BRIGHOUSE Town blew a golden opportunity to grab their first Northern Premier League North West Division win of the season, somehow contriving to draw 3-3 at home with Runcorn Linnets despite being 3-1 up in the 95th minute.

There was little they could do about Josh Brizell's fine long range strike to make it 3-2, but Town then conceded a 98th minute penalty, which was gleefully buried by Kurt Sherlock to secure a point for the visitors.

Brighouse may have thought they'd end up on the back foot after Shiraz Khan received a straight red card for them in the 34th minute with the game still goalless.

But instead, the home side found themselves 2-0 up five minutes later.

First, Josh Grant found Eddie Church in the box, who slotted the ball into the corner to put Brighouse in front.

Grant then scored a goal of the season contender, when he fired home a 40-yard volley after a poor clearance by the Runcorn goalkeeper.

And Church made it 3-0 early in the second half with another precise strike, this time after being found by Tom Haigh.

But Brighouse conceded a penalty almost immediately after that, which was converted by Sherlock.

With 20 minutes to go, the referee pulled up injured, so a replacement linesman needed to be found.

That incident ate up more than five minutes, and contributed significantly to that long period of injury time, which is when Brighouse saw their world cave in.

The draw means Town move up to 13th after picking up their first point of the season.