Town hit eight as they hammer out title message to rivals

Football - Brighouse Town v Lincoln Moorlands Railway.'Ryan Hall for Brighouse.
Football - Brighouse Town v Lincoln Moorlands Railway.'Ryan Hall for Brighouse.

Town recorded their biggest win of the season to remain top of the league and keep their title challenge firmly on course.

Town’s first goal came after six minutes and was against the run of play.

Ryan Hall was the provider for Ernest Boafo to slot home from close range after Joel Evans had failed to cut out the cross.

Boafo nearly got his second after good work from Hall and Tom Matthews allowed him to skip past three challenges before his low shot was saved by ‘keeper Craig Turner.

A minute later Nick Jaggar teed Matthews up to cross but James Hurtley put his header wide.

It was Lincoln’s turn to score against the run of play when Tony Law capitalised on some sloppy defending on 13 minutes.

Town were in no mood to be knocked out of their stride and came straight back to put Lincoln under severe pressure.

Danny Naidole had a shot bounce wide of the upright, Matthews shot just wide and Hall had a shot saved by Turner.

The pressure finally paid off on 25 minutes when Naidole picked up Joe Mitchell’s pass and curled a superb shot into the top corner from 22 yards.

Matthews and Mitchell both narrowly shot wide before Town made it 3-1 on 38 minutes.

Neat first time passing between Leon Henry, Hall and Hurtley allowed fullback Henry to continue his run into the box and smash the ball past Turner.

Within a minute Town had extended their lead with a move started by Tom Brown intercepting the ball and feeding Hall.

The young winger crossed low for Matthews, back after a three game suspension, to calmly slot home to make it 4-1.

Town did have a scare when Adam Wilson cleared off the line following a Lincoln corner and when the ball came out to the edge of the Town box Luke Weaver’s drive brought a good low save from Tom Taylor.

On the stroke of half time, Matthews bagged his second when he headed home Henry’s cross at the near post.

Town started the second half as they had finished the first, forcing Lincoln back and extending their lead within three minutes.

Boafo found Naidole inside the box and he calmly sidefooted the ball home to make it 6-1.

Manager Paul Quinn made his first substitution on 52 minutes with James Sutcliffe replacing Tom Brown. Two minutes later Town scored their seventh when Wilson tapped in from close range after Matthews had headed down a deep cross.

Hall was then replaced by Craig Thompson who nearly made an immediate impact with a superb glancing header just clearing the crossbar.

Quinn made his final substitution with just over 20 minutes left; promising young ‘keeper Jordan Porter replacing Tom Taylor.

Town continued to create chances; Thompson’s 20 yard shot bringing another save from Turner and Matthews lobbing onto the roof of the net.

Lincoln’s only worthwhile effort in the second half brought a confident save from Porter from Phadeep Bailey’s well struck shot.

Town wrapped up the scoring on 80 minutes with a well deserved goal from Thompson, the powerful forward timing his run superbly to thump home a back post header from Naidole’s cross.

Brighouse Town 8

Lincoln Moorlands Railway 1

Baris NCEL Premier Division

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