Brighouse have big incentive to win

BRIGHOUSE Town have landed a plum home tie providing they can make it through to the last 16 of the FA Vase this weekend.

They or Newport (IOW) will entertain either Derbyshire club Borrowash Victoria or Berkshire club Ascot United on Saturday, February 9).

However, before that they have the small matter of beating their foes from the Isle of Wight - and the weather before they can plan any further ahead.

“Right now it’s just too much to take in as we have the huge logistics hurdle this weekend to surmount,” said Town chairman Ray McLaughlin.

“It does give us a great incentive, however, to do well at Newport as we then have a home tie to make it to the last eight.”

The game should have been played last weekend but McLaughlin had to give the bad news to the 49-strong party that the tie would not be going ahead after hearing from Newport ecretary and assistant manager John Simpkins.

“John told me they had not seen snow on the island like it for many a year,” said McLaughlin.

“There was around four inches and the roads were gridlocked.

“Our manager Paul Quinn cancelled the training session at St George’s in Burton-on-Trent and booked us in at Southampton University for Friday.

“This also to be cancelled, along with our accomodation, but the hotel was superb and said they would hold the booking at no extra cost for this weekend.

“So far we have lost around five people who cannot make it owing to work, but all the players’ employers have been great.

“Newport’s main worry now is if a lot of rain falls between now and Saturday as the pitch was heavy before the recent snow.

“We are also very grateful to the various players’ employers for being so understanding.”

Quinn added that it had been a huge commitment by employers and players, along with backroom staff to commit to two days in two working weeks and he was just hoping that it all went ahead this weekend.