This was the first local derby to take place between Brighouse Town and newcomers to division 1, Brighouse Juniors, for some time. The conditions were blustery and rain lashed, whilst the game was played out in front of a decent crowd, which included scouts from Everton, Leeds and Huddersfield Town.
Town started the more sprightly on the slippery surface with excellent link up play from Louie Morton, Jordan Byrnes and Suleman Rafiq causing problems for the opposition. The first proper chance fell to Town, when a Byrnes shot went just wide of the keepers right hand post. Town were certainly enjoying most of the possession and were unlucky not to be 1-0 up, when a thunderbolt free kick from Matt Wensley, which was heading for the top right hand corner, brought out a magnificent save from the opposition keeper. However two minutes later Town found themselves 1-0 down when a well drilled shot found its way in to Luke Hirst's net.
Town's midfield trio of Harry Sutcliffe , Jake Stewart and Sam Henderson continued to battle hard and an equaliser from Wensley after the keeper failed to hold was well deserved . Just before half time a Byrnes header brought out another good save from the keeper after an excellent cross from Spinks. Towns keeper Hirst, was also being kept busy making some good saves under pressure.
In the second half Town were 2-1 down after a well struck free kick found the back of the Town net, giving the keeper no chance. Tempers were getting a little frayed and the referee had his work cut out, cautioning players from both sides. Town were back on equal terms when a cheeky lob from Spinks deceived the keeper after a smart header down from Sutcliffe.
Joe Farnsworth was grafting hard on the right hand side, sending some decent crosses into the box, however Town were caught on the break and another well struck shot gave the opposition the lead. This wasn't going to be Towns day and despite going close from a Sutcliffe header, their local rivals secured all three points when another well driven free kick made it 2-4 on the day. Back to back defeats for Town is a rarity, however these are early days and there will be no doubts that this team can bounce back and find the form which will see them competing for the title come the end of the season.
Final score Brighouse Town 2 - 4 Brighouse Juniors