Renno praises Macca

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The ex-North Ender – who made more than 400 appearances for the Deepdale club – joined Brig earlier this season in what was a major coup for the club.

After leaving Hull City during the summer of 2013, McKenna spent a year out of the game but was coaxed into playing again when he received a phone call from Brig manager Neil Crowe in September.

Although McKenna’s time at the club did not get off to the best of starts – Brig failed to win in his first five games – his undoubted ability has begun to shine through.

His next seven appearances in the club’s colours all resulted in victories.

And although he was not able to prevent Brig from losing 2-1 in the Doodson Cup at Northwich on Tuesday night – despite scoring direct from a corner – McKenna’s influence since his arrival has been crucial according to Reynolds.

“I can’t put into words how good Paul has been both on and off the pitch,” Reynolds said.

“He’s come into our dressing room and been a terrific influence

“What he brings to the team in terms of quality on the ball is just fantastic.

“It’s not only that though, he helps us to keep our shape on the pitch – he’s doing mine and Neil Crowe’s job on the park.

“It took time for him to adapt to our style of play and for the team to adapt to him – I think we went four or five games without a win when he first came.

“But you can’t ignore his quality – he’s that good.

“You don’t have the career that he has had without being a great player.

“Everybody else in the team has raised their game 10% playing alongside him.

“What has also happened is a lot more people are coming through the turnstiles at the Sit Tom Finney Stadium.

“A lot of North End fans are coming to see him play and see how he is making Brig a better team.”

This weekend, Reynolds and his players travel to Farsley for what should be a crucial contest.

Brig are currently sixth in the NPL First Division North – just two points behind their opponents tomorrow, who occupy the last remaining play-off place.

The next few weeks before Christmas could have a huge bearing on Brig’s season.

As well as the match against Farsley tomorrow, they also play league leaders Darlington 1883 next Saturday, before travelling to Warrington Town, who they defeated in last season’s play-off semi-finals.

Lancaster City will be hoping to build on their cup victory over Witton Albion in midweek when they face Harrogate Railway Athletic at Giant Axe tomorrow.

The Dolly Blues moved through to the third round of the Doodson Cup on Tuesday thanks to a 4-2 victory.

The win over Albion was a welcome boost for Darren Peacock’s men as they have suffered three successive league defeats.

They have dropped to 14th in the NPL First Division North table and were inactive last weekend as their match away to high-flying Darlington 1883 was postponed due to the weather.

Harrogate are six points ahead of City – although they have played three games more.

Elsewhere in the First Division North, Kendal Town will have to be at their best when they travel to Scarborough Athletic tomorrow.

The North East outfit have won seven of their nine games at home this campaign and are firmly in the promotion hunt. Town have lost their past two games in the league, including last weekend’s 3-0 home defeat against Farsley.

Burscough are another team struggling for form, having lost their previous couple of games in the league.

Tomorrow, they will be looking for an upturn in fortunes at Ossett Albion.

Clitheroe are without a game, due to their scheduled opponents Warrington Town being in FA Cup action at Gateshead.