Fluent play is lesson for visitors

BOTH teams started the game cautiously, getting the measure of each other and after some fluent passing by the Brighouse midfield, the first proper chance fell to Collegians which was neatly dealt with by a more than competent Brighouse back four.

Town took the lead when the ball landed at the feet of Luke Hill about 25 yards out.

He made no mistake in sending a looping shot over the stranded keeper in to the empty net.

On the half hour mark a well struck free kick by Jordan Byrnes brought out a good save from the Collegians keeper.

Town were starting to get on top and the midfield of Callum Murgatroyd, Sam Henderson, Angus Hastings and Harry Sutcliffe were relishing the challenge.

The presence of last year’s player of the year, Dan Holmes, ensured the aerial battles were won, while Louie Morton and Dan Meredith made sure it was not going to be Collegians day.

The second half saw Brighouse keeper Luke Hirst pull off superb saves from Collegians strikers, one from a header and the other a one-on-one to keep Town on top.

Town were almost 2-0 up when a terrific through ball from Suleman Rafiq found Hill bearing down on the Collegians’ goal, however the final touch deserted him and the keeper was first to the ball.

Rafiq himself was denied a goal after a shot on the turn brought out a good save from the opposition’s keeper.

After great teamwork Town’s second goal was an excellent finish by Byrnes to ensure all three points.

Town almost had a third goal on the stroke of full time when Rafiq fired in a low cross just out of reach of the onrushing Hill.