Brighouse Town 4
Baris NCEL Premier Division
A GREAT team display by Brighouse Town secured a win over their derby rivals that keeps them second in the table.
Manager Paul Quinn was delighted with the clean sheet and equally pleased with his strike force who managed to bag four goals despite being without the services of top scorer Tom Matthews.
Town made a sluggish start, although they did create a great chance after only two minutes when James Hurtley put a free header wide from Danny Naidole’s free kick.
The heavy pitch was causing both sets of players problems, so there wasn’t much fluent football on show and the opening exchanges were more about who was prepared to work hardest.
Liversedge’s first chance came on nine minutes when Andy Howland broke clear but Tom Taylor saved well.
Town responded with some good build up play by Sam Hewitt, who set up Ben Thornton but he shot over the bar.
From the restart, Sedge’s Matthew Bugg found space 25 yards out and hit a dipping shot that clipped the top of the crossbar as it went over.
Sedge were having a good spell of possession and Nick Jaggar had to be at his best to make a fantastic block on Chris Hirst after Howland had set him up.
From the resulting corner Darryl Leach sent a looping header against the Town crossbar.
Hanney received a booking for a mistimed tackle near the touchline, but while the referee was taking the Sedge’s players name, Town allege his teammate Joe Hewitt sneaked up behind Ernest Boafo and kicked the Town striker.
Unfortunately, neither assistant saw the incident.
However, it did have the effect of firing up the Town players up and they responded by playing some neat football.
Town had to make an early substitution on 26 minutes when Luke Gibson replaced the injured Craig Thompson, and by the half hour mark they had started to take charge of the game.
Boafo’s powerful run into the box nearly brought Hurtley a chance but the ball was taken off his toes just as he was about to shoot.
Boafo then headed a great chance wide after Tom Brown had set Naidole up to cross.
Town made this spell of pressure count by taking the lead on 37 minutes.
Hurtley sprayed a pass wide to Ryan Hall who laid the ball off to Naidole.
The skilful wide man cut inside a defender then unleashed an unstoppable 25 yard shot into the top corner.
Within a minute it was 2-0; Hall and Naidole were again the architects, this time Naidole’s powerful low shot was well saved by Hagreen but Boafo was on hand to smash home the rebound from an acute angle.
Town started the second half on top and more or less dominated the game to the final whistle.
Gibson, Naidole and Boafo were outstanding, making light work of the tricky conditions as they constantly ran at the home defence who struggled to contain them.
Naidole set up Boafo inside the box but his left foot shot was saved by Hagreen at the expense of a corner, from which Boafo headed wide.
More good football from Naidole and Hall created a chance for Thornton, who shot over, and Gibson played a nice one-two with Boafo before shooting just wide.
The third goal finally came on 63 minutes with Boafo showing great strength to brush aside Hewitt and smash a low shot that Hagreen again did well to keep out but couldn’t prevent the alert Hall from pouncing on the rebound and side-footing home.
After another fine display by the Town youngster he was replaced by Joe Mitchell who imposed his usual energetic, non-stop style on an already tiring home defence.
Disappointingly, a game that was played in good spirit barring the isolated incident from Sedge’s Hewitt, saw red cards given to Town’s Sam Hewitt and Sedge’s Danny Toronczak for a scuffle on the halfway line after the two players had challenged for the ball.
Town didn’t let the dismissals affect their game and managed to score again on 75 minutes, Boafo setting up Hurtley for a well deserved goal for the hard working Town midfielder to make it 4-0.
With the game won, Town played more possession football towards the end of the game but were still creating half chances with Boafo, Hurtley and Naidole all testing Hagreen, who was keeping the score respectable for his side.
BRIGHOUSE Town Reserves’ game against Hyde Reserves was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.