Brighouse Town Ladies travelled to Nostell MW last Thursday evening hoping to bounce back from last Sunday’s FA Cup disappointment.
Town arrived at the ground with a near full-strength squad.
Annabelle Cass was unavailable due to family commitments and Claire Needham arrived just before kick off from work, while Jessica Doyle was named in the squad for the first time after impressing in the development team.
The young attacker had scored six goals in her last two games for Craig Billington’s side.
Town started really brightly considering a number of players were playing in new positions.
The brilliant surface suited Town, who were able to move the ball around well and create several early chances, while the defence looked solid and assured not allowing the Wakefield side any time to settle on the ball.
An early goal set the tone through top scorer Rachael White who, following a well-placed free-kick, found the top corner after Kayleigh Bamforth was fouled on the edge of the box.
Bamforth made it 2-0 just before the break. A quick move found Leanne Smith, who cleverly slipped in Bamforth to score.
Town went in at the break pleased with the start and hopeful of more of the same in the second period.
The second half did indeed deliver much of the same with Town now dominating possession and looking dangerous.
A couple of missed early opportunities meant Wakefield were still in the game but that was almost certainly put to bed by Needham.
The substitute picked up the ball midway in the opposing half and drove at the defence before unleashing a fierce shot which, with a slight deflection, took it beyond the goalkeeper to make it 3-0.
The game was seen out by a confident Town to complete a very pleasing three points and clean sheet.
Player of the match was Kayleigh Bamforth.
Sunday’s fixture away at Castleford in the County Cup was called off as the home side were unable to raise a team, which means Town progress through to the quarter-finals and get a much-deserved rest in the process.
Town host Castleford this Sunday in the league.