BRIGHOUSE missed out on puttting themselves in the driving seat to defend their title, despite taking the lead against Ossett Albion.
With Ossett Town falling to surprise defeats against Eccleshill United and Thackley within a week, it gave Brighouse the chance to regain the championship they won in their inaugural season last year.
The early pressure from Town told. Omar Habeeb showed pace down the right flank, cut inside and smashed the ball home off the inside of the post.
Ossett were positive in their response and Brighouse had to remain sharp at the back.
The equaliser came from a corner. With Carl Maguire off for treatment Ossett made advantage of the extra man and Rickki-Lee Paylor, thumped home a free header.
The remainder of the half was an even encounterwith both sides creating chances.
Brighouse started brightly in the second period and Habeeb’s close range blast was somehow blocked by the Ossett keeper and then his glancing flick just sailed the wrong side of the post.
At the other end Albion got the breakthrough. A punt into the Brighouse box was well met by Jansen Berry and he flicked it over the keeper and into the net.
Town brought on Josimar Bradshaw and Antony Brown and both had curled efforts but could not find the net. The Ossett defence, were excellent in the second half and having repelled Town’s attacks saw their side grab the clinching goald. Brownlee struck well enough from the edge of the box – but a heavy deflection gave Hagreen no chance as the ball found the corner of the net.