Brighouse singing in the rain as Boafo and Hall strike in replay

Ernest Boafo
Ernest Boafo

Brighouse Town defied monsoon conditions to triumph in Monday’s FA Cup preliminary round replay.

They did the business at the second attempt in monsoon conditions against a side who were determined they would be entertaining Newton Aycliffe on September 12.

Paul Quinn made several changes from Saturday and these included captain Leon Henry out through injury and Daniel Facey again tied up with family business.

Town almost took the lead on three minutes when Ernest Boafo challenged for a 50-50 ball with Danny Taberner and the rebound off the goalkeeper just squirmed along the line and away to safety.

It was all Town, playing up the slope on a well-grassed pitch, in the first 10 minutes and their custodian, Paul Hagreen, had only one save to make.

The home side then started to come into the game more but Town still looked the dominant force and on 21 minutes they got the goal they deserved after two or three close calls.

A free-kick was awarded 35 yards out on the right. Sam Hewitt looked to take it but was sent forward and Martin Allison delivered a good ball into the area where Boafo weaved his magic and then on the angle swung the right boot and the ball was in the back of the net from 12 yards out.

Debutant central defender Danny Illingworth was booked on 25 minutes after Hagreen had also just missed a yellow card after taking the ball back towards his goal after placing it in touch with a sliding tackle to beat an attacker down his right. Three minutes later and referee Alan Clayton was booking Collieries’ Salford City loanee Josh Messer as the tie warmed up.

The home side, cheered on by some 200 in the 300-plus crowd, then almost levelled on 35 minutes when Mark Battersby slipped his marker and fired across goal.

It was all Collieries now and Hagreen made a great diving save to his right to deny Kristian Holt before tricky winger Ben Hardcastle, the scorer on Saturday, found the net after beating two defenders.

The second-half commenced in a deluge, which got worse as the half wore on, but following a booking for Will Tolley, who played well at fullback, Town regained the lead in the 49th minute.

It was Tolley who supplied a perfect ball for Ryan Hall, who then sped off into the home area and put the ball well out of Taberner’s reach.

Steve Hollingworth, who had been working tirelessly for Town up front, just headed over the bar as Brighouse strove to seal it.

Collieries hit back and Messer struck the underside of the crossbar on 53 minutes and the ball was nervously cleared downfield. The rain was now incessant but Boafo struck and Taberner just saved. Quinn rested Hollingworth and brought on Tom Robinson, who has been out on loan at Nostell.

Players were slipping and surface water was appearing in the home half but it was end-to-end stuff and Hagreen pulled off another great save from Gareth Peet in the 71st minute ahead of Ben Thornton replacing Allison.

The home side, via captain Battersby, claimed for everything off the referee, who, in the 80th minute, booked Ayres.

Defender Mat Stor replaced winger Kurt Harris for Town as they looked to hang on and they did despite playing six minutes stoppage time.

Brighouse Town: Hagreen, Hewitt, Tolley, Illingworth, Wilson, Allison, Hall, Haigh, Boafo, Hollingworth, Harris. Substitutes: Thronton, Stead, Pollard, Scully, Robinson, Stor, Hurtley.