Brighouse Town threw away a vital three points in their Bank Holiday Monday local derby with Ossett Albion in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier, writes Emily Anderson.
Manager Paul Quinn said: “I thought for the first 30 minutes we were nowhere near but then we dominated for the next hour.
“The weather conditions did not help; when the ball was in the air no one could gain control.
“I thought the young players in the team had a good game and we are trying to give them some game time now; its all about next season and building for the future.”
Albion threatened the Town goal in the 13th minute when Connor Brunt had his attempt blocked by Town keeper Harry Stead.
In the 17th minute goalkeeper Brett Souter, who had looked unsure with a couple of early shots, came out of the goal and didn’t see Ryan Hall approaching, but Hall put too much on the loose ball and missed.
Daniel Facey then took a shot from 30 yards out but Souter saved.
Albion went ahead in the 21st minute from a free-kick out on the right. Rob Boardman fired in a hard shot which cannoned off Ben Thornton’s head and in.
Town tried to respond via the promptings of hard working James Hurtley, Leon Henry and Ashley Scully but they were being held up in their efforts by Ross Hardaker, Luke Sharry and Dom Riordan.
A cross from the right by Ernest Boafo into the area was met by Facey but it just scraped the bar.
Atkinson swept in a free-kick but it lacked oomph and Souter took it with ease before Souter kicked a Facey effort off the line.
Despite pushing for an equaliser, Albion broke away in the 53rd minute and Bordman put the ball in the back of the net to make it 2-0.
In the 61st minute Hall was in on the Albion goal and took a shot on target but it went straight to Souter’s hands.
Seven minutes later Town were awarded a penalty for handball after Hall had been taken out after a mazy dribble. Ossett’s Hardaker and Adam Muller were both booked for fouls.
From the spot, Boafo scored his first goal since November 14 to pull Town to within a goal.
But Albion restored their two-goal advantage and sealed victory nine minutes from time after Stead punched out the first attempt on goal instead of catching it, and substitute Abdou Botang followed up and put the ball in the net, Stead slipping and failing to save the ball from going in.
Town made a few last ditch attempts in added time with Facey kicking the ball into the side netting, followed by Boafo making a break for it and almost making it one-on-one with the keeper before the referee blew for offside.
Town: Stead, Thornton , Henry, Wallace, Hurtley, Hewitt, Hall, Everingham, Boafo, Facey, Scully. Subs: Allison, Tolley, Nichols, Atkinson, Hagreen.
Ossett: Souter, Dawson , Hardaker, Sharry, Riordan, Nicholson, Walker , Paylor, Bordman, Brunt, Muller. Subs: Kerr, Hunter, Botang, Thompson, Potter.
Referee: Matthew Pope