Quinn keen on cup involvement

Actions from the game Brighouse Town v Retford United football at St Giles Road'Pictured for Brighouse Nick Jaggar has a shot
Actions from the game Brighouse Town v Retford United football at St Giles Road'Pictured for Brighouse Nick Jaggar has a shot

Brighouse Town have set off on the trail of another cup run after a hard fought encounter at Yorkshire Amateur on Tuesday night.

And the extra fixtures are a good thing, according to manager Paul Quinn.

Coming out 2-1 victors against the Leeds outfit they will now face Wakefield at home in the next round of the West Riding County Cup.

Although wanting to progress in the competition, Quinn took the opportunity to rest a couple of regular first team players.

“We shuffled the pack and rested Ernest Boafe and Tom Matthews and called in Angus Hastings from the development squad,” said Quinn.

“We were also missing Nick Jagger with an ankle injury, which we will take a look at on Thursday (tonight),” he said.

“It was a bit of a gamble but we have a strong squad and I was pleased with the result.

“Although it wasn’t a very fluent performance it is job done and we want a good run in the West Riding Cup.

“It was disappointing last season that we didn’t progress as far as we could have done, so this season we want to be in contention in the latter stages of the competition.”

Next up for Town is Nostell Miners Welfare at home this Saturday (3.00).

Although they are currently propping up the rest of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Quinn’s players will not take the game lightly.

“They have just had a change of management at Nostell so they will be looking for a positive response to that,” added Quinn.

“After a good win in Barnsley at Athersley on Saturday we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas.

“Its our first game back at home since playing at Stockport, and along with the junior day we are holding, we are really hoping for a big crowd.

“I would ask anyone that would normally be watching FC Halifax, Huddersfield Town or Leeds Utd to come down to the Dual Seal Stadium.

“We would love to see some new faces as the lads really deserve the support.

“We need the three points and the backing of the town.”

Brighouse sit in seventh spot in the league with games in hand and only five points behind leaders Tadcaster Albion.

Last year’s rival contenders for the title Bridlington Town, who pressed Town and Scarborough Athletic all the way, have yet to hit the form that made them a threat last season. However, Quinn is not reading too much in to the table at the moment.

“To be honest it is not something that I am looking at too heavily at the moment,” he admitted.

“Leading up to Christmas we will have played around 25 games and then I will take a serious look at who is around us and who is consistent.

“All I want us to do is just keep picking up the points.

“Things are taking shape but we need to focus on the tough schedule ahead.

“As it stands at the moment we will be playing every Saturday and Tuesday until the end of November.”

Following Saturday’s game, Town are away to Heanor Town on Wednesday, October 16 (7.45pm).