Harriers Cup test for Brighouse

Brighouse Town will break new ground tonight when they travel to Blue Square Premier Kidderminster Harriers in the first round of the FA Youth Cup (7.45).

And the reward for Simon Wood’s side should they continue their remarkable progress in the competition at Aggborough is a home tie with either Sheffield Wednesday or Carlisle United in round two later this month.

Brighouse’s youngsters have already defeated Loughborough Dynamo, Worksop Town and Grimsby Town in the competition - teams all associated with clubs higher up the football pyramid than Brighouse.

“This is the furthest we have ever gone in the Youth Cup,” said Wood. “And playing at a ground like Aggborough is something these lads will never forget.

“It is a great experience and one that most of the players will never have had before

“I have told them to make the most of the occasion, but also to aim to get through because there is another big tie waiting.”

It is Wood’s third year in charge of the youth set up at St Giles Road and his under 19s have won two titles and a League Cup in his time there.

The FA Youth Cup side are under 18s and he and Richard Addy, whose employers UK Safety Management have helped finance kit for the team, had to scour the area for players.

“We had to find upwards of 11 lads to play in the team,” said Wood, a former Halifax Town youth team player currently playing for Wakefield FC.

“And there are some under 17s in the team which is great for the future.”

Town began their campaign with a 3-2 win at Worksop and followed that up by defeating Grimsby by the same scoreline at St Giles Road.

They booked their place in the first round proper of the competition with a 2-1 win over Loughborough Dynamo.