Cup dream for Brighouse ends abruptly at hands of Newton

Ernest Boafo for Brighouse.
Ernest Boafo for Brighouse.

Brighouse Town disappointingly bowed out of the FA Cup to a team from a level below them in the football pyramid system – goals either side of half time proving their undoing.

In the first 15 minutes it was all Town and it did look at one stage to be how many they could score following on from the six they had put past New Mills on the previous Monday evening.

On seven minutes, Tom Haigh bent a superb ball from some 20 yards out that was going in at the bottom of the far post until visiting goalkeeper James Winter just managed to palm it round the post.

Three minutes later, Ernest Boafo had a right-foot shot deflected back to him from Winter, but his left-foot reply went wide of the target.

Town continued to apply the pressure and Ryan Hall went flying down the left wing with two players in support in the middle before he was unceremoniously dumped by Alex Kitchen, who was very fortunate to be given a yellow card by referee Peter Henger and not red as the Town fans surged out of their seats.

This appeared to be something of a turning point in the game as the visitors then appeared at times to get away with a lot of fouls under the nose of the three officials.

On 17 minutes, Town almost found themselves a goal down when the Newtonians star player, centre forward Matty Moffat, scraped the crossbar with a head from a free kick.

Two minutes later, and Town’s centre back Daniel Illingworth was booked for a professional foul before Town veteran Martin Allison was also booked for a foul on Coffee, who had appeared to have fouled him first, which further fired up the crowd and Town’s bench.

The Durham side came more into the game and Zak Boagey put Moffat in on goal, only for goalkeeper Paul Hagreen managed to spread himself and make the save.

But Moffatt didn’t miss on 45 minutes as, once more, he came into the box on the right and this time rifled it past Hagreen.

Leon Henry replaced an injured Haigh at the break and, two minutes into the second half, Newton Aycliffe were two-up as Dennis Knight, a good foil for Moffat, beat two defenders and then curled a great shot out of the reach of Hagreen and into the top right-hand corner of his net.

On 52 minutes, Isaac Baldwin was replaced by Steve Hollingworth and, eight minutes later, Kurt Harris just headed over with Winter beaten.

Adam Field, returning from injury, then replaced Ben Thornton before – in the 70th minute –Boafo had two more attempts to get the ball across the line but was foiled by Winter.

A minute later, came the controversial Coffey booking and, shortly after, Knight was booked for time wasting.

Leading goalscorer Boafo was once more denied in the 76th minute when the flag went up for offside as he buried the ball in the net.

Seven minutes later, as Town kept up the pressure, Harris had the ball in the net but he was very controversially given offside.

He then followed up with an individual effort only to see his goalbound shot blocked and Boafo was shortly once more denied by Winter as his side held out.

The winners will now entertain 2014-15 FA Trophy winners North Ferriby Utd in the second qualifying round on Saturday week. The visitors left the Dual Seal Stadium £3,000 better off on a day they called the result the biggest in their 50-year history.