Brighouse Town 0 Glossop North End 0: Holding leaders shows we have arrived – Quinn

Action from Brighouse Town against Glossop North End.

Action from Brighouse Town against Glossop North End.

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IT was stalemate at the end of the day but the 285 present saw Town produce a super display to more than hold the league leaders and go within a whisker of winning, writes Emily Anderson.

Coming away with a point against a side whose top scorer and reputedly one of the top earners in the division, Jamie Rainford, had already scored 15 goals was something manager Paul Quinn was pleased about.

“It showed that we are here to compete at this level. Overall, It was a very, very solid performance. To deal with someone who has scored 15 goals this season and to stop him getting a sniff just shows what a performance we put in,” he said of his promoted side.

Town went in to the game without three players of experience, James Hurtley nursing an ankle injury and Sam Hewitt and Steve Hollingworth both missing due to work commitments.

Town captain Leon Henry soon had a shot blocked and it was then end-to-end action.

Adam Field, Chris Fisher, Adam Wilson and Daniel Illingworth protected assured Brighouse goalkeeper Paul Hagreen and both sides were applauded off at the break.

Two minutes into the re-start and Ernest Boafo, who had been well marshalled by Martin Parker, David Young and Martyn Andrews, saw his shot skim the bar.

In the 64th minute, Town brought on fresh legs with Kurt Harris replacing Tom Haigh in midfield.

Joseph Shaw came on for the visitors and his 30-yard cross-shot was cleared by Martin Allison.

Then, from Ryan Hall’s cross at the other end Daniel Facey sent in an overhead kick but Gregory Hall, one of the best keepers seen at the Dual Seal this term, smothered it.

In the 78th minute, Boafo was within 10yards of the goal but he scissor-kicked the ball wide and was injured in the process.

With 10 minutes to go, the hardworking and skilful Henry was replaced by James Pollard.

In the 85th minute, Shaw was then booked for taking out Hagreen whilst he was collecting the ball. A minute later at the other end Pollard ballooned one over the bar and clubhouse.

With a minute to go, Town brought on defender Ben Thornton to replace midfield man Allison and it looked as though both sides were settling for a valuable point.

Boafo, however, fired a last-ditch attempt as the game headed into stoppage-time but there was not enough power behind the shot and it rolled against the post.

There was much talk about former FC Halifax Town and Chester FC striker Rainford before the game but he produced just three worthwhile strikes, two covered by Hagreen at his far post and a third blocked by Wilson, who had a tremendous game.

Brighouse Town: Hagreen, Field, Fisher, Wilson, Illingworth, Allison, Hall, Haigh, Facey, Boafo, Henry. Substitutes: Thornton, Stead, Pollard, Harris, Rodgers.

Referee: Luke Watson.