There were mixed emotions in the Brighouse Town dressing room on Tuesday night after they were knocked out of the League Cup at the third round stage by Long Eaton.
Manager Paul Quinn gave several members of the Development squad an opportunity and they did not disappoint.
“Obviously we would have liked to have progressed. We were 30 seconds off winning so of course there are mixed emotions but our main focus is the league,” said Quinn
“We knew with all the changes that we made winning would be a tall order, but we still put a side out that we knew could go out there and win. It would have been disrespectful to Long Eaton if we hadn’t.
“Naturally both sides would have liked to have closed the game earlier and there were a lot of tired legs out there, but when it came to asking the lads to step up for the penalties they were confident.
“Everyone took their penalties well but it is a lottery.”
Luke Gibson also played the full 120 minutes after not playing much recently.
“It was our intention to get him through the whole game, not knowing it would go on so long, “added Quinn. “He worked his socks off and was my man of the match.”
Town are back on the road on Saturday at Maltby Main and then Tuesday against Thackley, who both sit mid table.
Meanwhile, all the efforts to get the ground up to scratch pending promotion, should hopefully be rubber stamped by the end of the month.
Officials from the FA are due to look at the additional improvements and chairman Ray McLaughlin is confident that the work will meet with their standards.
Clubs had to submit their intentions back in November and eight clubs have done so, with the exception of Barton Town Old Boys.
It’s a game at a time but Tadcaster Albion, the league leaders, who have played seven games more than Town, are obviously now the target.