Stoke City 1-1 Brighouse Town
By John Thompson
Above: Ellie Dobson, voted as Brighouse Town’s player of the match. Photo supplied by: Brighouse Town
Brighouse Town came away from Stoke City with a point from their FA Women’s National League Northern Premier clash, but in reality should have grabbed all three.
Town will be utterly disappointed with the number of chances they squandered, and will no doubt be hoping to bounce back this coming weekend at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Brighouse started the game well but only after a scary moment at the back. Shauna Legge mis-timed her pass to allow the Stoke striker in, but Imogen Maguire did well to deny the home side an early goal.
From then on, Town took control and began to build a number of good openings. Their goal came midway through the half. Darcie Greene flew down the left wing and put in a delightful cross for Monique Watson to score her first goal for the club at the back post.
Stoke reacted well to conceding the goal and took command of the game as Brighouse struggled to get out of their own half and after a number of close chances the home side got their reward. An excellent strike from 25 yards caught the visitors out to bring the game level just before the break.
A tactical change at half-time saw Sophie John enter the field of play, her ability to block off the midfield was a key factor in the decision and it proved the right one with Town dominating pretty much from start to finish. Maguire in the Town goal was a spectator in the second period with Town attacking at will. No fewer than five one on one chances came and went leaving the Brighouse faithful scratching their heads as to how they weren’t ahead in the contest.
After the match, Brighouse Town manager Rob Mitchell was left disappointed but took the positives of another point on the road. “Of course we are disappointed not to have won the game, especially given the number of chances we created, but that’s football, I would be more concerned if we weren’t creating those chances.
“Hopefully we can take today as an opportunity to learn and improve in order to move forward. We have definitely transitioned well into what is a difficult league, but we cannot rest on our laurels and we must keep picking up points to retain our place for next season.
Player of the match – Ellie Dobson (pictured at the top of the page).
Town welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Yorkshire Payments Stadium this Sunday in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier with a big crowd anticipated. There will be junior teams taking part in games as well as being mascots from Brighouse Town, Brighouse Juniors, Battyeford Belles and Norristhorpe Panthers. If you would like to join them, it is a 2pm KO at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium, HD6 2PL and prices are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, children U16 can get in for just £1.