Quinn relaxed ahead of big tie

Date:31st August 2013.'Harrogate Town v Stockport County. Pictured Stockport County's Adriano Moke, holds off Harrogate Town's Matt Bloomer.
Date:31st August 2013.'Harrogate Town v Stockport County. Pictured Stockport County's Adriano Moke, holds off Harrogate Town's Matt Bloomer.

The biggest match in Brighouse Town’s 50-year history is not fazing player-manager Paul Quinn.

This Saturday Town will travel to Edgeley Park to take on Stockport County in the FA Cup second qualifying round and going in as underdogs means no pressure on the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side.

Town should have been playing Sheffield outfit Parkgate on Tuesday evening, but following an eight goal thriller in their FA Vase second qualifying round tie with Bacup & Rossendale Borough last Saturday, the replay was scheduled for last night (Wednesday).

It allowed Quinn and the coaching staff to put in a good training session and also allow some players treatment after their 3-2 away win at Garforth.

“Skipper Leon Henry came off at half time injured, but fortunately it is just a small hamstring problem and he will be fit for Saturday,” said Quin.

“Ben Thornton also left the field ill, but that is a sickness bug that he has now got over. “There were a few niggles to look at but in the main we are good to go.

“It is a wide pitch and we have an abundance of pace in the side besides our tremendous footballing skills for this level and we could well take them by surprise.”

Stockport caretaker-coach Alan Lord saw his side draw 0-0 away at nearby Stalybridge Celtic at the weekend, which saw them drop to third from bottom in the Skrill North Division with only six points from nine league games.

There have been strong rumours in the past few days that sacked Grimsby Town joint-manager Rob Scott could be taking over at Stockport.

The former Boston United manager with current Grimsby boss Paul Hurst, is a close friend and former employee outside of football of Spencer Fearn, who was vice-chairman at Edgeley Park until the summer, but still retains a majority shareholding in the club.

Town’s chairman Ray Mclaughlin said yesterday that a new appointment could be bad timing for Town as the eixisting players at County would certainly lift their game for a new manager.

The former Football League side until two seasons ago, still pull in crowds of over 2,500 and McLaughlin has confirmed that plenty of support from Brighouse will be adding to that attendance with two coaches booked, plenty of cars and some planning to go on the train.

Quinn further added: “It will be a massive boost to the lads to get plenty of vocal support.

“It is the biggest game in the club’s history and will put us on the map.

“With Huddersfield Town playing on Friday night we are hoping that some of their fans might come along and we appeal to everyone to come and lend their support.

“Charlie Tolley and Barry Thomas went along on Saturday to watch Stockport and they have a good set up.

“There is no pressure on us and we will go there and give it our best shot.

“As long as we give a good account of ourselves, that’s the main thing.

“Its cup football and you never know. If we play how we can, we will definitely cause them some problems.”