BRIGHOUSE TOWN’S Development Team took a largely inexperienced side to AFC Emley in their latest Lancashire League game.
The squad of 16 contained only three players over 18 which included the most senior in Will Tolley, at age 20, who captained the side.
They came up against an older, more experienced Emley side who fielded various first-teamers coming back to fitness.
The first half was largely uneventful with chances hard to come by, Emley huffed and puffed with not much going their way as they attacked up the hill into the wind.
Town really came into the game in the second half as Jake Broadbent showed he can attack as well as link up well with debutant Leon Hurles-Brook on numerous occasions – two of which created shooting opportunities, one of which hit the post.
It was Emley who struck first, however, ex-Town development player Jack Cooper put in a good cross from the right which was finished well by an unmarked Craig Burns.
Town looked to react and came close to levelling through Marc Everingham’s 25-yard free kick that looked a certain goal only to be denied by the Emley goalkeeper.
Luke Hirst kept Town in it with a first-class, point-blank save from Cooper.
The biggest chance fell to Ashley Muncaster with minutes to go as the ball fell to him 10 yards out but he was thwarted by yet another excellent save.