PREVIEW: Brighouse Town (H)

Having had a week off following the disappointing defeat at Workington last Saturday, the Rams will be looking to get back on board as they welcome Brighouse Town to the HWRS.

Brighouse arrive in mid table after a 1-0 home defeat against Marine on Monday night, leaving them with 9 points from eight games, and an away record of one win one draw and one defeat, whilst the Rams have just dropped out of the play-off spots with 13 points from their seven games.

The Rams 100% home record will be tested against a club that was cruelly denied promotion last season after winning the East Division play-off, due to the ludicrous attempt by the FA to re-design the non-league pyramid. Our sympathies lie with our west Yorkshire rivals, and, indeed, had we been successful in our play-off quest last season, we would probably have suffered the same unfair result.

It seems quite obvious that clubs at our level receive very little consideration when the likes of Liverpool can escape being thrown out of the EFL cup for fielding an ineligible player (a mere slap on the wrist and a fine that is loose change to them). Kidsgrove Athletic were unceremoniously booted out of the FA Trophy last season for the same offence. Our neighbours Bury are too small to stand up to the “might” of the EFL, but the arrogance of the big boys yet again sees the authorities cower to their power. Their defeated opponents MK Dons merely received a token apology!

So what better way to ignore the arrogance of the top-level clubs in favour of real football, with a trip to the HWRS and what potentially could be an excellent competitive game of football.