Much-changed Garforth Town went out of the West Riding County Cup at the First Round stage after a 4-0 defeat at Northern Premier League Division One East side Brighouse Town last night-but despite the loss, Miners Manager Rob Hunter saw more than enough from his fringe and returning players to leave him pretty confident about the future at the Bannister Prentice Stadium, writes Colin Muncie.
Brighouse were two goals to the good at the interval thanks to a quick fire brace from Zephaniah Thomas (16 and 19 minutes) in front of a crowd of 111 at St. Giles Road ; and Rhys Jenkinson (61) and Gabriel Johnson (66)completed the scoring to send the home side through.
As Rob explained, however, his players gave an excellent account of themselves. He told TBG “We made nine changes to the team that started on Saturday with only Alex Low and Toby Wells retaining their shirts. Three players made their first starts of the season and long term injured players Sanchez Payne, Javan Abraham, Johnny Andrews and Daniel Omosebi all started. Taking this into account, it was an incredibly brave and satisfying performance. We had spells where we kept the ball really well and competed throughout. The score line was a reflection of the two sides on the night- but the Garforth spirit and attitude was evident and I’m really pleased with their efforts. To have this group on the shoulder of the present starting eleven is incredible and it means everyone needs to perform to play. Can I keep them all happy? It’s unlikely, but it’s a great position to be in!”
Rob’s attention now turns to Saturday’s FA Vase First Round tie when Garforth are on the road again, this time to Adie Moran Park and a clash with North West Counties League Division One North side Prestwich Heys, and he’s off to take at look at the opposition tonight. “I’m going to watch Prestwich on Tuesday evening against St Helens” Rob told us “and will decide on both the shape -and the starters from that game. We’re looking forward to the game.”
“It’s just a shame we can’t seem to buy a home draw”.