Reserves out after first loss

Brighouse Town's Luke Hill (orange) against Ryburn
Brighouse Town's Luke Hill (orange) against Ryburn

Brighouse Town’s Development side were withoutseven regulars as they went down to their first defeat of the season.

With an average age of under 19 the team coped well in tough conditions against Halifax AFL Premier opponents.

Ryburn took the lead after seven minutes when a throw in from the left was flicked on and poked home in a goalmouth scramble.

As the half wore on the superior fitness of the development team began to show and half chances were created for Isaac Baldwin, Luke Hill and Cormac Noel without success.

Suleman Rafiq should have equalised when he skilfully created a one on one but he opted to try and chip the ball over the ‘keeper instead of striking low and hard at the goal.

In the second half the Development team upped the tempo and dominate without creating good chances.

The experienced Ryburn defence continued to soak up the pressure and deal with wave after wave of attacks.

Long range shots from Ryan Farrell, Adam Williams and Callum Murgatroyd were the closest the team came to scoring.

With 10 minutes remaining Kevy Tarangadzo was pushed forward in search of the equaliser, which nearly came when he caused panic in the Ryburn defence but his shot flew wide.

Ryburn scored their second goal on a quick counter attack with only a minute of stoppage time left.

Brighouse Town Reserves 0 Ryburn United 2

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