Pontefract Collieries 0-3 Brighouse Town

Brighouse Town Assistant Manager Stacy Reed


Brighouse Town capped off a fine season with a 3-0 win over fellow West Yorkshire side Pontefract Collieries in the EVO-STIK East Division Play-Off Final on Saturday.

A goal from the prolific Aaron Martin just after the half-hour mark gave Town the lead in front of the 836 spectators at the G & R Stadium.

Iwan Heeley doubled the advantage moments after the re-start and ten minutes later Gabriel Johnson scored what proved to be the final goal of the afternoon to make it 3-0.

Despite the fantastic result Brighouse are set to remain in the same division next season with only 5 out of the 7 play-off winners at step 4 gaining a promotion.

This is decided on the 'best points per game ratio' over the course of the season which subsequently rules out a step up the pyramid for Brighouse.

However should a team fold, move to another league in the pyramid or go down the line of a voluntary relegation then the door to promotion may open up.

Looking back on Saturday's victory Brighouse Town Assistant Manager Stacy Reed said: "I thought we dominated from start to finish in what was an outstanding performance from the lads. Our work rate was spot on and we never gave them a chance to settle on the ball and get into a rhythm.

"We also missed some glorious chances as well as their keeper and defender pulled off a couple of great saves and goal line clearances.

"I do think the fact that they also played 120 minutes on Tuesday night had an effect on them, they ran out of steam fairly quickly and in previous games this has not been the case."

He continued: "We have taken a bit of stick for celebrating and chanting 'We are going up' but we told the lads before the game, should we win, milk it for all its worth like we are going up. 

"With teams applying for relocation within the pyramid we knew there could be a chance that we can still go up and we would never get this moment back, so if we go up then we celebrated the right way and not missed the celebration as it should be.

"If we don't then we go again next season knowing what is possible with this fantastic group."

 

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