With just 10 games to go Brighouse Town really are at the business end of their Northern Counties East League Premier Division season.
Town are still very much in the title race and manager Paul Quinn was extremely pleased to come away with the three points at Arnold Town last Saturday.
Top of the table Scarborough Athletic have the same amount of games to play but are two points ahead of Town, and Quinn knows how important it is to keep the momentum going.
“Arnold Town had a game plan to soak up our pressure and in the first half we did struggle to break them down,” said Quinn.
“Then they got in front and it gave us the kick up the pants we needed.
“We were great in the second half and created chance after chance. It was pleasing to see, but more so that we came home with the three points.”
After 51 minutes of nearly total dominance from Town, Arnold took the lead when a long ball over the top saw the defence fail to react and Liam Corrigan slotted the ball home.
Town replied when good build up allowed Sutcliffe to cross and James Hurtley showed great commitment to bravely head home as the keeper came out to challenge.
Town finally got the second goal their dominance deserved, and it was substitute Ben Charlesworth who steered the ball in from close range after some outstanding skill and a pin-point cross from Ernest Boafo.
Tomorrow Town host Armthorpe Welfare, who are managed by former Doncaster Rovers striker Leo-Fortune-West, in what Quinn knows will be another tough test.
“When we played Armthorpe on their ground we came away 3-1 winners, but we won’t let that have any affect on what we do this weekend,” added Quinn.
“Fortunately after last Saturday we have come away unscathed so we will be at full strength apart from Tom Matthews, whose three match suspension kicks in this weekend.”
Town will travel to Heanor Town on Wednesday for a re-arranged game.