Brighouse go top of the table

Brighouse went top of the first division table after a hard fought game in which they had to come from behind before completing a comfortable 9-3 victory at derby rivals Northworam.

The first half was a very even affair with both sides creating chances, and Brighouse were fortunate to go in at half time 5-3 up.

Things started well when Sarah Hemingway latched on to Leanne Smith’s pass after five minutes for the lead.

The Brighouse defence then failed to deal with a long clearance and in a goalmouth scramble the ball found its way in.

Worse followed after 18 minutes as a Northowram cross was driven in as the Brighouse watched.

Playing up the steep slope, Brighouse finally got themselves into the game.

Hemingway scored her second in the 27th minute after rounding the keeper.

Brighouse then produced some flowing football and scored three goals in eight minutes, to take control of the game.

Kennedy Power tapped in from close range after good work from Hemingway, then Hemingway completed her hat trick with a great volley.

Smith then gave them a comfortable lead when her shot deceived the keeper. Just before half-time Northowram broke clear again to make it 5-3 at the break

The second half began with Brighouse on top and playing at a good tempo and in the 49th minute Smith raced past two defenders and slotted the ball in at the near post to make it 6-3.

That seemed to demoralise Northowram and Brighouse attacked at will, although they missed a host of chances.

They got three more goals before the end of the game through Hemingway, Power and Smith.

The pick of them was Hemingway’s controlled drive from 25 yards which flew into the bottom corner.

Brighouse are level on points at the top with Keighley, who have a game in hand but they face a tough game away at fourth-placed Salts next Sunday.