Town fight back to take points

IT was a classic game of two halves in this local derby at the windswept Dual Seal Glass Stadium.

Visitors Liversedge looked set for taking the points when they led at half time and then came back in the second half and almost put three past keeper Ben Imeson but Town dug in and turned it around.

Town manager Paul Quinn who named himself for the second time this season on the bench had seen his side take a first half lead but always playing second fiddle to a much sharper Liversedge, who scored two goals in two minutes to shock the home supporters.

At half-time with his coaching staff of Barry Thomas and Mark Booth, Quinn brought off striker Wayne Crossley, who had hardly put a foot wrong, for Josh Williams and pushed Nick Jagger forward

After the game Quinn said: “I thought all round first half they were better.

“We weren’t tight enough and we weren’t winning the personal battles and they fully deserved to go in at the break 2-1.

“But second half we were totally different and dominated most of the half and started to compete and you have to do that at this level.

“We said after the game we have to get the basics right and we have got to learn.

“I am delighted we picked up the three points. I had to have a few harsh words at half-time but they responded well.”

In the first five minutes Liversedge had two attempts via ex-Brighouse player Alex Hallam but keeper Imeson deflected both.

The Liversedge line up was like a Town old boys with Nathan Cartman, Andy Shuttleworth, Damian Hopkins and goalkeeper James Waggett joining Hallam in aiming to spoil Town’s day.

The visitors, much quicker to the ball, had a corner but again Imeson stopped any attempts.

In the 13th minute Hallam hit the post, then five minutes later captain Hopkins was booked by referee Mark Powell for a bad tackle on Alex O’Keefe.

Town then went one up in the 26th minute. A corner taken by Dan Naidole found Steve Hollingworth who bullet-headed it into the net.

Two minutes later and Nathan Cartman levelled when he put the ball cleverly past Imeson.

Less than a minute later Imeson, out of his goal, left it wide open for David Bordman to get Liversedge’s second.

The game was developing into a feisty derby and Chris Hanney was booked for a tackle on Ryan Brook.

From a free kick Liversedge almost scored again but Andrew Shuttleworth’s attempt was saved to leave it 2-1 at the break.

Within a minute of the restart Hallam on two occasions and Bordman almost scored and their team mate James Huntley was booked for a deliberate hand-ball.

Brighouse almost scored when Jagger’s attempt was headed off the line.

In the 63rd minute there was a narrow miss from Bordman.

Two minutes later at the other end the lively Danny Facey fired the ball into the area. Waggett blocked it but Danny Hull blasted it back and the ball went under the keeper to make it 2-2.

Town made it 3-2 in the 71st minute, O’Keefe beat centre back Jerome White and finished off with Waggett out of his goal.

Town brought Greg Porter on in the 83rd minute for Hull and five minutes later sewed things up with the best goal of the game.

O’Keefe passed to Ryan Brook, who beat his man despite partly slipping before squaring it superbly across the face of the goals to Naidole to make it 4-2.

The final substitution saw Facey come off and defender Scott Driscoll come on for the last few minutes of the game to shore up the defence.