Thinking outside the box is paying rich dividends for Luddenden Foot, the early pace setters in Division Two of the Spenser Wilson Halifax League.
It is fairly unusual for clubs of Foot’s status to consider employing a level three coach but that is just what the Calder Valley club have done.
Cricket chairman John Ashton said Foot had taken on John Brierley from the Todmorden area. Ashton explained: “He was with us last season, attended winter nets and goes to senior training on a Tuesday night. He also watches us on a Saturday when he can.
“It was a fairly radical move for us to bring him in because we are not a wealthy club, but it is paying dividends.
“We decided that we had been messing about in the bottom division for a long time and if we were serious about progressing we had to do something.
“Recruiting players was the second step. Our facilities are first class, we have some great volunteers and we have been working hard on the ground and the clubhouse.”
This year’s recruits are Hayden Bruce from Sowerby St Peter’s, who has added to Foot’s battery of hard-hitting batsmen, and Charlie Holt-Conway, a former Foot junior who has returned from SBCI.
The High Lea Green outfit have registered emphatic wins over Outlane, Old Town, Low Moor and Bradley and Colnebridge. Their 50-point tally is the most they could have got after their second game at home to Upper Hopton was washed out.
Foot’s one defeat came away to Oxenhope from two divisions higher in the Parish Cup, when they were disappointed not to win a close, high-scoring game.
Ashton said Foot had a young side, headed by prolific run maker Lee Broadbent, and a bowling attack opened by teenagers Connor McGow and Tom Stott. Promotion for the first and second teams was very much the season’s aim.
Foot’s firsts host Greetland tomorrow when they will be without a handful of players, including McGow, Ryan Allen, Joel Cleary and Isaac Baldwin.