Brighouse Town may have bowed out of the FA Cup at the second qualifying round stage but it has not left a negative feeling for anyone at the club.
Manager Paul Quinn was so proud of Saturday’s performance in the 1-0 defeat at former Football League club Stockport County that he feels it will have a positive impact on their season.
“The way we performed was outstanding,” said Quinn.
“We will take the confidence from that game and use it to push on in the league.
“It was a good arena and they are a good side and of course we are disappointed.
“We missed a few chances and there is a little bit of what could have been against a side three levels above us on the FA pyramid.
“Of course we were never going to win the FA Cup but we have done what we set out to do and have a good run.
“We have achieved our target and now we will get back to looking at promotion and enjoying a run in the FA Vase.
“Fortunately we have no injuries from Saturday, just some tired legs from working hard for 90 minutes on a big pitch.
“It’s been back to training Wednesday evening where we just did a light session and make plans for the weekend.
“What Saturday’s game has done is taught us a good lesson in performing under pressure. We are going to have more big games this season and this has certainly given us the experience we need.
“One of the best things about Saturday was the fans of both clubs.
“There was around 1800 at Stockport with around 300 from Brighouse.
“At the end of the game both Town fans and Stockport fans were on their feet to give our players a standing ovation. It was a fitting end and I have never been so proud of everyone.
“It was fantastic and a memory that will live with me for a long time.”
Chairman Ray McLaughlin added: “ Despite the result, it was a fantastic experience for everyone, and I was especially pleased that so many of our committee were able to travel over on the team coach and enjoy the experience together.
“We have a very hard working committee and there isn’t much thanks or glamour attached to the work involved staffing games during the winter months at the Dual Seal Stadium, so last Saturday was in some ways a reward for their efforts over the years helping at Brighouse Town.
“When we arrived at Edgeley Park we could not have been better looked after by our hosts.
“We were shown into the Boardroom for tea and biscuits with the home committee and match officials followed by a pre-match meal and drinks and we then had the option of watching the game from the Directors box or from the stand behind the goal were the Brighouse fans were congregated.
“After the game we all met up in the Player’s Lounge and attempted to ease the disappointment with a few beers and an impromptu sing-song before taking the team coach back to Brighouse.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who travelled over to support us, the players commented afterwards how much their backing had helped them throughout the game.
“Stockport may have lost their League status, but they have lost none of their professionalism in the way they staged the game and they went out of their way to make sure we had a day to remember.
“ If we had got the result maybe our performance deserved, it would have capped off an already memorable day and the lasting feeling could be best summed up as - never been so disappointed, but never been so proud.”
Town return to Toolstation NCEL action this weekend away at Barnsley based Athersley Recreation (Saturday, October 5, 3.00pm) and then it is back to cup action when they travel to Leeds in the West Riding County Cup first round to play Yorkshire Amateur AFC on Tuesday (7.45pm).