Brighouse Town continued their unbeaten run in their third pre-season friendly last Saturday at home to AFC Emley with a winning goal in the 87th minute.
The Huddersfield side, who have certainly pushed the boat out in the closed season on the recruitment side, looked the more livelier and skilful side in the first 30 minutes and deserved their opening goal through striker Reuben Jerome. The former Town player, who most recently has been playing for Workington and Ramsbottom United, struck home a 32nd minute penalty.
It remained 1-0 at the break and afterwards Town returned as they had done in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Eccleshill United a more competitive side and slowly began to turn the tables on their visitors.
In the 56th minute striker Myron Gibbons, who missed a good part of the second half of last season through injury, found the back of the net to equalise.
Jerome went very near with a thunderous strike on 75 minutes before Gibbons bagged his brace and Town’s winning goal.
Town gave a trial to experienced goalkeeper former Farsley Celtic keeper Kyle Trennery in the second half as Jamie Hassall was retired to the bench.
In the past week Town have registered more signings to bolster the squad after what manager Vill Powell has witnessed in the first three games.
Those on board are defender Jamie Allsop from Nostell Miners Welfare, striker Malachi Bailey from the club’s U-23 side, defender or midfielder Will Crook from Tadcaster Albion, defender Matthew Ingham from Farsley Celtic, defender Alexander Phillipson from Matlock Town who has also played out in Malta and utility player Curtis Peters from Albion Sports.
Town have no pre-season game this Saturday but will resume at Penistone Church next Tuesday (7.45) and another away game has been sorted for Tuesday July 25 at promoted Worksop Town (7.30).
On Saturday morning July 22 the squad and management will play footgolf at Bradley Park GC, Fixby, Huddersfield.
The draws have been made for the Emirates Extra Preliminary round and Preliminary round ties and Town will travel on Saturday, July 19 to the winners of the Glossop North End and Colne tie on August 5.
In the ISUZU FA Trophy First Qualifying Round Town will entertain Hebburn Town from their own East Division of the Northern Premier League on Saturday, September 9 (3.0). Should they win that tie they will entertain on Saturday, September 23 the winners of the Widnes or Clitheroe tie.
The fixtures will be out for the 2023-24 season at 12 noon today (Thursday) and Town officials can then start to sort out their match day sponsorships.. Town lost their Tuesday night home fixture with a Bradford City side going down 3-2.
They trailed at the break 3-0 with goals from Sam Bentley after seven minutes, Mo Sedibeh seven minutes later and then in the 43rd minute through Isaac Robinson.
Town gradually came back into the game in the second half and finally got on the scoreboard on 75 minutes.
Skipper Mo Qasim, who got married last Saturday, was brought down in the box and then took the penalty himself to make it 3-1.
Five minutes later and Jack Cook rose above the City defence and looped a header into the net for 3-2.
A draw would have been a satisfactory outcome but City kept Town at bay in the last 10minutes.