Brighouse show defensive steel

BRIGHOUSE completed a quickfire Premier Division double over Maltby Main after Danny Naidole’s early two goal blast.

However, they ground out the win the hard way after Anthony Haigh was sent off following an off the ball incident after just 20 minutes.

Paul Quinn’s side then showed they were made of stern stuff as they held out against decent pressure from the home side to climb to third in the table.

“It was an excellent performance under pressure and I was really pleased by the way the players stood up to the test,” said Quinn.

“To defend like we did for 70 minutes showed real determination and the centre back pairing of Josh Williams and Steve Hollingworth in particular were absolutely superb.

“I was also delighted with keeper Ben Imeson who also did really well. He has been in and out of the side but he really stood up to be counted.”

Brighouse were ahead after 40 seconds after Nadiole profited from a one-on-one before a decent strike from the edge of the area doubled the advantage.

Haigh’s dismissal made life a little uncomfortable at times but Town showed real team resolve to protect their precious three points.

“The players were an absolute credit to themselves and the club,” added Quinn. “It was a tough 70 minutes because Maltby put us under pressure as we would have expected them to do.

“They are a tough team and there won’t be many come away from there with the points this season.

“So to do it with 10 men is fantastic. The fact that everybody was pulling together has been good for team morale.

“We have had a good start to the season. We are not down in the lower reaches, we are up to third with this win.

“It is a great platform to build from. The players are feeling confident and hopefully that will stand us in good stead for some difficult games to come, starting at Retford next Saturday.”