Brighouse Town’s Development side were knocked out at the second round stage of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup on Saturday away to Pool AFC.
Town never got going, despite having a strong squad out and captained by first-team player Will Tolley alongside Tim Wallace, Matt Stor and Ashley Scully, who have all appeared for the first team this term.
Pool were a decent side and well deserved the win which started with an excellent solo goal inside 10 minutes as their right winger waltzed passed the entire Town defence to slot home for 1-0.
Their second came shortly after via a corner that found Pool’s centre-half unmarked to head home leaving goalkeeper Luke Hirst with no chance again.
Being 2-0 down inside 20 minutes seemed to wake the visitors up as they then looked to play forward quicker into Jack Normanton, who was impressing up front.
Town couldn’t convert, however, with Marc Everingham and Scully coming close.
The message at half time was clear that the next goal was important.
And so it proved to be as Pool made it 3-0 after a counter-attack wasn’t cleared properly, which gifted the hosts’ winger with his second of the match.
Even though there was time left in the game, Town seemed to be looking for damage limitation and never really believed they could get back in the game. Pool added two more goals in the last 10 minutes of the game to make it a disappointing 5-0 loss for Charlie Tolley’s young men.
One of the few positives, for Tolley was that, with an average age of under 18, it will have served as another learning curve for a promising group of players who will look for better against Ovenden tonight.