Home side go through in tense cup struggle

BRIGHOUSE Juniors progressed to the third round of the Huddersfield U17s League Cup with a hard-fought victory over Mirfield opponents Battyeford.

Captain James Lumb fired home the opening goal from a pinpoint Max Lister cross in the first minute as the home team swept forward from the kick-off.

But, other than a Conor Durkin shot on 20 minutes which was saved by the away keeper and a Battyeford free kick on 40 minutes which was scrambled clear by the Brighouse defence, there were few chances for either side in a tense first half.

The second half too was just as feisty as Brighouse fought to protect their lead with Lumb, Durkin, Joe Baldwin and Ashley Johnson battling hard from midfield against a physical Battyeford side.

On 65 minutes Lister was unlucky as he headed wide after a super cross from the right by Johnson but five minutes later Brighouse found themselves down to 10 men as hard-working Durkin pulled up injured and had to come off.

With no substitutes the home team looked like they may be up against it but minutes later scored.

Lumb brilliantly weaved past four defenders and picked out Johnson who hammered his shot past the Battyeford keeper.

The goal sparked Battyeford to life and as they poured forward there was some determined defending by Brighouse with Haydn Bennett and Joe Denford in the thick of the action.

With four minutes to go the away team were awarded a penalty after Baldwin was adjudged to have handled in the box.

He received a yellow card and the spot kick was squeezed in off the post past the unlucky Brighouse keeper Ethan Dingley.

With Brighouse clinging on, the home team had the chance to ease the nerves on the stroke of full-time when Lumb fired in a cross which bobbled around in the six yard box.

But the Battyeford goalie grabbed it from the toes of stand-in striker Daniel Lever just before he could get a shot away.