Brighouse Town 5
BRIGHOUSE Town scored five goals for the third consecutive Northern Counties East League Premier Division match as they opened their festive period with a convincing win at Quaker Lane.
It was another pleasing performance from Paul Quinn’s side with the victory moving them two places up the table to eighth.
Liversedge made things difficult for Town in the first half with the defence being forced to work overtime to see off the threat from set-pieces.
However, the second half was a different story and not even an injury to the referee which forced a 10 minute delay before the official was replaced could put them off track as Brighouse upped the tempo and ran out deserved winners.
The visitors had been given an early boost by Tom Matthews’ fine individual goal and a strike into the bottom corner from Luke Gibson, handing them a 2-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes.
Liversedge then launched their assault and pulled a goal back through a header from former Brighouse defender Daryl Leach before scrambling home a second to square things up at the interval.
Brighouse stamped their mark on the game almost immediately after the restart with Matthews adjusting his position well to meet a cross and fire his side ahead again.
Danny Naidole then put breathing space between the sides with a fine finish from the edge of the box.
Gibson, who had netted a hat-trick in the previous game against Lincoln Moorlands Railway, made the points safe with a shot from a tight angle.
“There were a lot of pleasing aspects and it certainly sets us up nicely for a difficult month ahead,” said Quinn.
“Confidence is high and everybody is keen to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
“Liversedge made life very difficult for us in the first half and although I was disappointed with their first goal I think 2-2 at half-time was a fair reflection of the game.
“But in the second half we were superb and we have now scored 15 goals in our last three league games while conceding very few so that is very encouraging.”
Quinn must now turn his attention to a home clash with Thackley on January 2 before home games against Winterton Rangers, Bridlington Town and Tadcaster Albion respectively.
“It is a massive month for us but if we continue in the same way as we have in the last few weeks then I am confident we can pick up some points and keep ourselves in the top half of the table,” added Quinn.