Match Preview | Liversedge FC v Brighouse Town | West Riding County Cup Final

Liversedge FC manager Jonathan Rimmington admits a county cup win against Brighouse Town would be an ‘amazing’ way to end what has been a fantastic season for the club.

Although local games are part of the nature of a county cup, a final between two very close rivals is likely to be an engrossing prospect.

The two league games between the sides saw bumper crowds of 827 at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium and 1,235 at the Clayborn Ground.

The final – held at Brighouse’s Yorkshire Payments Stadium home on Friday, May 6th – should be no different.

Having already wrapped up promotion and the league title, Rimmington said: “It would be amazing to end the season with a double. We’ve never been in this position before.

“We’ve trained this week, although I think the lads are still celebrating winning the league to be honest.

“Everyone is still buzzing.”

Going into more depth on why he has no doubt about his side’s motivation for the game, Rimmington doesn’t duck the issue that some of the noises he’s heard from Brighouse about his side being a factor.

He added: “We’d like to win the county cup for obvious reasons.

“One of the reasons is that we feel we haven’t really had much respect from our local clubs.

“You’d think as local clubs you’d all be trying to fight for each other and help each other, but it seems some of them don’t like that.

“It has been hard to take sometimes. We’ve beaten Marske twice but there’s two managers especially that won’t give us any credit.”

Having done the double over Marske, including a crucial late season battle away from home, Sedge eventually finished 5 points clear at the top of the table.

“We win football matches. We’ve come into the NPL for the first time and done really well,” Rimmington said.

“We signed the right players, our chairman was amazing to give us the chance to do what we’ve done.

“But it is all down to the players at the end of the day and credit goes to them. We can bring them in and set them up, but as each game goes on they have to find a way to win it.”

Brighouse Town finished the season in 7th place, nine points outside the playoff places.

An impressive run of eight games unbeaten with six of those being wins ahead of a final day defeat to Stockton Town was not enough to mount a late challenge for promotion.

On what to expect from the opposition, Rimmington revealed: “Brighouse can play.

“They have a bit of pace in their team in wide areas, not unlike us. I think we’ve got better footballers all around the pitch.

“I thought their two central midfielder did well last time against us in Haigh and Gregory. They grafter and got stuck in.

“They made it hard for us, however they didn’t play on Saturday when we had a tough game against Marske.

“They’ll try and get the ball wide and get crosses in. Laurence Sorhaindo is a handful and Jack Boyle did well against us.

“The wingers they have aren’t the most technically gifted, they’re runners who get at you.

“I think it will be a helter-skelter game. Everyone will be up for it and it will be played at a fast pace.”

Not only would a win mark a league double for Liversedge, it would be their second West Riding County Cup having won the competition once before in 1989/90.

Brighouse Town are playing for their first Senior County Cup win, but have won the West Riding County Challenge Cup in 1991/92.

The previous winners of the competition are Ossett United in 2018/19, with the County Cup not completed in 2019/20 and not held in 2020/21 due to covid restrictions.

 

Team News

Liversedge will be without Paul Walker and Kevy Tarangadzo due to injuries sustained towards the end of the league season.

They join long term absentees John Cyrus, Adam Porritt, and Adam Field who are still not ready to play.

Max Dearnley returned to Hudderfield Town for treatment following his injury in the game against Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Joe Walton and Gav Allott both nursed injuries in recent games but have recovered to be available for selection.

In a recent interview Brighouse manager Vill Powell revealed that he was optimistic midfield pair Corey Gregory and Thomas Haigh will be available for the final after recent injuries.

 

Previous Meetings

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Clayborn Ground in the penultimate game of the season.

Darius Smith turned home Jack Boyle’s cross to give Brighouse a first half lead before substitute Ollie Fearon fired Sedge level in the second period.

In the previous encounter at the cup final venue, Brighouse’s home ground, Liversedge won 2-1 thanks to a last-minute Joe Walton winner.

In a tense boxing day derby, Ben Atkinson’s close-range finish gave Sedge a 74th minute lead. Boyle’s driven free-kick at the end of normal time looked like it would be enough to earn a draw.

But there was time for one last twist when a cross fell to Walton inside the box deep into stoppage time and he made no mistake in finding the target.

 

Road to the Final

Liversedge:                                                     

27/10/21: Armthorpe Welfare 1-4 Liversedge | Goals: Walton x 2, Allott, Fearon

16/11/21: Liversedge 3-0 Barnoldswick Town | Goals: Whitham, Allott, S. Harris

1/2/22: Liversedge 6-3 Halifax Town | Goals: Raw x 2, Whitham x 2, Fearon x 2

16/3/22: Albion Sports 0-6 Liversedge | Goals: Steers, Walton, P. Walker, Allott, Heaton, Smythe

Brighouse Town:

15/11/21: Brighouse Town 1-1 Knaresborough Town (5-4 pens) | Goals: Thomas

15/12/21: Brighouse Town 5-1 Thackley | Goals: Boyle x 2, King, Harrison x 2

17/1/22: Brighouse Town 2-1 Steeton | Goals: Harrison, Khan

15/3/22: Farsley Celtic 0-4 Brighouse Town | Boyle, Sorhaindo x 2, Khan

 

Recent Form

Liversedge: W D W W W D

Brighouse: L D W W W W

 

Top Scores

Liversedge – All Competitions:

  1. Nicky Walker                20
  2. Ben Atkinson                19
  3. Gav Allott                      18
  4. Ollie Fearon                  16
  5. Joe Walton                    16

Liversedge – County Cup:

  1. Gav Allott                      3
  2. Ollie Fearon                  3
  3. Joe Walton                   3
  4. Lewis Whitham           3

Brighouse – All Comps

  1. Laurence Sorhaindo   25
  2. Jack Boyle                     10
  3. Javelle Clarke                8
  4. Shiraz Khan                   8
  5. Mohammed Ibrahim   4

Brighouse – County Cup

  1. Jack Boyle                      3
  2. Elliott Harrison             3
  3. Shiraz Khan                   2
  4. Laurence Sorhaindo    2

 

Supporters’ Information

KO Time: Friday 6th May, 7:45pm

Ground Address:

Yorkshire Payments Stadium,

St Giles Road,

Hove Edge,

HX3 8BG

Admission:

£10 Adults

£5 Concessions

Pay on the Gate only

Ground Directions:

Head towards Brighouse town centre, then follow the signs for Halifax and just before the Dusty Miller on the right hand side you will see a sign for Brighouse Town FC take a right there and then immediate left. On the right now should be the Old Pond (HD6 2PL) follow the road round 500 yards and the ground is on the left hand side.

Our hosts have also issued the following notice about parking:

Brighouse Town FC ask that vehicle drivers who visit the Yorkshire Payments Stadium, park in a considerate manner towards other road users, pedestrians and occupants of local housing.

There have been complaints about irresponsible parking and the police will issue fixed penalty notices to any drivers who park illegally or cause an unnecessary obstruction on the road or adjacent footpaths.

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