Brig boss Reynolds has eyes on top spot

Danny Forbes in action against Brighouse Town on Saturday - a game which Brig won 4-2
Danny Forbes in action against Brighouse Town on Saturday - a game which Brig won 4-2

There will be no room for sentiment tonight as Neil Reynolds looks to heap more misery on his good friend Steve Cunningham.

The Brig boss knows his men can hit the summit of the NPL First Division North if they can get the better of derby rivals Colne this evening at Holt House.

The Reds, who are managed by Cunningham, are in the middle of a dire run of results which has seen them pick up just one point from their previous five league games.

By contrast, Brig are in a rich vein of form and are bidding for their ninth consecutive victory this evening in all competitions.

Currently second in the table, they can leap-frog above leaders South Shields if they collect all three points on offer in East Lancashire this evening.

Reynolds believes Colne’s fortunes will turn around soon, although he is hoping that will wait until after this evening’s encounter. . “I am good friends with Steve. We go back a long way .

“We played together; I did my cruciate knee ligament when I was at Clitheroe and went on loan to Colne for a few games during my recovery.

“I got to know Steve then and we’ve kept in touch ever since. We speak a lot, we try to help each other out, but our phones calls have lessened over the last few weeks because we had this fixture coming up.

“He’s a good friend, but I will be fully concentrating on getting all three points tonight.”

Colne have been hampered in recent weeks by the loss of a few key players, but Reynolds reckons Cunningham will have them fired up.

“They have lost a couple of key players,” said Reynolds, whose team host Mossley on Saturday. “Their captain Michael Morrison has joined Padiham this week.

“But it’s a massive game for us, but I’m sure they will be looking at us at the top of the table and want to put a marker down.”

On the injury front, skipper Matt Lawlor is fit after suffering an eye injury, while Adam Dodd is back from suspension.

Macauley Wilson is out for four weeks with an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, defender Josh Heaton has been released from his contract and is free to talk to other clubs.