BRIGHOUSE Town’s U18 side travelled to Scunthorpe to play in the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup for the second season running with high hopes of progressing to the next round and creating a little bit of club history after two great performances in the previous rounds.
For the first time this season the defensive cohesion of Matt Hartley and Sam Gott was not as assured as in previous games and only some last gasp tackles from covering fullbacks Conner Tuff and Rob Wadsworth and alert goalkeeping from Richard Roberts prevented the home side clear goal scoring opportunities.
The half time talk centred on encouraging the team to play more passing football and to retain better control of the ball.
It was clear to everyone watching the game that one goal was likely to win the tie and the game began to get stretched from end-to-end with both sides going out to secure that elusive goal.
With 80 minutes on the clock Brighouse forced a corner that was collected by the home goalkeeper, who launched a long high ball down the field. The ball was not dealt with by either centre half allowing the home forward to break clear and hit an unstoppable shot past Roberts in the Brighouse goal.
Bottesford Town 1
Brighouse Town 0
FA Youth Cup first round proper
BRIGHOUSE Town enter a very busy and certainly tough looking November with a home league game on Saturday with eighth-placed Thackley (3.00).
Then on Tuesday evening, November 6 (7.45) it’s sixth-placed Long Eaton United who are the visitors.
“We are certainly playing those around us this month and it’s a good job that Paul (Quinn) has strengthened the squad,” said chairman, Ray McLaughlin.
“Last week’s 3-1 win at Hall Road Rangers put us in third place in the division behind leaders Bridlington and second-placed Scarborough Athletic who we travel to on Saturday week.
“It gets no easier on Tuesday week when we entertain Tadcaster Albion in the NCEL League Cup and on the following Saturday there is an even tougher assignment at Staveley MW in the second round of the FA Vase. The Chesterfield side were beaten semi-finalists last season in a competition that sees its finalists at Wembley.
“Barton Town are a surprise package this term and they come to us on November 20 before we head to Liversedge on the 24th.
“Paul will be taking each game as it comes and it is certainly 30 days that could shape our season.”