Town stars made to pay for collapse as Quinn blasts back

James Pollard for Town.
James Pollard for Town.

An out-of-sorts Brighouse Town suffered a second-half collapse on their visit to Cheshire.

Town actually led through a Ryan Hall rocket on the stroke of half-time and could, with steadier finishing, have had at least two more.

However, without defensive lynchpin Chris Fisher who was absent through work, Brighouse fell apart in the second half.

Manager Paul Quinn said: “It was a hugely disappointing performance on Saturday and I will be expecting a big response on Boxing Day.

“We all let the club down, staff and players included. As a result we’ve decided staff and players will not get any expenses for the game. Most games we will get one of two players who are not at the races but on Saturday we had 14 who fell below the expected standard.

“On a positive, events like this often give everyone a kick up the backside and we will have a response and learn from what was an unacceptable performance.

“I am not the type of manager that will just accept what happened, we must improve as our objectives remain the same.”

Town were leading up until the 60th minute but the next 30 minutes of the game were as dire as the weather – a howling gale and driving rain blew Albion to five goals.

Town’s Ernest Boafo was like a greyhound of a trap in the first five minutes in a new look role down the right to no doubt accommodate Mark Bett in the centre field but after that exciting cameo role he virtually disappeared.

Young goalkeeper Harry Stead made a good save to keep Witton out before Town defender Sam Hewitt threw himself between the ball and the goal to block a chance.

The game lacked quality at both ends in the final third, but Town did have Hall working hard, although fellow midfielder Tom Haigh was not his usual effervescent self.

Hall opened Town’s side’s account from a wide angle on the right of the box as half-time loomed with a superb shot long range.

The home side brought on fresh legs in the 51st minute with Kurt Harris replacing Haigh, followed five minutes later with Tommy Cooney replacing Bett. And with the deteriorating elements at their backs, Witton began to gain more possession and the work paid off in the 60th minute when they equalised through experienced Alexander Titchiner, who beat Town keeper Stead with a looping shot which the keeper failed to tip over the cross bar.

In the 73rd minute, Jonathan Dawson ran rings around the Town defence to put the ball past Stead and then Hopley followed two minutes later with a goal presented to him on plate to make it 3-1.

Dawson and Jamie Menagh were just running at the Town defence and not being checked, apart from James Pollard who was working hard at right-back. Up front for Town, Daniel Facey was ploughing a loan furrow and unable to work anything on the visiting goal.

In the 83rd minute, the impressive Hopley bagged his brace before the final nail was rammed into the coffin on 90 minutes with a tremendous goal from Menagh, who shot down the left wing after Pollard had slipped and lost possession, which summed up Town’s afternoon.

Brighouse: Stead, Pollard, Henry, Field, A Wilson, Hewitt, Hall, Haigh,Boafo, Bett, Facey.Substitutes: Harris, Hagreen, Thornton, Cooney, Hurtley.

Witton: Firth, Gardner, Dawson, M Wilson, Ellison, Reeves, Menagh,Schofield, Hopley, Titchiner, Andrews. Substitutes: Matthews, Neild, Roddard, Bainbridge, Brewster.

Referee: Simon Mather.