Shelf B U11s and Brighouse Juniors B contributed to a pulsating encounter which saw Shelf run out 5-3 winners.
Shelf scored in the fifth minute when Brighouse ‘keeper Jacob Bryan pulled off an excellent save but was powerless to block the follow up despite getting hurt in the process.
Shelf were soon two to the good when they broke the offside trap. Brighouse fought back and Josua Scott and Jamie McCrink combined well leading to Tom Potter scoring from diustance.
A Shelf counter attack saw them win a corner when Scott ran the length of the pitch to block a goal bound effort. Brighouse cleared the corner but as the defence pushed out a Shelf forward skipped past three and smashed a shot into the bottom left corner.
The second half saw Brighouse start the brighter and within five minutes they pulled it back to 3-2 when Sam Oates broke up an attack and played a fantastic through ball to McCrink who used his pace to beat the defence before coolly placing the ball past the advancing keeper.
Brighouse’s defensive frailties were to prove costly once again when the defence switched off and although Bryan blocked two efforts Shelf had a third bite of the cherry to make it 4-2.
It could have been five within a minute but first Alistair Roberts made a fantastic block and then George Delahunty won the rebound and played the ball to the right. From there Luke Ford powered up the wing and cut the ball inside to McCrink who played in Silas Ennis to curl in a great shot from outside the area only to be adjudged offside.
Brighouse heads dropped and Shelf capitalised to make 5-2 after 50 minutes.
It looked like Shelf would go on a rampage but the last 10 minutes belonged to Brighouse with Joseph Moore setting up McCrink for his second before Brook Potter had an effort blocked and both Ford and Ennis went close.
A well-taken strike by Thomas Pearson sealed a strong second half performance by Brighouse Juniors under 11s despite a 3-2 defeat to Batley.
Pearson took his chance well and added to Tyne Binns’ effort which put the visitors back into the game.
A crazy 10 minute spell had seen Brighouse go 3-0 down in the first half.
The game settled down into an even contest which saw defender Ben Orley secure the man of the match.
Brighouse Juniors U10s are pleased to announce The Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, Bradford Road, as their new sponsor. The Great Wall has provided the team’s coaches with tracksuit tops and has already offered further sponsorship of new kits for the players next season. Brighouse Under 10s also hosted the first Great Wall three- team challenge in pre season which proved to be a huge hit with all involved.