Adamthwaite’s late penalty save crowns glorious comeback

Brighouse Juniors staged a stunning comeback against higher-ranked opposition to win 7-6 after extra-time in the West Riding Under-13 Cup at LS27.

Thomas Adamthwaite was the hero, saving a penalty in the last minute of the thrilling encounter.

The hosts started brightly and were 3-0 up after 18 minutes.

Will Bakes held off two challenges before hitting a shot over the advancing keeper which was blocked on the line only for Jamie McCrink to fire home the rebound.

LS27 continued to push and were denied by two fine saves from Thomas Adamthwaite.

Josh Scott, George Delahunty and Benoit Dedman worked overtime at the back but they soon went 5-1 down after the break.

McCrink struck back but the hosts made it 6-2 with 20 minutes to play.

Brighouse showed great team spirit and McCrink fired home his third of the day.

Two goals from Will Bakes made it 6-5 and, with time running out, Tom Dawson used his pace down the right to beat three defenders and cross for Bakes to fire home a last-ditch equaliser.

There was no score in the first period of extra-time as Brighouse produced strong and determined defence.

They took the lead for the first time when Luke Ford turned quickly to beat two players and hit a pass with the outside of his right foot into the run of McCrink, who took the ball on the run and, as he entered the area, opened up his body to curl it round the keeper.

The drama continued but Adamthwaite held the fiercely hit penalty to ensure victory.

Brighouse Sports anticipated an extremely tough task at Division One side Golcar in their first round but won 11-1.

On a heavy pitch, Sports started well and an early through ball from Morgan Ellis led to Lewis Todd scoring.

Sports’ second came when Todd’s shot was parried by the goalkeeper and Ben Estgate cleaned up. Golcar were always dangerous on the break and they made it 2-1 but on the stroke of half-time Sports forced a corner and Robbie Thompson struck from it.

After the break, Sports ripped the heart out of Golcar. A great individual run led to Todd getting his second, and Sports’ fifth came from Thompson skipping past two defenders to slot home.

Todd then beat the Golcar offside trap to give the keeper no chance and Will Thompson got on the scoresheet after linking up with Harry Streeting.

Left winger Ben Orley popped up next and Todd latched onto a defence-splitting pass from Drew Mitchell before scoring his fifth from Jake Crossley’s short corner. Ben Orley finished the day off with a fine goal set up by Bradley Hall-Crowther.