Town’s FA Cup dreams were dashed by a bit of magic from Stockport’s Kyle Jacobs, whose 67th minute thunderbolt put the home side into the next round.
Town travelled to Edgeley Park with the hope of pulling of what would be another FA Cup giant killing act.
Ten years ago Town were playing park football with Stockport County rubbing shoulders with the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle United and West Ham.
But what a difference a few years makes, as Town outplayed and outfought a side who still play three divisions above the NCEL Premier Division outfit.
It was a marvellous afternoon for the large travelling support from Yorkshire with around 300 making the journey.
The game was only two minutes old when Ernest Boafo broke down the rightand slipped Tom Matthews in but the normally prolific hit-man, pulled his shot wide of Ian Ormson’s’s goal.
The shot almost fell nicely for Ryan Hall but the Town flyer couldn’t quite get on the end of it.
Three minutes later a flick on by Boafo had Hall in again but Ormson was alive to the danger. Matthews then created havoc again, but his cross eluded Boafo who was well positioned to score.
There were seven minutes on the clock before County had a sight of Town’s goal, but Tunji Moses shot wide from just outside the box.
Paul Quinn had obviously done his homework and his side should have taken the lead, when Danny Naidole found Hall just inside the County box.
The Town winger slipped fullback Ben Thornton in who found himself one-on-one with Ormson but he pulled his shot wide.
Hall and and Boafo pulled County’s centre half pairing of James Tunnicliffe and Keiran Charnock all over the place before Joe Mitchell also fired wide.
Town had a big let off on 20 minutes when a corner from the right was met by Tunnicliffe. Brighouse ‘keeper Jacob Giles parried the ball, but Town captain Leon Henry cleared off the line.
Town had their best chance when County’s right back Jordan Fagbola dithered on the the ball and Matthews robbed the fullback and cut in from the right but placed his shot over the bar with Ormson stranded.
Hall then had a one-on- one run with Jacobs but the winger was forced out wide and Stockport recovered.
Ben Small flicked on a Naidole pass which sent Hall in again, but at the edge of County box, a last ditch tackle and toe end from Tunnicliffe forced the ball wide and then the cross was cleared for a corner.
Then on 45 minutes Hall cut in from the left. His shot was blocked on the six yard box and Boafo, Hall and Matthews all had shots stopped before the ball was hacked clear.
Town were guilty of squandering good chances again in the second half as Hall headed the ball over the bar from close range.
Town were like lightning again on the break, and County had Ormson to thank again as he denied Matthews.
Jacob Giles made his first save of the second half on 61 minutes, when substitute Aman Verma shot straight him.
Then on 67 minutes came the strike from Jacobs that was worthy of winning any game.
A cross from the right had Town in trouble; Henry and Danny Naidole blocked the initial danger, but the ball broke for Jacobs who arrowed his shot past Giles who could only manage to get his fingertips to it.
Town recovered well and n the final minutesJaggar put in an overhead kick that went narrowly wide.
Giles spent most of the last five minutes in the opposition penalty area, as a succession of corners and free kicks and long throws were launched at the home side, but there was no last minute joy.
Stockport County 1 Brighouse Town 0
By Darren Laycock
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