18 goals - really!

BARNSTORMING Brighouse Juniors U17s blasted 18 goals past bottom of the table Bradford Rangers in a one-sided contest.

Pick of the bunch for Brighouse was striker Matty Waller who weighed in with nine goals ably assisted by Ashley Johnson who scored five.

They put Bradford to the sword after the away team had had the audacity to score first.

Johnson immediately equalised after a great through ball by Waller, and then turned provider for Waller to get his hat trick after 18 minutes.

Rangers pulled one back after 20 minutes to make it 4 - 2, but Brighouse fired in six more goals before half-time including another two by Waller, two from winger Max Lister, another by Johnson and one from Joe Baldwin after a defence splitting pass by Conor Durkin on the stroke of half-time.

Within three minutes of the restart Johnson completed his own hat trick and then Waller tapped in his sixth - and Brighouse’s 12th goal.

On 60 minutes Waller was chopped down in the box but Brighouse substitute Daniel Lever put the kick inches wide.

Lever, who usually plays in goals, was the hero minutes later as he slipped the ball under the Bradford keeper for the 13th goal after an inch perfect pass from Johnson.

Two minutes later Lever, chested the ball down to provide the assist for Waller, who fired home, and on 69 minutes Brighouse defender Luke Broadbent charged forward to score.

When Waller was felled in the penalty area again, he made no mistake -blasting home from the spot himself - and then weaved past several Bradford players to fire home his ninth goal.

Johnson completed the rout five minutes from time with a super strike from the edge of the area.

The emphatic league victory was a fitting farewell for long-serving manager Martin Thomas’ last game in charge.