Last minute winner brings heartbreak

BRAVE Brighouse suffered last gasp heartbreak as table-topping Almondbury Lions snatched a winner just before the end in a pulsating game.

Bottom club Brighouse made a mockery of their lowly postition as they matched the RCD Huddersfield Division Two leaders stride for stride throughout most of the game.

The away team could have gone ahead early in the game but Ashley Johnson’s powerfully-struck penalty was saved by the Almondbury goalkeeper.

Undeterred, Brighouse continued pressing with fellow striker Jordan Naylor running tirelessly and midfielders James Lumb and Jack Molloy scrapping for every ball until half-time.

In the second half Almondbury stepped up the pace and hit the post twice but the Brighouse defence, marshalled by Haydn Bennett, Conor Durkin and Aaron Sykes, were outstanding.

When the Huddersfield side did get through, the away team’s goalkeeper Daniel Lever was on fine form bravely diving at feet to foil attacks or tipping the ball away.

The latter stages turned niggly as the two teams went for the winner and Lumb was booked. Almondbury piled on the pressure winning a series of late corners.

With two minutes to go defences were breached and a sandwiched Lever bravely managed to grab the ball, but in the melee it was bundled over the line.