MARK Brier is convinced that his Brighouse Town side are due to get back to winning ways - and there would be no better time than Saturday’s home Premier Division clash with Tadcaster Albion, (3.0)
Town were beaten 2-1 by Nostell Miners Welfare at St Giles Road on Tuesday and it is now 10 matches since the club celebrated a victory.
There have been some notable draws in that time - at Bridlington and Pickering to name just two - but the lack of a victory is a source of frustration for Brier and his players.
Their cause has not been helped by a growing injury list that now includes new recruit Kingsley Wetherald after he was forced out of his debut against Nostell.
He is now doubtful for tomorrow’s visit of his former club and is likely to be watching from the sidelines along with medium-term absentees Matty Sparkes and Ben Waterfield.
Wetherald limped off after brilliantly turning his man on the halfway line but then had his subsequent run halted by a hamstring problem.
“That really just sums up our situation at the moment,” said Brier. “To say we have an injury crisis is putting it mildly.
“Kingsley had injected some pace and purpose into the side and then we lose him to a hamstring problem.
“It’s unbelievable. I don’t know whether it is the hard under-surfaces of the pitches that is to blame, but there seems to be quite a few of these injuries cropping up at the moment.
“The lad is really frustrated because he would have been champing at the bit to face his former team tomorrow. We will just have to assess him and make a decsion on whether he is fit or not.”
Brier saw his side take the lead against Nostell with a quality goal. Luke Malcher laid the ball out to Alex O’Keefe who then delivered a controlled cross from the byline to the edge of the six yard box where Nathan Cartman pounced to fire home.
“It was a quality goal and showed what we are capable of,” added Brier. “We had played well in the first half and had chances late on in the second where Nathan shaved a post and Lee Burgess had a shot saved, which leads me to believe that we are due to give somebody a beating.
“It would be nice to think it would be against Tadcaster. They were beaten by Scarborough in the President’s Cup on Tuesday night and although I don’t know what kind of team they put out, that result will give us confidence going into the game.”
Nostell regrouped in the second half and it was Town old boy Graham Marchant who latched onto a half clearance to drill home the equaliser before the visitors added a second to secure the points.
“It is disappointing and frustrating but I will fiercely defend my players to the hilt,” said Brier. “We are playing mix and match, patched up football at the moment and we have a young side who may be a little naive but who will learn from this experience and be better for it.
“The lads were gutted after Tuesday night but there is certainly no cause for alarm.”