ONCE MORE Brighouse Town via a woeful effort at Widnes last Saturday failed to progress in a FA Cup competition.
This time it was the Buildbase FA Trophy First Round Qualifying tie at the DCBL Stadium and they came away losing 2-0 to a side second from bottom with only one win in the NPL West Division. It was also the first time in Widnes’s history that they had won a FA Trophy tie.
The Whites got off to a flying start with a goal after three minutes when Sam Adetiloye took advantage of some slack defending on Town’s left and struck a volley to fly over debutant keeper Declan Lambton and into the net.
Town offered little to equalise and it was 1-0 at the interval.
Widnes added a second after 73 minutes when after a scramble for the ball in the Town goalmouth saw Jordan Southworth well and truly put his right boot through the ball.
Four minutes later and substitute striker Laurence Sorhaindo was put clear on the left and he went round keeper Owen Wheeler but then instead of stroking the ball into the net he hit row Z! Had he a pulled a goal back then it could have been a different story and not left Town now without two successive Saturdays of action while others go on cup runs which Town’s faithful are crying out for.
Manager Vill Powell has signed on a month’s youth loan Guiseley’s reserve keeper Lambton, 19, who last season was out on loan at NCEL club Campion. The manager says Town’s number 1 Brett Souter has a knee problem for which he has had a scan and may well need a clean out operation.
Lambton, who pulled off a superb save down to his left some eight minutes after Widnes’s opening goal, could well make his home debut on Monday night (7.45) when Town entertain north Sheffield side Stocksbridge Park Steels who ironically now play Widnes in the next round,
Jamie Vardy’s old non-league club are currently in seventh place in the table on 13 points from seven games while Town are in twelvth place on 10 points from seven games.
It is understood the manager has three warmish irons in the fire with a view to strengthening his squad as he now looks to hopefully climb the table in what looks a very testing month of October commencing with the Stocksbridge PS game and then the three games in seven days in the north east against Marske United, Shildon and Hebburn Town before returning home on October 23 with Worksop Town the visitors..
Town’s director of football Charlie Tolley who is also Managing Director of Elland company Andy Thornton’s Antiques, has his company sponsoring Town Women’s very prestigious home game with West Brom on Sunday afternoon.