Retford United 1
Brighouse Town 2
BRIGHOUSE Town produced a compelling team performance as they picked up the three points which swept them to the top of the table.
Paul Quinn’s side had started the day in third place behind Retford and leaders Staveley, who were in FA Cup action.
But by Saturday tea-time it was Brighouse who led the rest after goals from Danny Hull and Shane Hamilton steered them to success over their Nottinghamshire rivals who were playing Evo-Stick League football last season.
The result - and more particularly the performance - delighted Quinn who added that the club will enjoy their lofty status but warned that there was still a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season.
“It is fantastic to be top of the league and the table doesn’t lie,” said Quinn. “We are there because we deserve to be and we are going to enjoy the moment
“The lads were absolutely outstanding at Retford. It was a great performance and we thoroughly deserved the win.
“I cannot single out individuals because everybody deserves credit. It was what we want - 11 lads working hard and playing as a team.
“It was a real confidence booster against a team who were playing in a higher league last season. However, it is very early and we have to keep our feet on the ground.
“It is great to have the points on the board and it helps me, as a manager, when I am looking to recruit players to the club.”
Town took the lead through Hull’s 25-yard effort and added a second just after the break when Hamilton started the move by bringing Danny Nadiole into play before making plenty of yards to make sure he was on the end of the latter’s cross to score.
“It was a very good time to score and it settled us down a bit,” added Quinn.
Retford reduced the arrears with Adam Scott netting from the penalty spot with 20 minutes left and went in search of the equaliser only to find the Brighouse defence in no mood to give up the advantage.
“We have no arguments with the penalty as I believe it was the correct decision but it brought about the expected response from Retford who then went out all looking for an equaliser,” said Quinn.
“Fortunately we have come through again as we did the previous week against Maltby and proved what character and determination we have in the squad.
“That is three unbeaten in the league for us now and the signs are promising. However, I have told the players both individually and collectively that there is still much we need to work on.”