Town set for long haul Newport trip

Actions from Brighouse Town v Holbrook Sports, FA Vase football at St Giles Road. Leon Henry is taken out.
Actions from Brighouse Town v Holbrook Sports, FA Vase football at St Giles Road. Leon Henry is taken out.

BRIGHOUSE Town’s reward for reaching the fourth round of the FA Vase is an away trip on January 19 to Newport on the Isle of Wight.

Town’s chairman, Ray McLaughlin heard the draw on Monday morning and said it took him some time to come round.

“The logistics of taking the squad and management there are going to be quite expensive and already our secretary Malcolm Taylor has drawn a blank when asking our league if there was any assistance,” he said.

“We’ll have a management meeting and then take it from there.”

Town moved into the last 32 and went national with a convincing 4-1 home win over Derbyshire club Holbrook Sports. Town are now just four games from Wembley, where the final is played.

Newport are in the Premier Division of the Sydenhams Wessex League and are currently sixth.

Their St George’s Park ground has a capacity of 3,200 and Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers played for them in the 1993-94 season.

The current caretaker boss of beleaguered Portsmouth, Guy Whittingham, also has the club on his CV after a spell as player-manager in 2003-4.

Town player-manager Paul Quinn is stressing Saturday’s home game with lowly Nostell MW (3.0) should not be a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show.

Relieved in many ways Tuesday night’s re-arranged away game at Long Eaton Utd was postponed, the manager is looking for three points to keep the pressure on leaders Bridlington and second-placed Scarborough.

“There are no easy fixtures in this league and each team has to be given complete respect,” said Quinn.

Next week, Town are away at Heanor Town.

ON Sunday the Dual Seal Stadium will host Leeds-based HT Sports v Sailsbury Ath. of Liverpool in the Sunday National FA Cup (1.00).