Brighouse Town 3-1 Sheffield FC

Brighouse Town Assistant Manager Leon Wainman

Brighouse Town have booked their place in the EVO-STIK East Division Play-Off Final after recording a 3-1 win over Sheffield FC at The Yorkshire Payments Stadium on Tuesday night.

It was Sheffield who went ahead in the game thanks to a 23rd minute goal from Marc Newsham in front of the 489 spectators.

However Brighouse hit back as Tyler Williams levelled matters on 31 minutes and with the half-time whistle looming the prolific Aaron Martin put Town ahead.

And the evening was wrapped up nicely nine minutes from time as Gabriel Johnson added a third goal for Brighouse.

The win means Town will come up against fellow West Yorkshire side Pontefract Collieries in Saturday's final at The G&R Stadium (15:00).

Speaking about Tuesday's game Brighouse Town Assistant Manager Leon Wainman said: "It was a fantastic night for the club both on and off the field.

"We felt we were going into the game as underdogs after the result on Saturday as they were full of confidence after their win. They are a good side and have lots of quality especially going forward so we needed to defend well. 

"Things looked even more in their favour when they scored the first goal. Credit to our boys though they did not panic and played with an intensity and desire that we tend to expect here at Brighouse. 

"The gaffa made some brave changes from Saturday leaving out influential players that have played a massive part for us this season. It was good though to have our club captain Adam Field back after a long absence."

He continued: "You have to say with the result and the performances on the night that Vill made the right call as those that came in performed well and worked hard from start to finish. We had plenty of quality waiting in the wings on the bench. Such is the quality in our squad that we have options in all areas. 

"We defended well apart from their goal which was taken well and the quality of the ball in was difficult to defend. We were patient and kept working in all areas of the pitch. Mentally and physically we were switched on.

"I can’t single out individuals as I think on the night everyone put their all in for the Brighouse Town badge.

"The home and away fans were fantastic and the atmosphere was tense for a while but once we took control of the game there was a real buzz around the ground. The final whistle meant that we were halfway there.... just one more game."

He added: "We would have liked another home tie for the final but with Pontefract pulling their game back in extra time against Ossett we will have to travel to them for yet another massive moment in our clubs history. 

"We’ll prepare right for Saturday and focus on winning the game. The boys know what they need to do and they are all hungry for it." 


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