Youth Cup dream ends in extra time

A brave effort by Brighouse Town’s Youth Cup team saw them narrowly lose 4-3 at home in the first qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup to Vanarama National North side North Ferriby Utd.

The opening goal was scored by Ferriby after a corner wasn’t dealt with properly and a deep Brighouse line allowed the Ferriby striker to waltz into the six-yard box and slot home inside 17 minutes.

This ignited Town’s midfield duo of Marcus Hadfield and Josh Petersen who drove the team on towards the Ferriby goal, combining with Reagan and Jake Broadbent to create half-chances for Ben Pearson.

Town’s youngsters finally got the equalizer on 30 minutes through an unlikely source when Will Hirst kept a corner alive by chipping the ball towards the goal which landed in the far corner of the net.

Town withstood Ferriby’s reaction pushed on and took the lead through Hirst again with a bullet header from a Jake Broadbent corner on 39 minutes.

Ferriby came out the better side early in the second half and benefitted from poor marking by Town to level on 55 minutes.

Ten minutes later Ferriby retook the lead but Josh Knight’s introduction sparked Brighouse. He created the equaliser when his ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and Regan Broadbent smashed the ball home on 76 minutes. .

Brighouse dominated large parts of extra time but could not take their chances.

Ferriby were limited to a counter-attack they played very well. Ollie Simpson and George Digman went close for Old Boys before Ferriby won the game; a great 25-yard drive into the corner on 117 minutes.

Manager Simon Ward said: “We’d like to say well done to all the boys for a great effort and we’re sure to see some of these lads progress through the ranks into the 
Development side having already had Marcus Hadfield, Ellis Nicholls and George Digman make the step up this year already.”