Brighouse Echo Sport – Town News by Dave Parker

DEFENSIVE LAPSES cost Brighouse Town dearly away to Cleethorpes Town.

The first half was largely dominated by the home side and they spurned three clear cut opportunities to put the game to bed in that time.

The breakthrough came in the 41st minute when a Brody Robertson pinpoint cross was drilled in by Oli Donald.

Better was to follow for the hosts after the break when first, their man of the match, Luke Lofts outsmarted the Town defence with sheer skill in the 48th minute before beating Brett Souter. On 63 minutes Robertson, a first half provider, made it 3-0 with a glancing header to beat Souter.

Just ahead of the goal Town had introduced Elliot Harrison and Shiraz Khan for Zeph Thomas and Jack Boyle.

A further 15 minutes into the game and Town had pulled one back through a Mohammed Ibrahim header in a goalmouth scramble and in the 80th minute Ibrahim bagged his brace after being put through superbly on goal via an Elliot Harrison 40 metre run through the home defence.

Town worked hard to try and rescue a point but time ran out on them.

They badly missed leading goalscorer Lawrence Sorhaindo out with tendonitis of the right knee after the Worksop Town game. He should be back on Saturday when Tadcaster Albion, with their new manager John Deacey, are the visitors at 3.0.

Town still have experienced midfielders James Hurtley (hamstring) and Danny Racchi (ankle ligaments) out of action until probably December.

Albion’s form has picked up under Deacey after a rudderless period when ex-Town manager Paul Quinn left to take on the academy at Sheffield United.

With it being the International Break weekend Town have been blessed with three major sponsors in Chris Pickles and his CHRIS-tal Clear company, ex-long serving player Mark Wood and his Prisma Colour colleagues and Chris Anderson Dental Surgeon Ltd from his Rastrick Dental Surgery. Plus former Warley CC batsman Andrew Copley is bringing 20 social football guests from the Cock of the North, Hipperholme.

Experienced local brass band cornet player David Longbottom will play the Last Post ahead of the game as Town and Albion officials remember those who lost their lives in the two Great Wars.

On Monday night, November 15 (7.45) Town will entertain Knaresborough Town in the West Riding County FA round one tie that was postponed last Monday due to a waterlogged pitch. Admission £6 and £4 and match programme on this occasion £1

Brighouse Town academy player Sam Brearley is the Player-of the month for September and October in the North section of the ESPFA.

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