Brighouse Town - Khurram gets his chance to shine

BRIGHOUSE Town boss Mark Brier will hand a chance to Pakistan under 19 international winger Khurram Shazad when his side travels to NCE Premier Division Nostell MW tonight (7.30).

The former Halifax High pupil has joined the St Giles Road outfit's new under 19 set up and has impressed Simon Wood.

"Khurram has signed for the under 19s but we want to have a look at him at Nostell tonight," said Brier.

The young winger was part of the Euro XI squad that played at Wembley earlier this year and he has also played for junior side Himmat

He was selected for the Pakistan under 19 squad as a 16-year-old in 2007, linking up with the team after a successful trial along with 120 other hopefuls in Rotherham.

Brier has also confirmed the signing of Andy Philp, a midfielder who has impressed in games against Rochdale Town and Silsden seven days ago when Town were beaten 2-1.

"That proved to be a good work out against some strong opposition," said Brier.

David Watson, a former Winterton striker, scored Town's goal against the North West Counties first division side. Kieran Corley, who has done well in pre-season, supplied the pass.

Former Eccleshill United defender Aaron Oddy has been allowed to leave Brighouse to look for regular football.

Tonight's game was only arranged on Sunday evening after Town's original opponents Wakefield pulled out of a proposed clash at St Giles Road.

Nostell had been due to face Hemsworth MW who were forced to cancel due to injuries at the club.

"It was disappointing when Wakefield told us they would not be able to play," said Brier. "But I am delighted that Nostell were able to step in.

"It is a game that both clubs are happy to be playing."