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Carry On Powell

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Evo-Stik League North club Brighouse Town are retaining their manager Vill Powell and his staff for next season, and chairman Charles Tolley says the ongoing arrangement with the former Sheffield Wednesday player was never in doubt.

“Vill has done a remarkable job after being left with just five of last season’s successful squad to form the foundations of a squad,” Tolley told the Brighouse Echo. “He is a top qualified coach with excellent man management skills and has certainly brought players in over the season who will form a solid backbone to other targets he has already marked down to come to the club.

“It is his first job in management and he has shown the committee and myself he is the man for the job to take us forward and he has already mapped out his pre-season and further plans for the club which we will be revealing in the next few weeks.”

An obviously pleased Powell following Monday night’s convincing 2-0 win over Clitheroe, commented on the result and safety for his club in the Evo-Stik North.

“We went into Monday night’s game knowing that three points would secure our place in the division. The message to the players was not to panic and apply unnecessary pressure to ourselves. It was about high intensity game management and constant work rate.

“I thought the tension in our game was evident for the first 25 minutes where we gave away numerous unnecessary free kicks in dangerous areas but from start to finish our back four and keeper were immense and looked solid and well organised from the outset and managed their strike force well and kept them quiet.

“Once we settled down we took a foothold in the game and got a goal through Adam Field through an assist from Aaron Martin who returned from injury which kept him out Scarborough Athletic and showed how important he is to the team by occupying four defenders and constantly being a threat.

“Monday night’s result means we can now look forward rather than below as the target is forty-six points as, although we have secured our place at this level next season, we now need to get a result on Saturday at home to Prescot Cables.”

Town, who have released Lincoln-based former Grantham Town midfielder Kegan Everington- one of three players signed on deadline day back in March – face the Merseysiders who clinched a play-off place on Tuesday night with a 2-1 home win over Bamber Bridge.

Then on Monday night they entertain Ramsbottom United, who had a good 3-1 win on Tuesday at home to Kendal Town.

Powell, with striker Gabriel Johnson heading off to Cuba for a long time arranged holiday the day after the Scarborough game last Saturday and another striker, Mohammed Ibrahim arranging to get his mother on a flight to Ghana after his grandma had passed away last Friday, brought back Ernest Boafa in to the squad for Monday’s game with Clitheroe.

Boafa had been playing on dual registration at Toolstation Northern Counties East League side Harrogate Railway Athletic alongside his former manager at Town, Paul Quinn.

Dave Parker

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