A NIGHTMARE start and a controversial refereeing decision proved the undoing of Brighouse Juniors U17s as they were narrowly beaten at home by Longcar.
Brighouse failed to get going and found themselves two down within the first seven minutes to a very physical Barnsley side before pulling a goal back through an Aaron Sykes’ penalty after striker Matty Waller was chopped down in the box.
Waller then netted himself to level the scores after good work by Joe Baldwin but five minutes later, as the referee appeared distracted, a Longcar player - who looked offside - bundled the ball beyond home keeper Jack Scott.
Despite protests, the goal was allowed to stand - and Longcar pulled further ahead early in the second half scrambling the ball into the net.
Brighouse stormed back on 65 minutes with an individual goal from influential midfielder James Lumb, who beat four defenders before firing past the Longcar keeper.
Conor Durkin was also in the thick of the action as the Juniors pressed forward in search of an equaliser but it was not to be as stand-in striker Daniel Lever’s shot flew over the crossbar and Brighouse attacker Ashley Johnson blazed a goal attempt wide.