THE fixture list has not exactly afforded Ossett Town many favours this term – and it does not get any easier tonight.
John Reed’s 18th-placed side face another of the big-hitters in visiting Scarborough Athletic in the Evo-Stik First Division North, and while luck has not been kind to Town either this term, their vastly-experienced boss is firmly looking to the future.
Reed said: “There are probably about eight to 10 big clubs who are going to fight for the title and Scarborough are one of them. It has been a tough start; we had a great start at Clitheroe, but then had three very tough games.
“Against Farsley, we lost in the last minute and then got beat at Warrington, who are one of the big five budget teams, when we gave a soft penalty away. Then we lost against one of the main three teams in Spennymoor that had nothing to do with any of my players, but the officials.
“Overall, I have been disappointed as I believe we should have been two to three points better off, but we must just get on with it now; we can’t turn the clock back.”
He added: “Scarborough will be tough, they have won four or five on the trot and have a healthy budget.
“But if I put it into context, I had five 18-year-old lads in the team and if we can keep them together and see them through to next season, then next year, we might be okay.”
Elsewhere tomorrow, Ossett Albion face a toughie at Salford City and Brighouse tackle more high-flying opposition in visiting Spennymoor.
In the Premier, Frickley visit Buxton and Goole go to Carlton in the First Division South.
NCEL League Cup action sees Tadcaster host Knaresborough in a derby. Also in the second round, Eccleshill visit AFC Emley and Garforth Town go to Heanor.
Selby welcome Stockport Sports in an FA Vase first-qualifying round replay.