Our football was the best I’ve seen here - Brier
Brighouse Town 4
Winterton Rangers 3
BRIGHOUSE Town notched up their fourth consecutive victory, thanks to a Nathan Cartman hat trick in a hard knocks game against the north Lincolnshire outfit.
A pleased Town coach Mark Brier said: “I thought the way we started the game was the best football I have seen us play since I came to the club.
“We were untouchable in the first 10 minutes. Maybe we scored too early, maybe we eased off the gas a little bit and let them in. I’m really unhappy we conceded. But going forward we looked dangerous every time we got the ball.
“We were forced to make changes when Ben Waterfield had to be brought off with a groin injury, but its great to have Dan Codman on the bench with his experience of eight seasons at Huddersfield Town and then Halifax Town.
“Winterton were a good strong side as I said it before the game. They seemed to like the war and played better when it became heated.
“I’ve got to be pleased with young Cartman and his hat trick and I thought he was clinical tonight.
“We also lost Tom Thornton who has got a possible hamstring injury so he was brought off as a precaution.
“It’s Dinnington away on Saturday and we don’t know too much about them. My dad lives at Flamborough so he has gone to watch them for us tonight at Scarborough.
“There are no easy games at this level but we are competing.
“The fixtures are coming thick and fast. We are showing we can compete but can we do it for a full season?”
Alex Yates missed an early chance in the opening minute for Winterton when he shot over with the goal at his mercy.
Town fought back straight away and on the two minute mark Graham Marchant set Cartman up for his first goal and a 1 - 0 lead.
Another quick goal came in the sixth minute when from a free kick wide on the right Nick Boshell swung the ball into the back of the net.
Town then became a little complacent when several minutes later they made the mistake of not clearing the ball away from near their goal on two occasions and Liam Wilkin saw his chance and put the ball past Lee Ashforth to make it 2-1.
Winterton gained some confidence from this and from 40 yards out Andrew Walkden took a clear shot on goal and fortunately for Town it skimmed the top of the crossbar.
On 27 minutes Town increased their lead to 3-1 as Alex Hallam crossed the ball into the goal area and Cartman, who minutes earlier had failed with an overhead kick, repeated the act and the ball squirmed its way away from the Rangers keeper and rolled over the line.
In the 38th minute Winterton closed the gap once more when Craig Robinson beat keeper Ashforth and the score remained 3-2 at the break.
There had been an incident around the Rangers dug out involving the referee and the assistant referee on that side and it was later revealed that the visitors had reported the assistant for alleged comments to their substitutes.
Just after half time Town lost Ben Waterfield to injury and he was replaced by Codman.
In the 58th minute on fire Cartman got his third goal of the match when the impressive Boshell whipped in a ball from 35 yards out on the right which Cartman finished with aplomb and to make it 4-2.
Town then brought off Thornton and he was replaced by the experienced Craig Smith.
Town could have made it 5-2 when Hallam fired in a shot but Winterton’s keeper Jack Wood just managed to snuff it out.
The visitors then made it 4-3 in the 74th minute when Gavin Cooper fired the ball into the goal area for Ryan Malee to score.
Town then went through the motions, some anxious, as the clock ticked away and were grateful to late sub Danny Toronczak as he held the ball up and chased after everything to ensure the ball was in the opposing half.
Town, if they beat Yorkshire Amateur on Saturday week in the next round of the FA Vase have been drawn at home to the winners of the Eccleshill Utd and Liversedge tie second qualifying round tie.
Brighouse: Ashforth, Wood, Waterfield, Thornton, Leach, Sparkes, Boshell, Hopkins, Cartman, Marchant, Hallam. Subs: Burgess, Toronczak, C Smith, Crossley, Codman.
Winterton: Ward, Robinson, Severn, Walkden, Pickles, D Smith, O’Neill, Wilkinson, Wilkin, Yates, Cross. Subs: Cooper, Malee, Frost.
Referee: Martyn Rawcliffe