BRIGHOUSE Town were left to reflect on what might have been after slipping to a 2-0 Northern Counties East League Premier Division defeat at the hands of Scarborough Athletic at Queensgate last night.
Paul Quinn’s side produced a battling display against one of their chief rivals in the top half of the table, but returned to Calderdale empty-handed after hitting the woodwork twice then falling to two cruel second half goals.
James Sutcliffe’s superb effort from distance crashed back off the crossbar as Town gave as good as they got during a busy first half.
Town were also unlucky not to go ahead after the break when Sam Akeroyd’s curling effort hit the inside of the post before rolling to safety.
By contrast, the hosts enjoyed a huge slice of luck for their opening goal when James Ghaighen’s shot deflected off two Brighouse defenders to leave keeper Ben Imeson stranded.
Town worked hard to get back into the game but were floored late on when Ghaighen went to ground in the box and the prolific Ryan Blott stepped up to score from the spot.