Town are mad for Hatters date

Morecambe v PNE'The Preston keeper saves Phil Jevons penalty.'Stewart Drummond testimonial.
Morecambe v PNE'The Preston keeper saves Phil Jevons penalty.'Stewart Drummond testimonial.

After their win against Crook Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with Budweiser last Saturday, Brighouse Town are pleased as punch to have drawn The Hatters, aka Stockport County, in the next round.

Currently 19th in a league of 22, Stockport are under caretaker-manager Alan Lord and have only won one of their eight games so far.

They lost on Tuesday night 2-1 in their Skrill North Conference derby game with Vauxhall Motors, their first defeat under Lord since he took over from Ian Bogie at the start of the month.

At their home game last Saturday with Leamington they drew a crowd of 2,925 which is superb news for Brighouse Town with a share of the gate and the promise of £4,500 if they make the next round.

“Financially for the club it is a superb opportunity, something like this can secure the club’s future for a good few seasons,” said player-manager Paul Quinn.

Having just entered their third season of non-league football after being in the football league continuously from 1905 to 2011, Stockport, despite their close proximity of Manchester City and Manchester United, have kept a strong fan base at their 10, 841 capacity Edgeley Park ground.

They have one notable player in the experienced striker Phil Jevons and players on loan from Football League clubs.

“It’s a fantastic draw, you could say we would have wanted an easier fixture if we wanted to progress but it will be a great experience for the club and players and we are going into the game with no pressure, and you never know what can happen, these cups are wide open,” added Quinn.

Club chairman Ray McLaughlin said of the draw: “Since we entered this league we seem to be making history as each season progresses. It is the furthest we have ever got in the FA Cup and to get a draw against a team who was so recently in the Football League shows how far we have come.”

The stand that has been allocated for Brighouse at Stockport holds approximately 900 people, and the club would love for the people of Brighouse to come out in their droves support them. They will be arranging coaches and any interested in making the trip should get in contact with the club. Ring secretary Malcolm Taylor on 077651 54445.

Brighouse are certainly keeping their fitness levels up as they whittle off match after match. This Saturday they have resurgent moneybags Garforth Town away followed on Tuesday evening away to Sheffield club Parkgate. .

“It’s full on at the minute but I like it and it’s great the boys are getting game after game,” added the manager.