Brighouse Town 6
Selby Town 0
BRIGHOUSE Town produced the kind of team performance they had been threatening for some weeks as they ripped apart struggling Selby in a Northern Counties East League Premier Division clash at St Giles Road.
The writing was on the wall for the division’s bottom club after they trailed 3-0 at the break with Town producing arguably their most convincing display of the season.
“I cannot single anybody out for special praise because it was an excellent all-round team performance,” said boss Paul Quinn. “A clean sheet and six goals - I couldn’t be happier.
“I told the players that the pressure was all on us because we knew we needed to get a result and we were playing a team battling for their lives.
“But I thought we adapted well to really difficult conditions - the pitch was very heavy - and the fact that we converted something like 80 per cent of our chances was very pleasing.”
It did not take Brighouse long to hit the front, Steve Barrett being the unlucky defender to turn Danny Naidole’s corner into his own net after 14 minutes.
The lead was doubled two minutes later when Anthony Haigh netted the first of his brace with a spectacular shot from disatnce.
He added his second just ahead of the half hour with a low shot following good approach play from Naidole and Nathan Kamara.
Selby missed the chance to reduce the arrears when Craig Aspinall shot wide, but it was Brighouse who ended the half on top with James Sutcliffe and Luke Gibson both going close.
The goals continued to flow after the break with Nick Jagger heading the fourth after 52 minutes and six minutes later Naidole saw his shot saved by Jody Barford only for Matthews to head home the rebound.
Matty Howgate struck the woodwork and Matthews had a goal ruled out before Brighouse wrapped things up with nine minutes left when Howgate was fouled in the box and Sutcliffe struck home from the spot.
Despite the result, Quinn is now calling on the players to put the win to their back of their minds and not allow themselves to get too carried away ahead of next weekend’s match at Arnold Town.
“Saturday’s gone,” said Quinn. “The challenge now is to be consistent and go on another winning run.
“We know we have to keep picking up points when we can because that way we can make sure we stay up with the leading group until the end of the season, which has to be our aim.”
The only downside for Brighouse was losing Luke Gibson with a recurrance of a hamstring problem and he is unlikely to feature next Saturday.
BRIGHOUSE Town’s NCE League Cup third round clash at Emley, which was postponed due to a frozen pitch last week, has been re-arranged for Tuesday, February 7.