Comfortable for Town as derby rivals Thackley put to the sword

Football - Brighouse Town v Lincoln Moorlands Railway.'Tom Matthews for Brighouse.
Football - Brighouse Town v Lincoln Moorlands Railway.'Tom Matthews for Brighouse.

Brighouse Town maintained their title push with a comfortable derby success over Thackley at Dennyfield.

The game started pretty low key, with both sides being well drilled and well organised across the park.

Town won a corner in the fourth minute which gave Adam Wilson half a chance but the ball went harmlessly into the keeper’s arms after a deflection.

Two minutes later Thackley had their first chance when a cross from Jordan Missin found Mark Bett at the back post but Leon Henry forced to shoot wide from an acute angle.

Twenty minutes had elapsed before the next chance arrived, again from a Danny Nadiole corner but man of the match Wilson’s shot went narrowly over the bar.

Thackley then had Town ‘keeper Jordan Porter at full stretch to claw away a dangerous cross from Mark Bett with striker Dempsey Smith ready to pounce.

A good move started by Town captain Nick Jaggar found Tom Matthews, and he slipped the ball to Nadiole, whose 25-yard screamer went narrowly wide with Tom Carlisle beaten.

Town started to gain the upper hand in midfield through Ben Thornton and James Hurtley forcing Thackley to go longer into Missin and Bett up front.

Ryan Hall was causing Thackley problems whenever he was on the ball and the best move of the first half nearly resulted in Town taking the lead.

Jaggar found Matthews on the halfway line and ran past two defenders before crossing for Hall,who unselfishly found Ernest Boafo inside the box, but a block on his shot deflected the ball over the bars.

Leon Henry was replaced after picking up a knock by Tom Brown at the interval.

The second half was only four minutes old when Town took the lead.

Matthews slipped the ball to Hall who unleashed a shot which had Carlisle at full stretch.

The home keeper could only palm the ball back out into play and Matthews pounced for his 38th goal of the season from close range.

Boafo was replaced by Craig Thompson and the game now entered another period of stalemate.

The game was made safe when a foul throw by Thackley was punished when Thompson turned and shot. Jerome White’s, clearance hit his own teammate and the ball fell for Matthews, who finished with aplomb.

Thackley had their best chances when a cross from Lewis Morgan beat everybody but Porter moved quickly to palm the ball round the post.

The resulting corner was met by substitute Mat Matthews, but again Porter dived full length to tip the ball over the bar.

Thackley started to infringe with referee Gary Chapman booking a couple late on.

Town’s third came when Matthews cut in from the left, and nutmegged a defender before rolling the ball to James Hurtley who fired the ball home from 12 yards out to seal a comfortable win.

Thackley 0

Brighouse Town 3

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