Smith continues rehabilitation with welcome goal

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Brighouse Town Ladies travelled to Harrogate Railway in the first round of the County Cup looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Railway haven’t made the best start to the season but worked hard and made sure that they got bodies behind the ball to restrict Town from producing a high-scoring display.

Town, however, had already started like a house on fire by plundering a goal inside 30 seconds when Amy Hesselden volleyed in from a well-placed Jordane Allison cross.

Town were impressive all over the park and then added a quickfire double and it looked as if Harrogate were in for a long day.

Claire Needham was next on the scoresheet for the visitors and then a first goal for the club from Leanne Smith.

Smith, having recovered from a serious knee injury which had required surgery, has been eased back into the action in recent weeks by the management team and her first start of the season resulted in a welcome goal and 60 more minutes of football.

It was 3-0 to Town at half time and it has to be said they looked good value for the lead.

The second half was somewhat frustrating from Town’s point of view.

There were too many individual errors and a lack of quality was difficult to take given the start they’d made.

But a change in system and personnel could have been a contributing factor.

Railway did get a consolation very much against the run of play, capitalising on some poor defending to bring the score to 3-1 but they never really looked like making a contest of it despite how poor Town were.

Player of the match for Town was skipper Yasmin Ayub