Town hammer in six of the best

Actions from the game Brighouse Town v Selby football at St Giles Road'Pictured for Brighouse is Nathan Kamara
Actions from the game Brighouse Town v Selby football at St Giles Road'Pictured for Brighouse is Nathan Kamara

BRIGHOUSE Town put six goals past visiting Selby and created many more chances.

Battling a strong crosswind and coping with a heavy pitch, Brighouse were two up inside 20 minutes over the bottom club.

A post, a referee’s assistant, the visiting goalkeeper and the wind helped the North Yorkshire side keep the score in single figures.

Delighted Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn, who had named himself on the bench, said: “I said to the lads we can only beat what is in front of us. Selby had a go but we put on a good professional display.

“It’s been coming. We have been creating chances for weeks, especially against Bridlington and it was a good solid performance and sound finishing under the conditions.”

But they did pick up a couple of injuries.

“Anthony Haigh has a reoccurring injury from a gash across a foot he picked up against Pickering around Christmas and he can’t shake it off, and with Luke Gibson it is looking like his hamstring again, but we will assess both players midweek,” said Quinn.

“We have 14 games left now and we need to string together another run like we did before Christmas and rack the points up to be where we want to be.”

With under two minutes played, Nathan Kamara missed from eight yards after a superb cross from Gibson.

It was all Brighouse who had adjusted to the wind much quicker and on 10 minutes Gibson swung the ball into the goal area,

Kamara and Tom Matthews tried to see it home but the wind played havoc and the keeper cleared the danger, but in the 15th minute Dan Naidole was fouled wide on the left.

In trying to defend, Selby’s Stuart Barrett sliced James Sutcliffe’s free kick into his own net as Brighouse’s skipper Nick Jagger challenged.

Two minutes later the visitors made their first attack on the Brighouse goal and a header from Jamie Waltham, went wide.

In the 19th minute Matthews failed to hit the target from six yards out, but with the danger temporarily cleared the ball came straight to Haigh who from 35 yards beat keeper Jody Barford with a stunning strike to make it 2-0.

Ten minutes later after fancy footwork from Sutcliffe, Kamara, Danny Naidole and Matthews, Haigh scored his second to make it 3-0.

His finish in the conditions from the length of the field move was clinical.

A minute later Barrett took aim, but Brighouse keeper Ben Imeson, pounced on the ball.

With five minutes to half-time Selby took another rare strike when Liam Tuck sent the ball across the face of the Brighouse goal and just missed Imeson’s far post.

The home side fought back and Sutcliffe rattled in a superb shot 30-yarder but it just skimmed the post.

Back on for the second half and Rotherham referee Stuart Royston gave Selby captain Craig Aspinall a yellow card for back chat.

Brighouse made it 4-0 when Jagger scored from Naidole’s pinpoint corner. Matthew Howgate came on for the injured Gibson, and Brighouse’s fifth goal came in the 61st minute.

Naidole raced through the visitors’ defence and unleashed a shot from 20 yards which the keeper in full flight parried only for Matthews, following up, to head home.

Jagger, who had been in supreme form, was then benched for the recently signed Sam Ackroyd to join the field.

A keen and eager Ackroyd was booked more or less straight away for a rash tackle he made.

It was more fresh legs in the 68th minute off the Brighouse bench as Haigh hobbled off and Ryan Brook came on.

A minute later with more relentless pressure on the Selby goal, a Howgate header hit the post.

Danny Hull saw his opportunity from 25 yards out but the ball just cleared the bar.

In the 72nd minute Naidole pivoted out on the right, beat his marker, but his shot cleared the bar by a foot.

Frustrations boiled over for Selby and Tuck was then booked for stamping on Hull’s knee.

Matthews looked set to score as he went one-on-one alongside keeper Barford, but the goal was ruled out by the assistant referee

Quinn saidd: “I think we would have been furious if at this stage it was 0 - 0, but I think the linesman had a sympathy vote for the keeper and Selby.”

With just under 10 minutes to go when Howgate was brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded.

Sutcliffe, who showed on this performance he possesses a strong shot and is a great crosser of a ball, stepped up and made it 6 - 0 to end the game.