Brighouse made to work hard for victory

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Brighouse Town 4 Garforth Town 1

What looks a comfortable win on paper was anything but in reality as Town only made the game safe with two late goals against a good Garforth side.

Town got off to a great start, taking the lead after only two minutes with a well worked goal. Luke Gibson carried the ball towards the edge of the box before finding Tom Matthews whose clever flicked pass allowed Danny Naidole to fire into the bottom corner of the net.

Naidole was denied his second goal by a good save from Max Newbould in the Garforth goal and soon after Matthews hooked the ball just over after good build up involving James Sutcliffe and Ernest Boafo.

Town carved out another half chance when Leon Henry won the ball and played it down the line for Luke Gibson to feed Boafo just inside the box. The powerful Town front man turned his marker superbly before smashing the ball across the face of goal.

Garforth finished the first half in the ascendency without looking like scoring, but they changed that within two minutes of the restart when they levelled, Town failed to clear and Simmi Oyebanji squared the ball for Sam Akeroyd to stroke the ball home.

Town responded well with Danny Naidole going close to restoring their lead when he dragged his shot wide. Luke Gibson was then inches away from sliding in at the back post to turn Boafo’s cross into an empty net.

Garforth had the next chance but Adam Wilson got back to clear off the line. Wilson then turned goal provider heading down James Sutcliffe’s corner for Tom Matthews to sweep home from close range to make it 2-1.

Subsitutes Joe Jagger and James Hurtley were both denied before Town got the crucial third goal on 82 minutes from a disputed penalty.

Garforth’s Joe Woodger’s strong tackle on Jagger was deemed a foul and Ernest Boafo made no mistake from the spot.

Town made it 4-1 on 88 minutes when Hurtley made a powerful run into the box before squaring the ball for Matthews to side foot home.