Brighouse’s Development side squandered a 2-0 lead in the dying minutes of this game.
The Development side were strengthened by the inclusion of first team squad members Isaac Baldwin, Dan Illingworth, Will Tolley and Ash Scully for a game played on a the 3G surface at Leeds Beckett University.
As the first half progressed Brighouse began to get some control of the game but frequently were guilty of taking too many touches and allowing the opposition to regain possession. Baldwin and Jack Normanton both had half-chances and a Macaulay Peacock wayward shot were the only real attempts that Brighouse created.
The second half saw the introduction of exiting new prospect Shelden Rodgers and Scully, with Baldwin being given a freer role to play off the advanced Peacock up front. This change had an immediate impact on the game when Rodgers broke quickly and the ball was transferred across the field to provide Normanton with a clear shooting opportunity that he despatched confidently.
Baldwin had further opportunities to extend Brighouse’s lead but was unable to convert. After 70 minutes the lead was doubled when Cal Lewis drove out from the middle of the park to release Rodgers, whose shot was parried out only as far as Scully who confidently scored.
The team then looked to manage the game by retaining possession and deny the opposition any chances. This worked until the last five minutes when, the RIASA fullback was able to run almost unopposed and finish confidently into the far corner.
A cheap free kick was conceded. The opposition forward struck an almost inch perfect shot into the top corner to give Hirst no chance and level the scores..
Manager Charles Tolley said: “Being 2-0 up with only five minutes remaining was disappointing then to concede two late goals, but on reflection there were many positives to come out of the game with the performances of Rodgers and Khasa worthy of special mention.”