Town face tough FA cup away trip

BRIGHOUSE Town for their second foray into the very early rounds of the FA Cup have been handed an away tie at Runcorn Town on Saturday, August 20.

Last season they went out at home at this stage to north east club Dunston UTS 2-1, who then went on to have a good run and also in the FA Vase, proving Mark Brier’s charges had put up more than a good show against them.

This will be Runcorn’s first rubbing of shoulders with the FA Cup as they are a new club born out of the ashes of a club that went into liquidation after reaching the heights of the Conference.

The preparation for this extra-preliminary round tie against North West League Premier Division opposition begins on Saturday with a behind closed doors friendly between the entire squad.

The first of the pre-season friendlies is on Tuesday night at home to last season’s promoted NCEL champions and former Blue Sqare Conference club Farsley Celtic (7.45pm).

Brier, who did a good job with Darren Attwood, has taken a break from coaching a team and the new era at the Dual Seal Stadium is now under the guidance of Mick Couzens.

The second season in the NCEL Premier Division opens with an attractive looking home clash with last season’s Division One champions Staveley Miners Welfare on Saturday, August 6.

Couzens can also look forward to a second home match when Town host Arnold Town on Tuesday, August 9 while their first trip sees Town make the short journey to Dennyfield to take on Thackley.

The other national cup competition which Brighouse are eligible for, the FA Vase sees them pitched at home

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