BRIGHOUSE TOWN supporters still troubled over the promotion snub to the Premier Division have had some good news in the past 48 hours, centre-back Callum Hall who didn't play a single game last season, will be able to commence light pre-season training.
Hall, 24, the former Howden Clough, Halifax Town academy and Burnley academy player who joined Town in 2017 from Emley, has successfully had an operation for a ruptured ACL and can't wait to get cracking again.
"I have missed the involvement and being in the dressing and on the field with the lads and its been a long hard road to come back from," he said.
"All being well I should be ready for a pre-season friendly by August and then the build and push for a place in the team. The 6ft 5ins tall commanding defender when he played for Dewsbury junior side Howden Clough won six Huddersfield and District Cup Finals in a row before heading to the Shay and later Turf Moor.
While Town's manager Vill Powell is still incensed his club is one of two denied promotion with the five from seven ruling in Step 4 at the start of the season on a points per game ratio, has kept his counsel when interviewed, whereas Julian Dicks, the manager of Heybridge Swifts, the other club snubbed, had a right old `hit out' at the FA in the Non-League paper last Sunday. The former West Ham and Liverpool fullback, manager of the Bostik North club, fumed: "It is an absolute disgrace. They (the FA) should hang their heads in shame. They say we all knew the rules, of course we did but that doesn't make it right. The boys worked so hard all season for what? For nothing. If we had turned around and said that we were not going to play the play-off final because we couldn't go up then we would have been fined."
Town can only hope that something does fall their way in maybe a club's demise but it is not looking good and hurts all the more when in the 2014-15 season they beat Salford City 3-1 at the Yorkshire Payments stadium and last Saturday at Wembley in the National League play-off final the Class of 92's side beat AFC Fylde 3-0 to move into the Football League's Division 2.
In the meantime Town have fielded an offer of a pre-season friendly from Ferrari Lowland League club East Stirling who groundshare with Falkirk, the home town of the late George Mulhall, the former Halifax Town manager who died last year aged 81 and supported the Brighouse club with his sons George Jun and Neil.
In the 2015-16 season East Stirling lost their place in the Scottish League set up after a 61 year tenure. They lost the Division Two play-off to Edinburgh City 2-1 on aggregate and dropped down into the Lowland League. They have already fixed up a friendly for Friday, July 12 at Frickley Athletic and want to play Town on the Saturday, July 13.
That is also a date Bradford Park Avenue have put forward with two other dates for the following week and Town will entertain promoted Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division club Farsley Celtic on Saturday, July 6 (3.0). The Leeds-based club have had two successive promotions to now find themselves in National League North.
Warrington Town, who Town have had some battles with in previous seasons in the Evo-Stik League Division One before the split to East and West Division, failed in extra-time to beat Kings Lynn in the Premier Division Play-off final to join Farsley Celtic.
Committee member Ellis Aked and supporter Alan Kenyon and their wives will represent Town at the Evo-Stik League's annual dinner and presentation night in Blackpool in mid-June. They will collect the Golden Boot award for striker Aaron Martin who cannot attend as he will be attending the wedding of manager Vill Powell and his bride-to-be Carmel Mach. Martin is a cousin of the Town manager who ties the knot on Saturday, June 15.
Town have this week carried out their annual pitch maintenance with all that entails and now they just need some good growing weather to get it all ready for the pre-season matches that commence in July.