Making it treble joy for Town

Brighouse Town U16s: Back Row: Darrell Hadala, Jake Stewart, Sam Henderson, Jordan Byrnes, Matt Wensley, Dan Holmes, Luke Hirst, Joe Farnsworth, Elliott Core, Suleman Rafiq, Darren Attwood'Front row: Dan Meredith, Callum Murgatroyd, Dale Spink, Angus Hastings, Wally Hemmingway, Harry Sutcliffe, Luke Hill, Louis Morton
Brighouse Town U16s: Back Row: Darrell Hadala, Jake Stewart, Sam Henderson, Jordan Byrnes, Matt Wensley, Dan Holmes, Luke Hirst, Joe Farnsworth, Elliott Core, Suleman Rafiq, Darren Attwood'Front row: Dan Meredith, Callum Murgatroyd, Dale Spink, Angus Hastings, Wally Hemmingway, Harry Sutcliffe, Luke Hill, Louis Morton

BRIGHOUSE Town officials and supporters were jubilant in their celebrations after securing the RCD Huddersfield U16 League Division One title following their 3-0 away victory against local rivals Brighouse Juniors.

The team, managed by Wally Hemingway and coached by Daz Attwood, deserve the accolades having achieved the treble.

They have won Division One, the West Riding County Cup and the Halifax Cup.

Some of the team have been playing together since the age of seven.

Some have also played more games than many others in the league this season, not just due to the successful cup runs, but for representative teams such as the West Riding County and Halifax and District, and to combat fatigue while concentrating on their GCSE exams, shows the character, stamina and strength of the squad.

The game itself was not the prettiest, but Town’s dogged determination to win the title was there for all to see.

With windy conditions, tired legs and Town perhaps a little nervy, they could not seem to find their usual rhythm.

Forwards Jordan Byrnes and Suleman Rafiq both came close, while Luke Hill hit the post just before half-time.

The second half was much better with Jake Stewart having probably his best game of the season.

Town’s nerves were settled when a Harry Sutcliffe penalty was put away comfortably, while a cracking Callum Murgatroyd volley gave Town a 2-0 lead following a Sam Henderson corner.

Rafiq completed the victory with a 25-yard shot, which gave the keeper little chance.

Town’s defence, comprising Dan Meredith, Louis Morton, Dan Holmes and Joe Farnsworth kept the home side at bay.

Tough tacklers, Angus Hastings and Dale Spink, who have given their all this season and keeper Luke Hirst, who pulled off some tremendous saves, denied any counter-attacks.

With the league title sewn up, Town enjoyed a 5-3 victory the following evening against Meltham Athletic.

The icing on the cake was a 2-0 win against Almondbury Lions on Sunday.

On the same day, Town were presented with the league shield in front of a very proud and appreciative Brighouse Town crowd.