Josh is hat trick hero

A TREMENDOUS team performance with a hat trick from Josh Martin saw Town get back on track.

The only way to bury the disappointment of a heavy opening league defeat against Eccleshill was to put on a performance at Hollingwood Lane and Town did that, picking up a well deserved first win.

With the FA Youth Cup tie at Worksop last night in mind, Brighouse fielded an U18 side in this U19 tie against a physically stronger Field side.

With just a couple of minutes on the clock a through ball fell invitingly into the path of Martin and he won a challenge with Field keeper Stephen Kerr before slotting home the opener.

Martin enjoyed a dream first start for the 19s and added his second after just seven minutes.

Matthew Scholefield, who himself netted twice in the corresponding fixture last season, crossed from the right and Martin swept the ball home.

Brighouse were passing the ball well all over the park and when called upon defended admirably.

Connor Ashworth in particular when under threat attacked the ball both in the air and on the ground with dominance, alongside the equally solid Matthew Hartley in central defence, with fullbacks Rob Wadsworth and Conner Tuff sound defensively and a threat when moving forward.

Good work down the left flank from Danny Stirland presented Ben Grech-Brooksbank with a chance to add a second, but Kerr managed to claw the ball away from goal at the second attempt.

Thomas Rose helped marshal the midfield well allowing the likes of Oliver Scott to get forward, but the latter paid the price for his commitment as a stray boot ended his match due to a facial injury and Eli Hey came on from the bench.

Town’s third came before the interval and gave them an excellent cushion to take into the dressing room at half-time.

It was Grech-Brooksbank’s work rate throughout that summed up Brighouse’s commitment, delivering an inviting ball into the area and Martin was on hand to thump home a first half hat-trick.

The second half saw the home side inevitably put pressure on Town and it was the turn of the defensive side of Brighouse’s game to show its strength.

Goalkeeping captain Paul Hagreen was tested more but his handling was impeccable, while the back four with Carl Maguire, now on as sub, and defending remained at a high level.

Ashworth further proved his worth with a last gasp tackle in the penalty area to deny Field, before a penalty gave the home side a chance to get a goal back.

The Field striker knocked the ball too far as he raced towards goal but tumbled over the onrushing Hagreen and was rewarded with a spot kick.

Thomas Ponter made no mistake to give his side a boost and increase the pressure on the Town defence.

Cameron McGovern tried to catch Hagreen out with a cross, but the big keeper dealt with it well, before a point blank Ben Baker effort was somehow deflected wide.

Town brought on Jordan Goldthorpe and he had some good touches as Brighouse tried to retain possession in the Field half, while Grech-Brooksbank excelled in the second period when the pressure was on.

Hagreen once more saved from Ponter in Field’s last effort of the match as Town deservedly held on for a very hard working three points, which is sure to kick-start their season after the previous week’s now forgotten opening result.