Brighouse Town had yet another strong run out in their third pre-season friendly against last year’s FA Vase winners Dunston UTS.
It was a very good, competitive game with some quality football on display and Town were just pipped in the end by a stronger Dunston outfit.
A good crowd of more than 170 watched this closely fought encounter and it wasn’t until the 38th minute that the visitors scored, Andrew Bulford putting them ahead.
However, Brighouse had the final say in the first half when Keiran Ryan levelled just before the whistle.
Dunston took control again on 46 minutes when Bulford baggeda brace, and although Town threw everything at them, a slightly fitter Dunston held on.
“It was yet another really positive performance and everyone played well,” said Town manager Paul Quinn.
“Dunston are a good, physical side and we just lacked a bit of cutting edge in the last third of the game.
“But there are lots of positives to take from the game and the squad is shaping up nicely.
“We will now get ready for the home match with Guiseley (tonight, Thursday 7.45) and we will field the strongest side possible, and will continue to do so for the remainder of the friendlies.
“There are plenty of players in the picture and from over 25 players we think we have managed to narrow it down to around 18 or 19.
“Unfortunately, it looks as though we are going to lose Adam Wilson for a couple of months, as he awaits surgery on his knee.
“We still have some good cover at centre half. Tom Brown is also struggling with a knee injury he picked up in the Halifax game and Nick Jaggar is carrying a groin injury.”
“However, we have a good squad and come two weeks on Saturday it will be all systems go.”
After thre Guiseley game Town welcome Curzon Ashton due next Tuesday 7.45pm and then on Friday, August 2 AFC Emley entertain Town at the Welfare Ground (7.30pm)
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by Charlotte Henbest
The new Baris Northern Counties East League Premier Division starts in earnest on Saturday August 10 at home to promoted Bradford-based club Albion Sports (3.00pm).
The remaining fixtures in August are: August 13 Tadcaster Albion v Town (7.45pm), August 17 Town v Seaham Red Star (3.00pm) in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, August 20 Town v Glasshoughton Welfare (7.45pm), August 24 Town v Basford Utd (3.00pm), Bank Holiday Monday, August 26 Staveley Miners Welfare v Town (3.00pm), August 31 Lincoln Moorlands Railway v Town (3.00pm).