Brighouse Town 2
Worksop Parramore 2
Baris NCEL Premier Division
BRIGHOUSE Town player-manager Paul Quinn said he was satisfied with a point after a frustrating game which ended in a draw against fellow top four side Worksop Parramore.
Both teams created plenty of opportunities but were evenly matched on performance.
Town could have edged it if they had been awarded what appeared to be a stonewall penalty which might also have resulted in a red card for the offending Worksop player.
“We weren’t at our best today, but one thing we can say is that we have picked up another point against a team that is up there,” said Quinn.
“Good sides find a way of not getting beat, but I thought the way we responded in the second half was great.
“The pitch was heavy going but we can’t use that as an excuse, we need to learn to adapt.”
Commenting on the referee’s decision not to award a penalty to Brighouse, the manager said: “I couldn’t think of a better example of a goal scoring opportunity, it could have cost us the game. I just can’t see how it wasn’t a sending off.”
The crowd was swelled at the Dual Seal Stadium with the Halifax versus Sollihull match postponed due to the Shay pitch being frozen at the time of inspection.
Four minutes in and the first shot of the game came from the visitor’s Jamie Green who received a perfect ball from Matty Thorpe, but his shot just went wide of the post with keeper Tom Taylor ready and waiting.
With pressure on the Town line and another attempt from Scott Bates, Taylor was on form and cleared the danger.
It was frustration for Town on 11 minutes when Tom Matthews sent the perfect ball into the box but no one was on the end of it to finish.
The ball then went up the field and Town’s Ernest Boafo brought the ball down and slid the ball to Danny Naidole but his shot lacked the power and Darryl Winter kicked the ball off the line.
Town were given a free kick on 17 minutes for a handball, but Naidole’s attempt went to the right of the goalmouth.
Three minutes later Boafo sweetly hit a superb shot on goal but keeper Steve Hennadez made the save.
A free kick on 30 minutes was given to Worksop for a pull back and the visitors went one up with a goal from Lee Thompson.
Two minutes later Matthews took aim but Hennadez caught the ball at ground level.
On 41 minutes Taylor made three successive saves as Worksop dominated.
With a minute to half time Taylor saved another shot from Bates and from the corner Lee Holmes’ shot looked a dead cert, but it hit the crossbar to Town’s relief and it was one nil to the visitors at half time.
Town made some second half substitutions, with James Hurtley and Ryan Hall replacing Naidole and Joe Mitchell.
Five minutes in and Matthews had his shot saved by the keeper.
Ten minutes later, it was Town’s persistence and hard work that paid off when Boafo steered the ball into the back of the net and levelled the scores at 1-1.
Three minutes later Town were lucky as Holmes sent the ball just wide of an open goal.
Holmes then made another attempt a few minutes later but Taylor cleared the danger.
In the 63rd minute Matthews again had his attempt on goal scuppered as Thompson kicked the ball off the line.
Five minutes later Scott Lowe, the last line of defence, took down Boafo just inside the box, when he was about to score, and was only shown a yellow card to the disbelief of the Town bench and fans.
Town were awarded a free kick - the officials deeming it was just outside - taken by Matthews, and it went for a corner which was taken by Hall but the danger again for Worksop in the box was headed away by Thorpe.
In the 79th minute Bates put Worksop in the lead again to shouts of offside from the Town players and fans.
It shook up Town and a minute later they responded with Ben Thornton burying the ball in the back of the net and making it 2-2.
In the 83rd minute Town brought on fresh legs with Tom Brown being replaced by James Sutcliffe.
Both teams were defending well and in the 90th minute Leon Henry was booked for a foul.
In added time Hall hit the bar and Boafo had an effort which just went wide as Town finished on top.