Brighouse Town look to bounce back

BRIGHOUSE Town boss Mark Brier has called on his players to put the disappointment of Tuesday night's 1-0 home defeat by Selby in the NCE League Premier Division behind them when they travel to take on Bridlington Town tomorrow (3.0).

Town played well in the first half in midweek but after conceding a goal straight after the interval, the players as a unit failed to rise to the challenge of hauling themselves back into the contest.

That was cause for concern for Brier, who will now look for a response in what will be a tough ask at the third-placed East coast outfit.

"There were no excuses," said Brier. "Selby thoroughly deserved their victory and we only had ourselves to blame.

"After playing well in the first half and missing some decent chances and hitting the woodwork, we then went and produced the worst second half display of the season.

"At half-time we stressed to the players the importance of not conceding early but we gave the ball away three times in the first minute then went behind after a minute and 40 seconds of the half starting."

"We just couldn't get our game together after going behind. It was a bit of a kick in the teeth to concede when we did but I was disappointed with the reaction of all the players.

"Everybody's shoulders went down which is something I haven't seen for a long, long time. We just could not create enough chances to get ourselves back in the game and the lads were gutted."

Brier will be particularly keen to get back on track at Queensgate with another tough trip to Pickering Town following next Tuesday.

"They are two of the hardest trips of the season and I will be looking for a response," added Brier.

"The good thing is that it will give the players the opportunity to go to Brid and Pickering and do to them what Selby did to us."

Brier has no new injury worries to contend with tomorrow. Matty Sparkes, Danny Hull and Ash Townsend all took knocks against Selby but are expected to be in the squad.

Lee Burgess should also come into contention after recovering from an ankle injury.