Cup rules could hamper development side’s progress

THE second leg of the Lancashire League Cup tie against Silsden was awarded to Brighouse’s development side without a ball being kicked.

Following the 5-1 home defeat in the first leg, Silsden decided to withdraw from the competition and give Brighouse passage to the next round.

In the first leg,Kurt Harris and Jack Normanton had given Town a commanding 2-0 lead inside the opening eight minutes.

Once Silsden had quickly responded, Normanton volleyed home to restore the two-goal advantage.

Jean Khasa came off the bench to make it 4-1 and Marc Everingham sealed the win with a 30-yard strike.

After being awarded the tie on Monday, an in-house friendly was organised with two teams drawn from the whole development squad and first-team squad members needing some game time.

These included Sam Hewitt, Ben Thornton, Kurt Harris, Isaac Baldwin, James Hurtley and Jimmy Pollard and Will Tolley also got 55 minutes on his way back from injury.

The development team face RIASA East in the next round of the cup – a tie again to be decided over two legs. The first is at Leeds Beckett University on Friday, November 27 and the return leg at Brighouse on Monday the 30th.

“We have already played a close league game with these opponents earlier in the season when drawing 2-2 and so it will be a tough encounter,” said manager Charlie Tolley.

“The cup competitions get harder as we progress as not only do the opposition get stronger but our ability to select our strongest side is impacted by our goal of trying to get development team players first-team experience. If they play with the first team, even if only for a fleeting appearance from the bench, they are precluded from the district cup competition for 28 days.”