Sports extend their lead with fine win

Actions from the game, Brighouse Sports AFC v Shelf FC at Garden Road, Brighouse. Pictured is Borhan Doski
Actions from the game, Brighouse Sports AFC v Shelf FC at Garden Road, Brighouse. Pictured is Borhan Doski

Leaders Brighouse Sports won one of just two games played in the Halifax AFL Division Three last weekend.

Brighouse stretched their advantage over Shelf FC, who have played one game more, to five points with a 4-0 win away to St Columbas.

Borhan Doski got his 20th of the season and Brighouse’s other goals came from Connor Durkin, Michael Balmforth and Nathan Shaw.

Brighouse boss Gary West said: “We are in the driving seat but I would never say we are comfortable.”

Durkin’s goal, the only one of the first half as Brighouse played against the wind, was the bes. He shot under the ‘keeper from the edge of the box after some excellent one-touch passing by his teammates.

Greetland U11 5

Brighouse Juniors U11B 5

Brighouse produced a strong performance to secure a share of the spoils against runaway Division 5B leaders Greetland.

Brighouse were dealt a blow before the game when ‘keeper Jacob Bryan injured himself in the warm up. Tom Potter and Luke Ford volunteered to do a half each.

Greetland opened the scoring and were pushing for a second, but the back three of Joshua Scott, George Delahunty and Sam Lock proved a formidable force.

Brighouse levelled when Jamie McCrink’s shot was parried into the path of Adam Swallow who put it away.

Within a minute Brighouse had taken the lead when Luke Ford received a pass out on the wing and beat his man before sliding the ball down the right wing for Adam Swallow who showed avoided three challenges before smashing home.

Greetland levelled in the 25th minute from a corner and two minutes later they were 3-2 up.

Brighouse were on the back foot early in the second half and found themselves 4-2 down. Midway through the half it was 5-2 when Greetland headed in powerfully from a corner.

Greetland looked certain to score a sixth only for Ford to pull off a stunning save. Spirits were lifted and for the next 10 minutes Brighouse played their best football of the season.

Ennis played a great ball to McCrink who beat the home defence and chipped over the ‘keeper to bring it back to 5 3. Two minutes later Brighouse were grateful to Joshua Scott who cleared off the line.

From the resulting corner Sam Lock cleared the ball to Tom Potter who played a clever pass into McCrink. His cross was only cleared to Lock who found Alistair Roberts to make it 5-4.

With only two minutes left Brighouse pushed forward and Sam Oates and Delahunty combined well to release McCrink again who scored the equaliser.