A last minute winner conceded from a corner was the only goal of a game which could have gone either way.
Enforced changes were necessary due to injury and absences, centrebacks Andy Hall and Sam Ferguson replaced by Alex Tait and Ian Brock, Vaughan Wagstaff, reserve team centreback, going in goal.
The game started with Ripon doing the majority of the attacking testing the defensive capabilities of the Brighouse back four, Tait, Brock, Luke Johnson and Joe Nalson.
To Brighouse’s credit, only once did the Ripon forwards test Wagstaff, a poor shot spoiling the good chance created.
Gradually Brighouse took a grip of the game and Rob Kenny had the clearest chance, cutting in from the left into the penalty area where he scuffed his shot, the keeper almost letting the ball dribble under his body.
The game was even in the second half, although the last 20 minutes was dominated by the home side but their willingness to attack was leaving openings for the Brighouse forwards.
Peppered by crosses, Wagstaff’s agility and courage was second to none, one of many memorable saves saw him launch himself horizontally at the ball and punching it clear.
The twist in the tail came when two minutes before the final whistle, Brighouse had the ball in the back of the net, the two substitutes Mitch Hirst and James Coates combining. However, the goal ruled out for a push by Coates just before the ball went into the net.
The final setpiece, a corner on the right, was headed towards Brighouse’s goal. Wagstaff got his hand to it but the ball just went over the line.
Brighouse Old Boys are just one game away from defending their Halifax & District FA Cup when they entertain Shelf United in their semi-final on Saturday (2.30).
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