Town boss Neil Aspin and his Brighouse counterpart Paul Quinn were both smiling after last night’s County Cup clash at St Giles Road.
The Shaymen emerged 3-2 winners having given good runouts to the likes of Liam Needham, Jamie Rainford, Anton Foster and Harry Winter.
And Brighouse pushed their neighbours right to the end having looked down and out when they trailed 2-0 at the break.
“In the past I have not been a big fan of this competition, but we needed last night’s game,” said Aspin.
“It completed James Dean’s suspension and knocked another off Danny Lowe’s.
“And also there were a number of players who got game time they needed.”
Needham played in an unaccustomed central defensive position alongside Gregg Anderson who was doubling up having played 90 minutes against Colwyn Bay on Tuesday.
“If I am honest we didn’t have any centre backs to play last night,” said Aspin.
“It was tough on Gregg to play two games in two nights and with having a few midfield players one had to play with him. I felt Liam was best suited to play there.
“He needed 90 minute and so did Harry Winter and Anton Foster.”
While Quinn’s side went out of the competition, the manager was delighted with the way they had acquitted themselves against the Shaymen.
“It was a good experience for us, regardless of the result,” said Quinn.
“We knew it would be a tall task to win the game but playing against a stronger side will do us the world of good.
“Coming off we felt that possibly with a bit more belief we might have pushed it to extra time - or even further.”
Brighouse’s big chance came after they had pulled it back to 2-1 just before the hour mark with the first of Shane Hamilton’s two goals.
“I was pleased with the way we responded in the second half,” said Quinn.
“It went to 2-1 and in a league game we would have really pushed on, but I think we were conscious of pushing too far forward and the game slipping away from us.
“But we applied ourselves well and worked really hard.”
The goal that proved to be the winner was scored by Reece Richards, one of four youngsters - Scott Eastwood, Jordan Coduri and Matty Thompson were the others - included in Aspin’s squad.
“The lads who have come in have done really well because they don’t train with us and they don’t know the other lads that well,” said Aspin.
“I am really pleased for them and I think we should use them all through the competition.”
Johnny Meynell’s widely acclaimed “Halifax Town: The Complete Record” book is still on sale, and will be available at the Supporters Club stall inside the East Stand concourse at all Saturday home before Christmas (priced at £25(.
Copies can be reserved for match day collection by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, the Supporters Club is offering a free delivery service for orders within the Calderdale area.
“FC Halifax Town on tour” T-shirts - showing all the places the Shaymen will visit this season - are still available.
The T-shirts are available in all sizes, and priced have been reduced to £5.