The Bootiful Game was among the fantastic crowd of 836 at the G and R Stadium in Pontefract as Brighouse Town completed a comprehensive 3-0 win over Pontefract Collieries in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East Division Play off Final.
Brighouse knew before the game that even with a win, their points per game ratio virtually ruled them out of a promotion spot, but for the home side, a win would have guaranteed a third consecutive promotion; both sides had enjoyed fantastic seasons, but on the day, it was Brighouse who took the honours, writes Colin Muncie.
It was an understandably nervous start by both sides to a game of such magnitude, but gradually Brighouse took control, and only a last ditch clearance from Connor Smythe stopped Aaron Martin from giving the visitors the lead; but Martin was not to be denied, and after a good passing move finished well to Ryan Musselwhite’s left to put Brighouse in front just after the half hour. Smythe brought terrific stop from visiting ‘keeper Jordan Porter with a curling left-footed free kick, but Town retained the advantage as the half time whistle blew.
TBG Leon, Brighouse beat Pontefract 3-0 today. The game effectively meant nothing but you’ve done the professional job, done the right thing and went out, did your best and won the match.
TBG You must be proud also of how they’ve played. To go away to Pontefract, which isn’t an easy place to visit, and come away with a fine 3-0 win.
Today, everybody’s turned up, to a man. The performance was fantastic. We won 3-0 but nobody would have complained if we said that we’d won by four or five because we did play really well today. We were strong all over the pitch and, once we scored, we dominated. We’re just happy we turned it around from the last game that we played against them.
TBG I’m watching the video of you all celebrating on the pitch at Pontefract and the joy is great to see. It was a professional performance and you can see the delight on the faces of both players and management out there. It’s been a long season for you and, to kick on for next season, it will hopefully give you the right momentum.
Myself, Vill and Stacy Reed have all had belief in the set of players we’ve got and sometimes it’s just a matter of getting them to believe it. They’ve gone out there and they’ve believed and fair play to the gaffer for the way he’s worked it this year. Myself and Stacy help him out but he does a lot of work behind the scenes that a lot of the players don’t really notice so fair play to him!
Across the half way line, Pontefract Collieries goalkeeper Ryan Musselwhite agreed that his side had been off-colour on the day, but set the result in the context of an outstanding campaign. “Firstly like to say thank you to all that follow us, the management, committee and staff/volunteers and anyone else I’ve missed “Ryan told TBG.
“The team spirit is phenomenal -win, lose or draw -and that’s what Ponte is all about”.