top four.
“A run of results like we are having can happen at this level and I cannot knock the lads’ efforts.”
Town trained indoors earlier this week, but in keeping with the conditions outside the whole squad enjoyed a water polo session.
“We have always tried to put on different sessions and this is just one example of that,” said Brier.
“It is great fun but also a fantastic fitness workout because while they are in the water they are working hard.”
Tomorrow’s game is the first league meeting between the sides this season with Railway due at St Giles Road in the campaign finale on April 30.