Brighouse 2 Lancaster 2: Late sucker punch adds to loss of injured Hurtley

Action from the 2-2 draw between Brighouse Town and Lancaster City on Saturday.
Action from the 2-2 draw between Brighouse Town and Lancaster City on Saturday.

IN a pulsating game Brighouse Town, almost had another three points in the bag until the visitors levelled the scores two minutes into added time, writes Emily Anderson.

There were plenty of opportunities created for Town to have had this game sewn up in the second half but the odd lapse in concentration and mistake, and a bad decision from the referee, resulted in Town just adding one point in their league campaign.

Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn

Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn

Assistant manager Mark Booth said: “If you make a couple of mistakes as this level and switch off you get punished. We paid the price by not getting three points when we dominated the game for large periods.

“On the positive side we worked hard in training this week and put plenty into practise and it did pay off.”

Regarding the second half injury to the versatile James Hurtley, Booth continued: “It looks like he will be out for a while with quite a bad ankle injury but other than that there are just tired legs.”

Town set off at a good pace to catch Lancaster still on the coach and Leon Henry was denied in the sixth minute by keeper Michael Hale’s leg.

Town kept up the pressure and the opening goal came in the 14th minute with a superb close-range shot from Ryan Hall that found the net via an opponent’s body.

Four minutes later and Lancaster were awarded a controversial penalty when Town keep Paul Hagreen came towards the edge of his box and managed to clear the ball but Lancaster’s Aaron Taylor lunged into him. Referee Thomas Parsons pointed to the spot to a chorus of boos from home fans in the crowdof 196.

Ryan Winder beat Hagreen to level at 1-1.

Henry swung the ball in from the left and Tom Haigh, who was having a superb game, latched on but keeper Hale just got to the ball.

Town regained the lead three minutes before the break following a low inswinging corner from Chris Fisher that found Adam Wilson, who planted the ball in the back of the net to make it 2-1 at the half way mark.

Town picked up where they left off in the second half but needed to be more clinical in the final third. Seven minutes in Hurtley was booked for a foul and shortly afterwardshe suffered a serious looking ankle injury when Lancaster’s Zach Clark landed on Hurtley. Hurtley was taken on crutches with a strapped up ankle into the changing rooms.

Town failed to capitalise on three very good chances in the final 15 minutes through Ryan Hall, Danny Facey and Ernest Boafo; all of which were chances that they would come to rue.

The game went to three minutes of added time and in the 92nd minute Lancaster equalised through Aaron Taylor as the home defence parted like Moses parting the waves and it let in Taylor to curl a good shot to the left of a despairing Hagreen.

Brighouse Town:Hagreen, Hurtley,Fisher, Wilson, Field, Allison, Hall, Haigh, Facey, Boafo, Henry.Subs: Hollingworth, Stead, Pollard, Hewitt, Thornton.