Boss chasing three signings

Brighouse Town manager Vill Powell
Brighouse Town manager Vill Powell

BRIGHOUSE TOWN manager Vill Powell is hopeful of three more additions as the Evo-Stik NPL club prepare for the start of pre-season training next Wednesday.

Town will return a day ahead of schedule, to avoid a clash with England’s 2018 World Cup group match with Belgium.

Speaking from Bordeaux yesterday, Powell said that one target had assured him he would be there to sign ahead of the first training session. He hoped the other two signings would be done and dusted shortly after.

“I don’t want to give anything away at the moment on names until they are across the line,” he said.

Having only recently returned from three weeks in the West Indies with his wife Carmel and eighth-month-old daughter Lily, Powell said he didn’t want to give the impression that all he did was take holidays.

“We had the three weeks with my dad and family back home in Barbados and then we are having this holiday in south west France with my wife’s parents,” he explained.

“I need to get them all done now, then it’s football all the way once I come back.”

Town have switched their kit supplier from O’Neill’s to Kit-Locker and the designs for the new sponsors Quickslide Windows and Doors were emailed earlier this week. Fingers are crossed that the shirts will be ready for the friendly against FC Halifax Town on Tuesday, July 10.

Co-commercial manager David Rowland also met the company’s Group Marketing Manager Janet Webster this week to finalise what Quickslide want on their pitch side boards, the tracksuits, management kit, the hi-viz jackets and corner flags.

Following the cancellation of the pre-season Dan Wilkinson Foundation game, with Barnsley club Shaw Lane going out of business, Town have now arranged for Prescot Cables to visit on Thursday, August 9.

With Town having been moved to Evo-Stik Division One East, they may only meet clubs from over the Pennines in cup ties. The draws for the early round of the FA Cup will be made in the first week of July.

Town will be holding their first Footballing Fun Week from Monday, August 6 until Friday the 10 (9am-4.30pm) at their St Giles Road ground. The cost is £20 per day or £75 for the week.

It will include a week of fun football development/coaching by Level 2 UEFA B and UEFA A licensed coaches for both boys and girls, aged 5 to 13 and maybe older age groups if children and parents are interested.

Refreshments and snacks will be available and lunch can be provided for £5 per day.

BRIGHOUSE TOWN Ladies will host a Yorkshire-wide junior girls football tournament this weekend as they look to develop the club beyond first team activities.

The long-awaited Gala Day on Saturday will see seven-a-side teams compete in World Cup style group stages in four age categories, with teams from around the north descending on the Yorkshire Payments Stadium to compete for the inaugural trophies.

First team players such as youth coach Emma Dobson and keeper Steph Jones will lend their assistance.

Manager Rob Mitchell said: “We’re all set for a festival of football. It will be great to showcase what we are about as a club with entertainment on offer for all the family.”

With the reintroduction of a development side next season Town will also feature a new under-16 outfit led by player-coach Rebecca Joyce.

Town’s league opponents for next season have finally been confirmed with Mitchell’s side in Division One North for a third consecutive year.

They will be facing familiar foes such as Leeds United, Newcastle United and Liverpool Feds next season. Burnley and Norton & Stockton are two newcomers.

Gala Day begins at 9am on Saturday with the under nine and under-10 games kicking off at 9.30am.

The under-11s and under-12s get under way at 1.30pm.