Shoot out win ensures Town second string get past Golcar

BRIGHOUSE Town Reserves are Calderdale’s last hopes for West Riding Challenge Cup glory this season.

Darren Laycock’s underdogs produced an excellent display to win 4-1 on penalties after a 3-3 draw away to Golcar United in the third round on Saturday.

However, Halifax AFL outfit Copley United bowed out 6-3 away to a third West Riding CA Premier Division side, Storthes Hall, in the fourth round.

Brighouse, who now host Lepton Highlanders in the last 16 next weekend for the right to play Storthes Hall, were bouncing back from a mauling at the hands of Ovenden West Riding the previous week.

Town were rusty after a long spell of inactivity on that occasion but improved greatly at Golcar, who have lost only two league games this season.

Joe Swallow gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half with an excellent shot but Simon Rawnsley scored twice in the space of four minutes to give the hosts an interval lead.

Brighouse finished the half strongly and kept up the good work in the second half, the outstanding Andy Hawker eventually scoring.

Golcar were hanging on in the closing stages but took the lead in the first minute of extra time, Rawnsley completing his hat-trick with a fine individual effort.

Hawker and Jake Driver threatened for Brighouse while Golcar were dangerous on the counter.

In the closing seconds, academy player Thomas Rose grabbed an equaliser for Brighouse, chipping the keeper following Driver’s pass.

It was a demoralising blow for Golcar and that was reflected in the penalty shoot-out. Hagreen saved two of Golcar’s efforts, including their opener from Rawnsley, and the visitors hit the target with their first four efforts to go through.

Copley were 3-0 down at half time away to Storthes Hall and although James Murphy, Gary Devlin and Gary Ash struck for the visitors, the hosts doubled their goal tally to run out comfortable winners.