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By Ray McLaughlin

By Dave Parker

BRIGHOUSE TOWN officials and supporters are feeling decidedly low with the possibility of no reprieve for a promotion despite their emphatic 3-0 win over Pontefract Collieries last Saturday in the Evo-Stik NPL Division East final.
While winners of the Division West final Radcliffe, who beat Leek Town 2-1, are promoted to Step 3 and the NPL Premier Division, Town, at the moment, stay at Step 4 and await what division they will play in next season.
At a very early meeting of all clubs in Wakefield last year, following an edict from the FA, it was voted through that only five of the seven Step 4 play-off winners would go up. This would be decided on the number of points attained in the regular season in the division clubs were playing from the south coast to the north east.
While Radcliffe finished with 76, Town finished with 71 and this looks to have been their undoing, as the other four winners along with Radcliffe have superior points totals.
Town supporters are in unison saying, what was the point of going through with a play-off final and all the expense involved when there was to be no satisfactory outcome.
"The FA would never allow this in the EPL or in the National Leagues and why break the hearts of keen grassroots supporters who have seen Town's games this past season home and away," added a supporter who asked for his name to be withheld.
It looks as though Town's only hope would be for one or two clubs currently struggling-the likes of Gateshead- in the interim to go to the wall to set off a chain reaction, but even then, chairman Charlie Tolley feels they (the FA) might well resurrect a relegated club and that would effectively kill off any chances his club would have.
Elsewhere, Brighouse Town AFC have now well and truly taken the Ladies section under their wing. Yorkshire Payments MD James Howard, the chairman elect at the club, was keen to see this take place and at an EGM last Friday evening for the ladies section this was voted through.
The official papers are now winging their way to the Football Association at Wembley.
Rob Mitchell's team, who last week also had a great success in winning the West Riding County Cup Final, are expected to join the Town players at Halifax Town Hall for a Civic Reception currently being planned by the Mayor's office and Sophie Whittaker, daughter and secretary of Calderdale MP Craig Whittaker.
Relegated Bradford City have agreed to come to Hove Edge on Tuesday, July 9 for a pre-season friendly and Town officials, still awaiting news of their annual friendly date with FC Halifax Town, are also meeting Bradford Park Avenue officials on Friday with a view to inviting them to through for a pre-season game.
Manager Vill Powell, who will shortly be sorting out his own future with the club, and his retained list, also has quite a few clubs he has been talking to with regards games in July and the first few days of August.

Updated 23:08 - 18 May 2019 by Ray McLaughlin

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