BRIGHOUSE Town’s development side have got off the mark following their visit to take on Ossett Town Reserves.
Charlie Tolley’s men got off to a very poor start when they gifted Ossett the first goal inside one minute by giving the ball away cheaply in the defensive third. It was well finished by the Ossett striker.
Town looked to react quickly and won a corner almost which was whipped in by Connah Judson and powered into the corner by Craig Billington, making it 1-1 inside three minutes.
This gave Town confidence to take the game to Ossett and utilise dangerous duo Ash Scully and Jacob Lever out wide.
Town’s strikers Billington and Tom Robinson were a handful all game and when Robinson crossed for Billington, he deftly flicked the ball to find Judson making a late run before smashing the ball in off the post with his left foot.
Town’s second goal was the catalyst for Ossett to put more pressure on Wallace and Nicholls in the back four, who were looking to play the ball out.
After hitting the bar with a dangerous free-kick, Ossett won a corner that was converted after a poor defensive clearance, and it was 2-2 on 25 minutes.
Again, Town reacted well with Billington rolling back the years, turning the Ossett centre-half inside out, but he could not dig out a finish.
Town got their rewards after good pressure from Billington, who won the ball and then squared for Robinson, who finished confidently to make it 3-2 on 36 minutes.
Ossett came out sharp for the second half but were unable to break through.
Wallace came off with a slight injury to make way for debutant Sheridan Rodgers, and at the same time George Digman, who had made a good impression in his first outing, was replaced by Jean Khasa on 53 minutes.
Town added to the fresh legs with Jordan Baker replacing Jacob Lever on 60 minutes and Jack Normanton replacing the busy Ashley Scully two minutes later.
Ossett had their best spell of the game during the next 20 minutess but could not manage a clear-cut chance despite their possession and work rate.
Town’s defence stood tall to everything, with captain Will Tolley leading the way by making some excellent interceptions.
Debutant Rodgers went close with a good run before deflecting a shot towards goal that was saved brilliantly by the Ossett goalkeeper.
Town extended their lead on 80 minutes and all but finished the game off when Judson turned well and played a crossfield ball to Normanton, who tricked his way past the Ossett full-back only to be brought down for a penalty.
There were no complaints from Ossett and Normanton dusted himself down and got up to score the penalty and make it 4-2.
The game was all but over with Town managing the game well.
They had a chance to finish the game off with a fifth goal but Robinson’s audacious back-heel attempt trickled wide.