Brighouse Town set to lose star striker Facey
The prospect of losing striker Danny Facey has brought Brighouse Town back to earth after their record 8-0 win over Droylsden on Monday. Barnsley club Shaw Lane Aquaforce slapped a seven day notice on the experienced player, who looks likely to miss tomorrow’s visit from inform Spennymoor Town (3.0) in the Evo-Stik NPL League.
Facey, a proven goal scorer formerly with Albion Sports, Bradford Park Avenue and Ossett Town, missed Town’s runaway success over Droylsden at the start of the week as his recently born baby had been taken into hospital.
The seven day notice from the wealthy Aquaforce was up last night and assistant manager Mark Booth has told noncontracted Facey they would like him to stay but if there is a good deal on the table for the Huddersfield-based man, Brighouse can’t compete.
Town have also lost Halifax-based midfielder Ben Atkinson back to his parent club Curzon Ashton, while James Hurtley and Leon Henry both face late fitness checks ahead of Saturday’s game.
Striker Steve Hollingworth is back in the frame after missing Monday’s game due to a family engagement but central defender Adam Field is out for three weekswith an ankle injury picked up at Prescot last weekend.
Spennymoor, who are expected to give Town their biggest home gate of the season so far, are unbeaten in 2016 af- ter an indifferent start to the season.
Town, who now sit 10th, were 3-1 winners at The Brewery Field back in October with a brace from Ernest Boafo and a Ryan Hall goal.
Fourth- placed Spennymoor’s latest success came on Monday night against relegation- threatened Harrogate Railway Athletic in a 4-0 win to follow up last Saturday’s 6-1 home win over Kendal Town.
Brighouse will go into tomorrow’s game on the back of contrasting results against teams from the lower reaches of the division over the last week.
They disappointed in a 2-1 defeat at Prescot Cables last Saturday when they trailed to a Phil Bannister penalty on 16 minutes and a looping Joe Evans header after 57 before James Pollard got one back with an excellent free kick on 82 minutes.
Paul Quinn’s men responded in emphatic style on Monday when they crushed Droylsden 8-0 at Hove Edge on Monday.
Sam Hewitt’s header from a corner gave Town the lead after 12 minutes and Ryan Hall rounded the ‘keeper to make it 2-0 six minutes later.
The hosts added a third on 35 minutes when they broke quickly following a Droylsden corner for Tom Haigh to finish.
The influential Tom Robinson’s through-ball set up Hall to lob the ‘keeper on 54 minutes before Robinson got in on the scoring himself.
Brighouse substitutes Connah Judson, Isaac Baldwin and Kurt Harris added to the tally in the closing 13 minutes. Brighouse Old Boys put in their worst performance of the season in a 4-3 home loss to local rivals Wyke Wanderers in the West Yorkshire League. After an even start on the 3G pitch at Lightcliffe Academy, Wyke had a player sent off for a two-footed challenge. Old Boys quickly went ahead through aRichard Heins’ penalty, only for Wyke to level soon after. Brighouse regained the lead through Lee but the hosts eased off and Wyke tapped the ball in for 2-2 after 30 minutes. Wyke took a deserved lead when home ‘keeper Jason Hibbert’s attempted clearance was charged down. Old Boys wasted possession in the second-half while Wyke showed spirit, increasing their lead from the penalty spot after Lee Williams’ reckless challenge. In the last 15 minutes Old Boys made inroads. Lee had a headed goal disallowed and although sub Pete Kulezko scored from an acute angle it was not enough. Brighouse were due to face Field FC under floodlights on Wednesday night but the game was postponed. They host Halifax Irish Club in the last eight of the Halifax FA Cup on Saturday (1.45). Old Boys’ reserves lost 8-0 away to high flying Leeds City Reserves last weekend. They go to Beeston St. Anthony’s Reserves on Saturday.
On the move? Danny Facey has scored eight goals for Brighouse Town this season
Eli Hey scored three for Irish