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Jacobs’ cracker is tough luck on Brighouse
Stockport County 1 Brighouse Town 0
Brighouse Town can hold their heads high and count themselves unfortunate to have exited the FA Cup at the home of former Football League outfit Stockport County.
A single second-half strike left a very spirited and battling Town side on the end of an agonising defeat.
A huge crowd of 1,704 witnessed Brighouse’s gallant attempt at a non-league giant-killing against the Conference North outfit.
The Cheshire club will be counting their blessings as they look forward to today’s third qualifying-round draw.
Town were the better side in the first half and created most of the chances but it remained goalless at the break.
County’s winner was a wonder strike from Kyle Jacobs in the 66th minute.
Town will feel they deserved a replay at least, with chairman Ray McLaughlin saying: “The first half wasn’t close because we ran them ragged. It is an absolute disappointment going out like that.
“Their goal was a 25-yard screamer that came out of nothing.
“It was a more even game in the second half and once they scored they had a ten-minute spell where we were on the back foot. But we regrouped and went back at them. In the four minutes of injury time we were in their area.
“It was nerve-jangling stuff. We were causing problems and there were rebounds, blocked shots and everything but an equalising goal.
“You go into these games needing that bit of luck while hoping your team can create two or three chances but we had eight or nine – not just good openings but really clear chances.
“We are all hugely disappointed but proud of the lads at the same time. It’s better playing like that than wondering what might have been.
“We lost to a wonder strike after being the better team but that happens in football.”