Victory will keep Brighouse Town's destiny in their own hands

Paul Quinn hopes Brighouse Town aren't too drained after a marathon midweek League Cup tie

Paul Quinn hopes Brighouse Town aren't too drained after a marathon midweek League Cup tie

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Brighouse Town will be looking for another maximum from Saturday's trip to Maltby Main to keep their title hopes alive.

Town are third in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division and are currently eight points off second spot - but they do have four games in hand.

Paul Quinn’s men would break through the 70-point barrier with as much as a draw but the manager knows it is victories that are needed to maintain the pressure on the top two and keep Town’s destiny in their own hands.

In contrast, Maltby are drifting in 15th spot with just 41 points from 38 starts.

Town have been in top form in the league, taking 13 points from a possible 15 in an unbeaten five- game run since the beginning of February, but they will have to dig deep after a draining midweek match.

They had home advantage in a League Cup tie but the kick-off was delayed, they had to play extra time and they were eventually beaten 10-9 in a marathon penalty shoot-out.

Neighbours Thackley are struggling to find form, having also been knocked out of the cup in midweek on the back of three straight league defeats.

The Dennyboys are stuck in a very congested mid-table. They travel to Bridlington Town this weekend, and there would be no better time to snap out of their dismal run.

Brid are seventh, six places higher than their visitors, but only one point better off.

Liversedge are struggling and dropped to 20th following a 1-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Nostell MW last week.

However, Sedge are not under any immediate threat themselves as they are 15 points clear of the drop zone.

They will be wary of a backlash when they host high-flying Pickering Town on Saturday. The North Yorkshire outfit will be out to avenge Sedge’s 4-0 win at Pickering in the reverse fixture.

Eccleshill United could not face a more daunting task in Division One as they host leaders Bottesford Town.

The Eagles worked hard to earn a draw at Dronfield in midweek after yet another sending off.

Defender Ryan Gaughan was dismissed after captain Jermaine Springer had been shown a red card, and manager Lee Duxbury sent from the dugout in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Shirebrook Town.

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