Brighouse Town’s Wembley dream came to an end on Saturday but left the Isle of Wight full of praise for the way they represented the town.
Fans and committee members made the 550 mile round trip with the squad who were knocked out of the FA Vase competition by Newport IW losing 2-1.
Despite the loss, the trip galvanised the club together and did the town proud with their performance with plenty of praise coming from fans on the Isle of Wight. Graham Snow said on Twitter: “I am a Newport IoW supporter, I thought you did your town proud today, until we scored, you were the best side.
“It was nice having you all in the club at Newport after the game, good luck for the rest of the season.”
John Simpkins said: “Brighouse Town FC, nice club nice people, and great singers, #winyourleague.”
Portmaster said: “All credit to Brighouse Town FC who were a credit to their town and league both on and off the pitch. Good luck in the league.”
Setting off on their journey on Friday, the travelling party left the Old Mill car park at 8am before they stopped off at St George’s Park in Burton for a training session.
After an overnight stay in Southampton they took the ferry over to the Isle of Wight.
The cup loss has now focused the team in triumphing in the Baris Northern Counties Eastern Premier Division.
Manager Paul Quinn commented on Twitter after the cup defeat: “A very proud man tonight, Brighouse Town dominated the game and did the town proud, players gave everything, what an experience.”
The players are also in determined mood with goalkeeper Thomas Taylor saying it was an amazing weekend with Brighouse Town and it was a shame they didn’t get the result but the spirit of the lads and fans was outstanding.
James Sutcliffe also added: “Still gutted we didn’t win yesterday but I have to say it’s the best set of lads, staff and committee I’ve been involved with at Brighouse Town.”