Last Friday night saw Brighouse Town’s development side take on RIASA away at Leeds Beckett University in the first leg of the Lancashire League Cup 2nd round.
Brighouse started the quicker with the experienced James Pollard pulling all the strings behind a welcome return for Tom Robinson, who has been out virtually all season so far due to illness.
The latter came close, hitting the post early on. RIASA huffed and puffed but to no avail.
The side, linked with American universities, are very strong defensively and through the middle but often fail to threaten in the final third.
The teams largely cancelled each other out for 60 minutes and then RIASA struck a 25-yard wonder strike which looped over Luke Hirst in the Town goal.
Town hit back, but struggled with the physicality and pace of RIASA, who didn’t give Town any time on the ball.
The closest to an equalizing goal was Robinson slotting home after what appeared to be good work from Ash Scully – only for the latter to be flagged for offside.
The game finished 1-0 with there arguably being nothing between the two teams – apart from that wonder goal.
However, nobody can begrudge a very organised, strong athletic side the win in this instance with a goal worthy of a final.
The return game was called off Monday night owing to a waterlogged Dual Seal Stadium pitch and is due for rescheduling with manager Charlie Tolley confident the boys can turn around a 1-0 deficit in home soil.