Brighouse Town 3
Armthorpe Welfare 4
Brighouse Town saw their recent unbeaten run in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division come to and end in the most heartbreaking of fashions against Armthorpe.
The two sides looked favourites to share the spoils with the scores locked at 3-3 after 90 minutes, only for former Manchester United and Bradford City player Ben Muirhead to pounce in stoppage time to snatch victory for the visitors.
Town struggled to impose themselves on a direct Armthorpe side but boss Paul Quinn believes they should have had enough to see the game out.
“It was the manner of the defeat more than anything,” said Quinn. “After going 3-2 up we should have been able to see the game out but we struggled to defend against Armthorpe’s directness and set-pieces all game and they punished that.
“I was disappointed by the way we conceded some of the goals and we had chances to wrap the game up.”
A dour opening period saw Town keeper Ben Imeson save from Tom Hyde before Danny Naidole fired across the face of goal following a short corner routine with Adam Wilson.
The visitors finally broke the deadlock just before the quarter hour mark when James Walker’s deceptive cross was fumbled over his own goalline by Imeson as he fell backwards.
Brighouse went immediately in search of an equaliser and they did not have to wait long with Sam Akeroyd making ground towards the edge of the area before firing home his first goal for the club.
Town looked the more likely to hit the front with Tom Matthews having a powerful shot saved by Armthorpe keeper Jamie Green before they claimed the second goal their play deserved when Matthews laid the ball into the path of Danny Hull who confidently side footed the ball home.
Town should have kicked on but suffered a nightmare start to the second half when James Stansfield was allowed to head home the leveller from a corner.
The hosts were still largely in control with Wilson volleying over following a corner before Naidole had a penalty appeal waved away by the referee after he had appeared to be brought down in the box by the keeper.
Armthorpe still carried a threat but it was Town who gave themselves some breathing space when Matthews fed Akeroyd and the young midfielder cleverly made space for himself before shooting past Green.
Armthorpe proved stubborn opposition and they levelled again when a naïve challenge by Akeroyd inside the box allowed Joe Lumsden to go over and he picked himself up to score from the spot.
Town pushed on and Naidole’s goal bound volley was deflected by Nick Jagger straight into the keeper’s arms while Wilson was unlucky to see his effort hit the outside of the post.
However, they were made to pay for not tucking those chances away when Colbear crossed and Muirhead was on hand to force the ball home.