Brighouse back on track with victory

Tom Matthews
Tom Matthews

Brighouse Town 2 Maltby Main 0

Town got back on track night after their shock setback at Parkgate, and moved into fourth place with games in hand on all those above them.

In a game dedicated to former player Jimmy Heffernan, for which their was a minute’s applause, Town bossed the show on a heavy and uneven surface.

Most of the action in the first 10 minutes was all in the south Yorkshire club’s half and Ryan Hall was giving them problems out on the right.

Danny Naidole, playing his 100th game for the club, had the best chance but blazed over and then Tom Matthews on 20 minutes went near after a free kick, given controversially as Town could have used the advantage rule to better effect.

Four minutes later Maltby had their first real chance as Danny Podmore fired in from the left across goal but ‘keeper Jacob Giles pulled off a great save.

Town went straight to the other end and the Malby custodian Jamie Bailey brought down Matthews in the box. However, Matthews failed to beat Bailey with his penalty attempt.

Five minutes later, however, Matthews made up for this miss after picking up on a Joe Jagger flick-on from a Hall corner. In typical style, he trapped the ball, turned and picked his spot in a crowded goalmouth.

Town were rampant, using the grassy flanks but both Hall and Jagger fell foul of some wafer thin offside calls by the assistant referee.

A lively Ernest Boafo had tested Bailey and as the half drew towards a close, he fired one in from the right at acute angle and then the ‘keeper saved at his feet. The half closed with Town having three corners on the trot as Maltby pulled everyone back.

Town commenced the second half at a high tempo and Boafo from the right again almost scored as the ball grazed the foot of the far post, but then the lively striker turned provider on 50 minutes. His pace took him clear and when he had a defender in his way he slipped the ball to the supporting Hall inside the 18-yard box and he finished with aplomb.

It wasn’t long after this that Hall, who had taken two blows on an ankle, was replaced by James Hurtley.

The supporters wanted more goals and Town tried to deliver but by now the centre of the pitch had really cut up and the ball was bobbling when on a good surface extra goals could have been the order of the day.

Maltby, although always playing second fiddle, did have several attacks and a couple of corners in a mid-half spell, but they never really looked like pulling a goal back.