Ossett Town look to cross Bridge and build on Wakefield FC win

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OSSETT Town will look to maintain their good start to 2012 when they travel across the Pennines to face Bamber Bridge on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Phil Sharpe’s men thumped ten-man Wakefield FC on Monday - their first win since mid-November - to kick-off the new year in winning fashion.

Mid-table Bridge are set to be a tougher nut to crack but Sharpe has confidence in his men to return with something to show for their efforts.

“They’re one of the bigger spenders in this division and I think they’re underachieving a bit so far,” he said.

“But they won away at Skelmersdale [United] on Monday which is a great result.

“We don’t really know what to expect [from them] but we know we can go away and beat anyone.”

Town have suffered a blow with the news winger Danny Frost will be sidelined for around three months after suffering an ankle injury in the Boxing Day stalemate with Ossett Albion.

Luke Richardson and Danny Clapham are also expected to miss out through injury while striker Neil Towler remains sidelined through suspension.

The set-backs have seen Sharpe turn to the transfer market to bolster his squad and Town fans could see some new players in the coming weeks.

“We’ve got a few targets and hopefully we can do something in the next couple of weeks,” he said.

“We’re a bit short on strikers so that’s an area we’re looking at.”

Freefalling Wakefield FC will look to put the breaks on an alarming slide down the Evo-Stik Division 1 North table on Saturday when they host leaders Curzon Ashton at Stade France (kick-off 3pm).

The Bears will be keen to bounce straight back from their defeat against Town but will find the going no easier against the table-toppers, who will be big favourites to leave with maximum points.

Defeat for Wakefield could see them fall into the relegation zone if local rivals Ossett Albion pick up three points and overturn their goal difference deficit this weekend.

Albion host Clitheroe at the Warehouse Systems Stadium (kick-off 3pm) and will be in confident mood going into the contest.

The Dimple Wells club have given their survival hopes a big boost with a six-game unbeaten run, the latest being a creditable 1-1 draw at Durham City on Monday.

See this week’s Wakefield Express Sport for all the latest news from our local Evo-Stik Premier League clubs.