Town turned up the heat on the top two on what was a blustery and windy day, with a five-star performance in north Nottinghamshire last Saturday.
The game was barely 30 seconds old when Town got in on the Retford goal; Danny Naidole slipped the ball to Tom Matthews. A piece of brilliance put Matthews in as he turned on a six pence to ghost in by the touchline, and he shot from the tight angle but Jody Barford pushed the ball out.
Town took the lead on 18 minutes when Joe Mitchell won the ball in midfield, he found Ernest Boafo with the ball by the right touchline, the Town striker slipped Matthews in down the right flank, he cut in on Walkden and inside the home centre half before then going on the outside of the defender. Matthews steadied himself before finishing with aplomb.
It was no surprise when Town made it 2-0, Boafo blew past his marker down the right wing, he cut inside the left back before slipping the ball to Naidole. He was on the edge of the Retford box when he played a quick one-two with Matthews who slipped Naidole in to smash the ball past Barford.
It was almost 3-0 on 37 minutes after a ball from Naidole found Matthews inside the box; a decoy run from Naidole created space for Matthews, but his shot clipped the outside of the right post with Barford beaten.
But Barford’s joy was short lived as minutes later it was 3-0. A foul on Ben Small was punished when Adam Field’s free kick was flicked on by Naidole; his header from just outside the Retford box sailed over Barford, who was caught off his line.
The second half started slowly and Retford had the wind at their backs, but Town stood firm, protecting Richard Roberts in goal with some resolute defending from Nick Jaggar, Field, Sam Hewitt and Leon Henry.
Retford made changes on 60 minutes with Jack Cross and Ben Muirhead, the former Manchester United and Bradford City striker entering the action for two defenders. Almost immediately it paid dividends, when on 63 minutes a cross from the right found Cross, and the substitute dipped his shoulder to create space and found the bottom corner of Town’s net.
Town grabbed their all important fourth goal on 74 minutes after a corner from Mitchell was only half cleared. Hurtley found Wilson with the loose ball, the centre half turned and curled an exquisite shot from 25 yards into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
Brighouse made it five on 85 minutes when Naidole picked up the ball on the half way line, advanced with the ball and as he drew the last defender he slipped Hall in and the winger advanced before smashing the ball past Barford into the roof of the net.
In the third minute of injury time, with the ever increasing wind Retford grabbed a consolation goal, when a ball from James O’Neill found Holmes inside the six yard box and the Retford striker poked the ball home from close range.
Retford United 2
Brighouse Town 5
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