Brighouse facing tough FA Cup test against Runcorn

BRIGHOUSE Town embark on only their second ever FA Cup campaign when they travel to take on Runcorn Town in an extra preliminary round clash tomorrow (3.0).

Last season saw the St Giles Road club take its bow in the world’s oldest knockout competition. However, their hopes were ended immediately following a 2-1 home defeat by north east outfit Dunston UTS.

Club officials will be hoping that they can make further progress this time around with financial rewards as well as the chance of glory on the pitch among the incentives.

Boss Mick Couzens will welcome back a handful of players against a Runcorn side who he watched demolish Stone Dynamoes 4-1 on Monday night.

Runcorn embarked on a 27 game winning run last season to gain promotion to the North West Counties League Premier Division and have started this campaign in a similar vein.

“They a very good, strong side and we are going to have our hands full,” admitted Couzens. “I was very impressed with them and in all honesty it could have been 10-1.

“But we will still go there feeling positive and the FA Cup is always a good leveller. It is a one-off game with the chance to progress and pick up some welcome prize money along the way.

“The competition is an exciting one to be involved in - it is the biggest of its type in the world - and everybody involved with the club is looking forward to it.

“One positive aspect is the fact that I have a big squad to choose from for the first time this season so myself and the coaching staff will be sitting down and working out which will be our strongest line up.”

Among those returning are strikers Wayne Crossley and Antony Brown and midfield duo Danny Hull and Chris Wdowczyk, although Matty Parker is unavailable.

Should Brighouse get through tomorrow’s game they will be away to the winners of the Congleton Town/Eccleshill United tie in the preliminary round.

Non-league sides Ascot United and Wembley FC will kick off this season’s FA Cup tonight, with the game being streamed to a potential audience of 700 million people.

Social networking site Facebook are ‘televising’ the clash, which, although will not reach the majority of its potential viewers, is the first of its kind anywhere in sport.

A 90-minute stream will be provided by Budweiser, the competition’s new sponsors.