Brighouse Town 0-5 FC Halifax Town

Actions from the pre-season friendly, Brighouse Town v Halifax Town at Dual Seal Stadium.
Actions from the pre-season friendly, Brighouse Town v Halifax Town at Dual Seal Stadium.

FC Halifax Town made it two pre-season wins out of two with a comfortable 5-0 victory at Brighouse Town.

First-half goals by Simon Ainge and Alex Johnson were followed after the break by Matt Pearson and a brace by Adam Smith as Town continued their warm-up for the season on a sunny evening at the Dual Seal Stadium.

Neil Aspin made seven changes from the side that started against Scarborough, with Simon Ainge, Lee Gregory, Sean Williams and Alex Johnson the only survivors.

Paul Marshall was also given a run-out from the start as he bids to earn a permanent deal with the club, and the ex-Stockport midfielder made an impressive return to the Town fold alongside Sean Williams in the first-half.

The Shaymen made their intentions clear early on as Josh Wilson forced Adam Lawlor into a save with a volley from Jason St Juste’s cross.

Sean Williams then saw his well struck effort crash off the underside of the bar before Marshall’s shot on the rebound was turned behind.

A breakthrough seemed inevitable and came just before the half-hour mark when Ainge headed Adriano Moke’s corner back across goal to notch his first for the club.

Alex Johnson, again catching the eye down the left after an impressive outing against Scarborough, then forced Lawlor into two saves within a minute, but found the net 60 seconds later when he tapped in Gregory’s cross-shot at the far post.

Brighouse hadmade the game more of a contest than Scarborough managed to do at the weekend though, with Tom Matthews forcing Phil Senior into an early sav, while Luke Gibson also went close with a free-kick and Kieran Ryan saw a blistering shot whistle just over from 25 yards out.

An entertaining first-half made way for a more scrappy second period, with Town giving 45 minutes to triallists Reece Hands and Adam Priestley among a plethora of changes.

Nat Kerr was given another chance to impress at right-back and was a willing runner throughout the second-half, with Dan Gardner also impressing on the opposite flank with some occasional flashes of his characteristic twinkle toes.

Matt Pearson then put the result beyond any lingering doubt with a rasping shot from 25 yards out for his first goal since joining the club permanently.

Adam Smith then capped an impressive second-half display by opening his Town account with a low shot into the net after cutting in from the right, moments after he’d had a low shot tipped behind following a run down the right.

Smith then collected Hoslgrove’s cross from the left before calmly finishing across goal as a late flurry provided the five-goal cushion Town’s dominance merited.

Brighouse: Lawlor, Brown, Henry, Tarangadzo, Hewitt, Small, Hall, Naidole, Ryan, Matthews, Gibson, Subs: Boafa, Wilson, Mitchell, Charlesworth, Farrell.

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Halifax: Senior, Toulson (Kerr 46), St Juste (McManus 46), Williams (Hands 46), Ainge (Roberts 46), Knowles (Lowe 46), Moke (Smith 46), Marshall (Pearson 46), A Johnson (Priestley 46), Wilson (Holsgrove 46), Gregory (Gardner 46). Subs not used: Glennon.

Scorers: Ainge (29), Johnson (39), Pearson (69), Smith (76, 83)

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Man of the match: Adam Smith