BRIGHOUSE Town were back to winning ways with their victory over visiting Hull club Hall Road Rangers on Tuesday.
“We had a depleted squad with work calls and I had to put some of the under-19s on the bench and I had to play, but I am very pleased with the result,” said player manager Paul Quinn.
“We had discipline and shape and the work rate was outstanding.
“I thought Anthony Haigh in midfield had one of his best games for us today and it was great to have James Sutcliffe back.
“It was great that Hall Road Rangers never got a clear cut chance,” said Quinn.
Town keeper Ben Imeson cleared the Town goalmouth with a scrambled attempt in the opening foray from Rangers.
The ball came down the pitch but the home side could not finish.
Town’s Greg Porter was then given a yellow card for a lunging tackle.
In the 21st minute Sutcliffe was also shown a yellow card as he was incensed along with the rest of the Town team that the referee did not give a penalty for what seemed a handball.
Four minutes later Shane Hamilton made a great run but his shot went wide of the goal.
With 39 minutes on the clock, out on the left Tom Matthews with an angled shot was bang on target, but keeper Mike Burley just got his fingers to the ball and pushed it against the bar and over.
He then made another attempt on goal but the ball was headed away by Michael Gregory.
On 44 minutes, the skilful and lively Matthews got the goal he deserved.
He was set up with a cross from Haigh and his brave header when met by the keeper made it 1-0 at the break.
There was a half-time substitution for Town with Quinn replacing himself with Ryan Brook.
Town were awarded an early free kick as Matthews was hacked down.
He took the shot himself, but it went over the bar and minutes later he was also just inches off target with another good attempt.
Porter then saw his chance when he struck a greatshot from 35 yards on the right but the keeper managed to fumble it clear.
In the 53rd minute Hamilton saw his chance but again the keeper cleared as he pulled off saves to keep his side in the game.
Town were reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute when Brook was shown a red card for his tackle just outside the box on Steve Graham.
Being the last line of defence he was immediately shown the card.
The home side stepped up a gear to compensate and five minutes later from 30 yards out, with no support and in a sea of Rangers players, Matthews heard the cries from the dug-out of ‘shoot’ and he did, making it 2-0.
Town made a substitution with around 10 minutes to go when Sam Akeroyd was replaced by Matthew Parker and Town then defended well for the remainder of the game and to secure the valuable points.
l Town’s reserve team is at home on Saturday to Hall Green Utd (2.30pm).