Town bounce back in fine style to keep their title hopes alive

Brighouse Town v Retford.'Ryan Hall for Brighouse.
Brighouse Town v Retford.'Ryan Hall for Brighouse.

TOWN bounced back from their 2-1 defeat by Retford United last Saturday with a very workmanlike and at times skilful performance against 11th-placed Heanor.

Led by leading goalscorer Tom Matthews, Town set off at a cracking pace and he had two good chances in the first five minutes while Danny Naidole also gave visiting keeper Oliver Pannell plenty to think about.

Heanor made some forays into the Town half, engineered by skipper Nico De Giralamo and right back Kyle Bryant, but Tom Taylor in the home goal wasn’t brought into action.

It was Town’s skipper Nick Jaggar who gave his side the lead on 13 minutes when he dabbed home from close in after Adam Wilson had sent the ball into the box from wide on the left.

Jaggar immediately pointed down to his left boot, such was the rare occurrence!

The pace of the game was electrifying and the good crowd, swelled by Halifax Town fans who hadn’t gone to Kidderminster for the Gloucester game or Huddersfield Town fans to Nottingham, were enjoying the end-to-end action.

On 36 minutes Town almost extended their lead when a Naidole strike had the keeper fumbling and a couple of minutes later James Hurtley did beat the keeper for the second goal after working well with Matthews.

The Town goal did have the occasional anxious moments but all in all the first half closed with the defence having frustrated the visitors.

Town definitely had the edge on the flanks with Luke Gibson, Sam Hewitt and Naidole causing problems.

Ernest Boafo replaced the injured Craig Thompson (hamstring) during the break and he was soon in the action as his side went looking for a third.

It arrived seven minutes into the half when Hurtley headed down for Matthews and he rounded two defenders and picked his spot to the left of the keeper.

On 60 minutes Leon Henry came on for Joe Mitchell and 12 minutes later David Melling replaced Jaggar.

Town continued to look for more goals but were often thwarted by an offside flag or a poor pass in the final third.

Gibson played well and had a couple of good opportunities in the last 15 minutes.

It was a good team and disciplined performance all round by the 14 Town players used and the title and promotion now rests in their hands.

Brighouse Town 3

Heanor Town 0

Baris NCEL Premier Division