Amateur Football: Kirkburton make hard work of winning
KIRKBURTON kept up the pressure on the leaders in the West Riding County Amateur League’s Premier Division with a 3-2 win over Brighouse Town.
However, Burton manager Paul Quinn and coach Howard Cartledge will have concerns after their side let Brighouse back into the contest in the second half.
Kirkburton started well and took the lead after eight minutes when Matthew Tattersley crossed for captain Richard Kettlewell to volley home from 10 yards.
Kirkburton went two up in the 35th minute when Tattersley beat the offside trap and lobbed the keeper from 25 yards.
Burton reached half-time cruising, but were lucky to not concede straight from the kick off when Kettlewell was caught in possession and a snapshot by a Brighouse attacker hit a defender and looped up into the hands of keeper Damien Brookes.
Kirkburton bagged their third goal in the 77th minute when Ben Hughill forced the ball in from close range.
However, Brighouse put pressure on to try and pull a goal back and succeeded in the 80th minute when a foul in the area by debutant Greg Kelly saw them pull a goal back from the spot.
Brighouse pressed for a second goal and in the 87th minute they scored when a cross from the left deceived everybody and found the bottom corner of Brooke’s goal.
Burton survived the final minutes to take the three points but will not be happy with their overall performance.