BRIGHOUSE Town bowed out of the West Riding Cup at the first hurdle following a defeat by Knaresborough Town.
Brighouse created the first chance when James Sutcliffe slipped Ernest Boafa in down the right channel and he crossed for Tom Matthews, but Knaresborough keeper James Stratton got a hand to the cross. The ball broke for Joe Mitchell but his shot was blocked on the line.
Even though Brighouse were dominating, Knaresborough took the lead when Seb Carole’s shot seemed to deceive Tom Taylor and nestled in the bottom corner.
Brighouse were level within two minutes when James Sutcliffe crossed from the right. The ball was hacked to Greg Porter who beat James Stratton with a lovely curled shot from 25 yards.
Boafa was denied by Stratton but the ball broke for winger Ryan Hall but Stratton tipped the ball for a corner.
Stratton was called into action several times as Town forced a number of corners before Knaresborough regained the lead when Carole was again allowed space and the striker steadied himself before beating Taylor.
Knaresborough created the first chance of the second half when Carole volley was well-saved by Taylor.
Two minutes later Byron Littlefair slipped Paul Eagling in down the left, the winger swung the ball in to Stephen Bromley but the ball was cleared for a corner.
On 65 minutes, Donnelly’s miss hit cross put Taylor under pressure, but the Brighouse keeper moved his feet well to tip the ball over the bar.
The game was all square after 73 minutes when Jason Harding handled and Mathews stepped up to sent Stratton the wrong way from the spot.
Brighouse should have taken the lead a minute later whe James Hurtley raced clear of the home defence, but Stratton was on hand to block the shot and the loose ball was cleared by Thomas.
Brighouse continued to create chances but it was Knaresborough who grabbed the all important goal when the ball bounced nicely for Paul Eagling and the winger fired an unstoppable 30 yard shot into the top left hand corner of Taylor’s net, giving the Brighouse keeper no chance of saving.
Town return to Northern Counties East League Premier Division action on Saturday when they entertain Staveley Miners Welfare (3pm).
Knaresborough Town 3 Brighouse Town 2
West Riding County Cup