Quinn looking to take fine league form into FA Cup encounter

Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn
Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn

Brighouse Town turn their attentions back to the FA Cup this weekend after two fine Toolstation NCEL successes over the past week.

Town saw off Basford United 2-1 last Saturday, and then secured a 4-2 win at Staveley MW on Bank Holiday Monday.

On Saturday Town travel to Billingham Synthonia and manager Paul Quinn is relishing the challenge:

“It is a big game for the club and we will be going up there to give a good account of ourselves,” he said.

“The FA Cup has huge financial rewards for the club and we will be giving it 100 per cent.”

Founded in 1923, Synthonia contested the Teesside League until the war. In 1945 they replaced the disbanded Billingham South in the Northern League; winning their first game 5-4 at Shildon.

They have been league champions on four occasions. They were relegated to Division 2 at the end of the 1985-86 season but returned as Second Division Champions the following season.

Synthonia’s ground is also used by the Billingham Marsh House Harriers Athletics club.

The most famous ex-Synner is Brian Clough, who appeared for the club before he went on National Service.

After a successful league weekend, Quinn is pleased to report that the side is in good nick and has his full squad to call on, including last season’s skipper Nick Jagger back from injury.

“I have been at the Development squad games which gave me the opportunity to give James Hurtley and Paddy McGuire (a recent signing from Harrogate Railway) another run out,” added Quinn.

“The team is running how we would like, but we will never say never if the opportunity arises to bolster the squad with the right man.

“We go in to the weekend full of confidence and as you can imagine Ryan Hall is on top of the world after bagging all four goals on Monday.

“Charlie Tolley has been to take a look at Billingham, so we have done our homework and we will give it our best shot.”

Following the FA Cup on Saturday, Town’s next fixture is at home this Tuesday September 3 against Barton Town Old Boys (7.45pm).