Amateur Football: AFC Emley still hopeful as Kirklees call of local football and rugby on their pitches
Dec 4 2009 by Dougie Thomson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
AFC EMLEY hope to beat the wet weather which has forced the postponement of all local football matches on Kirklees pitches.
Ian Banks’ side are due to tackle Brighouse Town at the Welfare Ground (3.00) – a week after their Northern Counties East League First Division meeting at Hove Edge was postponed because of waterlogging.
AFC’s scheduled reserve clash with Golcar United at the Welfare Ground on Wednesday fell victim to the rain.
But club chiefs are hopeful the Brighouse game will go ahead, providing Town fans not going to Leeds with some live action.
Emley, fourth in the table compared to Brighouse’s fifth, will be without midfielder Josh Wright, who is expected to be out for a further three weeks with ankle ligament damage.
Meanwhile Wright’s fellow midfielder Mark Brady and winger Josh Nodder are joining Ossett Town and Dinnington Town respectively.
Experienced Brady has taken a coaching position at UniBond League Ossett, who have just appointed former Hull and Wolves player Peter Daniel as manager.
“Mark has shown a great attitude and is a very conscientious player,” said Banks. “We had a conversation and decided it was a good move for him.”
Nodder will now be operating in the Northern Counties Premier Division, and Banks explained: “I was reluctant to let Josh go, because he is a young lad with a lot of talent.
“But due to work commitments, his appearances have been limited. Dinnington is closer for him geographically and I hope he does well. I have left the door open if it does not work out.”
District League chiefs say the 14 matches taking place on private pitches tomorrow will be down to the discretion of the referee.