Brighouse Echo Sport – Town News by Dave Parker

BRIGHOUSE TOWN had to alter Tuesday evening’s Yorkshire Trophy tie with Horbury Town when the Wakefield area side asked for the game in view of the Red Alert heat warnings to be moved to Wednesday night.

Town’s progress to the final ended with a 1-1 draw, their goal coming in the 61st minute with a blistering shot from 30 yards out by Sam Drake. In the 84th minute John Bennett equalised for Horbury who put in a very good performance for the crowd of 78.

The final will now be between Campion, unbeaten in three games in the other group and Garforth Town. We should have the venue and date for you later today.

A busy Town also have the National League North side Guiseley visiting on Friday night (7.30-please note the earlier time).

Last Saturday Vill Powell’s men drew 1-1 with Eccleshill United in now their annual pre-season friendly. The Bradford side took the lead in the 58th minute and then Jack Boyle replied for Town two minutes later with a beautifully executed free kick.

Powell has now left the squad in the capable hands of his assistant Stacy Reed and coach John Francis while he gets in a family holiday in Jamaica ahead of the last two home pre-season friendlies with Bradford City on Friday, July 29 and Whitby Town on August 6 and then the first Pitching In Northern Premier League

Division One East home game with Hebburn Town one week later.

It is understood with the demise of the Yorkshire Amateur club in the past week that two unnamed players are heading for the Yorkshire Payments Stadium while Tadcaster Albion have jumped in for the club’s former Gibraltar international and Farsley Celtic striker Adam Priestley.

Wing back Darius Smith, who was released at the end of last season, is having trials with AFC Fylde.

Last Sunday, Town played host to a Daniel Wilkinson Foundation match. Daniel passed away in 2016 when playing for the now defunct Barnsley club Shaw Lane that had been expected to climb all the way up the football pyramid.

Daniel’s parents attended along with the NPL chairman Mark Harris.

Former Town coach Paul Quinn took the Brighouse Town Select side which lost 6-4 to a Shaw Lane X1.

In view of the hot and sunny afternoon the game was played over two 30 minute periods.

After just two minutes Oscar Radford put Shaw Lane in the lead before 10 minutes later Leon Osborne equalised for Town.
On 20 minutes Jonathon Wafula put Shaw Lane in the lead again before former Town goalkeeper Harry Stead, playing out, equalised on 25 minutes.
and that is how stayed until the half-time whistle.
Five minutes into the new half Alex Byrne made it 3-2 for the south Yorkshire visitors before current Town player Alex King made it 3-3 on 39 minutes.
Two minutes later and Bryne bagged his brace and put the visitors 4-3 up. Former Town assistant manager to Quinn at the time and now a leading official of the West Riding County FA, Lee Ashforth made 4-4 with a penalty conversion.
Byrne completed his hat-trick on 55 minutes and three minutes later he made sure of the game with his fourth and the scoreline of 6-4.
The day raised £750 between entrance and raffle for the foundation.

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