Brighouse Town may have lost 8-1 to neighbours FC Halifax Town on Saturday, but the attendance of 673 was at least one reason for the hosts to celebrate.
The Shaymen brought around two-thirds of those in attendance and they certainly made themselves heard when Jordan Burrow opened the scoring for Town in the 24th minute.
The former Lincoln striker doubled his and Halifax’s tally on the half-hour mark before man-of-the-match Connor Hughes, who had provided the assists for Burrow’s brace, got on the scoresheet himself to make it 3-0 just before the interval.
Halifax’s new manager Billy Heath then made wholesale team changes and the second half was only four minutes old when they made it 4-0, thanks to youngster Elliot Harrison, followed five minutes later by Shiraz Khan for 5-0.
Jacob Buchanan did pull a goal back for Brighouse with a spectacular half volley strike on 61 minutes. before Halifax trialist Jamie Jackson made it 6-0 in the 68th minute.
Richard Peniket, Halifax’s leading scorer two seasons ago before injury woes, added two more in the 76th and 86th minutes.
Brighouse did have their moments and supporters saw some nice touches from Tom Haigh, Ash Scully, Ben Atkinson and the hard working Tom Robinson.
Former Brighouse Town development player Isaac Baldwin, who has also made quite a few first team appearances over the past two seasons, was one of the players introduced by Halifax for the second period and he slotted in at left-back.
Thanks to Brighouse Town Ladies offering their services and some former Brighouse Town players, the bars were well manned so nobody had an excuse to feel hungry or thirsty.
And, thanks to the new PA system, donated by the family of the late Jimmy Heffernan, everyone could hear both the music and announcements.
There was good support for both the golden goal and the half-time draw, which had the first prize of a signed Lee Gregory framed shirt up for grabs.
Former Halifax Town secretary and now long serving Evo-Stik NPL secretary Angie Firth donated a fifth prize of an optic sized bottle of Smirnoff Vodka,
Fortunately, apart from the odd slight shower, the afternoon stayed fine so that at least half of the crowd could spread themselves around the ground.