Brighouse keen to build on good start

Setting Standards: Brighouse boss Mick Couzens
Setting Standards: Brighouse boss Mick Couzens

NEW Brighouse Town boss Mick Couzens will be looking for his side to build on a tremendous start to pre-season against Farsley AFC when they entertain Emley tomorrow.

Town beat their Evo Stik One North neighbours 4-3 in midweek in Couzens’ first game in charge.

But the Town manager knows that will count for nothing should they fail to reproduce the same form against an Emley side which plays in NCE League Division One.

“They are the standards I have set,” said Couzens following Tuesday’s impressive victory.

“But that door is shut and we have to look forward to playing Emley.

“I will not accept a slip in the standard of performance.”

Ryan Brook fired Brighouse in front against Farsley after just three minutes and, after the visitors had scored twice to take the lead, Jacob Lever levelled.

Craig Thomson made it 3-2 to Brighouse but Farsley made it 3-3 and it needed a Wayne Crossley penalty to secure the win.

“If you went in as a semi-pro manager for the first time after being in charge of under 19 and reserve teams and Farsley is your first game you might expect to lose,” said Couzens.

“And it was the last chance for some of Farsley’s players because they brought two full teams with them.

“I hadn’t really expected to win the game, but we matched them all the way and that was after just two weeks of training.”

Brook will be missing from tomorrow’s squad and will be replaced by former Bradford Park Avenue man Steve Hollingworth.

He will join several other players from the Horsfall Stadium - Thomson, Lever, Shane Hamilton and keeper Ben Imeson - in the squad.

“Emley play in the division below us and will be keen to claim our scalp,” said Couzens, who is keen to integrate the newcomers with those players from last season’s squad and the under 19 players at the club.

And he wants to ensure that everyone at St Giles Road enjoys their football.

“You only have a few years playing football at the highest level you can,” he said. “And you should play with a smile on your face.

“Mistakes will happen but it is important that you don’t dwell on them and you move on. They are not the end of the world.”

Tomorrow’s game will be Emley’s third away from home in pre-season. They won 3-0 at Eccleshill United and drew 2-2 at Tadcaster Albion.

Brighouse squad: Ben Imeson, Joe Swallow, Chris Wdowczyk, Damian Gomersall, Matthew Parker, Wayne Crossley, Danny Hull, Craig Thomson, Shane Hamilton, Jacob Lever, Alex O’Keefe, Antony Brown, Matthew Woofenden, Dale Feather, Clark Lydon, Steve Hollingworth.