Brighouse Town will go into tomorrow’s big FA Cup first round qualifying clash against Crook Town at the Dual Seal Stadium (3.00) without frontman Kieran Ryan.
The close-season signing from Bay Athletic has been sidelined by a stress fracture of the left foot, picked up during Tuesday’s 5-1 derby win at Liversedge.
Paul Quinn’s side went ninth in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division with that win, sealed by Luke Gibson, Tom Mathews, Danny Naidole, Leon Henry and Joe Thornton.
Now the focus shifts to their first appearance at this stage of the famous competition, sealed with wins over Seaham Red Star and Billingham Synthonia.
Crook toppled Evo-Stik (Northern Premier) League side Kendal Town in the previous round, but head to West Yorkshire having suffered a 6-1 setback at the hands of Newcastle Benfield on Wednesday.
FC Halifax Town head to Forest Green Rovers aiming to maintain their bright start in the Skrill Conference.
Neil Aspin’s side are fifth, a place and a point above Forest Green, who haven’t lost in four matches.
Halifax will be confident after their 2-1 win over previously unbeaten Barnet last Saturday.
Aspin said: “It was a fantastic win, the best of the season against a talented side who will finish high up in the table.
“I can’t praise my players enough.”