Brighouse’s fine run comes to an end with defeat by Rangers

Brighouse Town 0

Winterton Rangers 3

Town saw their four match winning run come to an end as Winterton proved a highly-efficient unit on a difficult surface and made the most of the chances that came their way.

They took an early grip on proceedings with Liam Slack taking advantage of a lack of cohesion in the home defence to curl the ball home after just four minutes.

Brighouse worked hard but suffered an off-day in front of goal as the visiting defence snuffed out any threat, keeper Tom Osborne’s only real save of note coming from a Danny Naidole shot after good work by Shane Hamilton.

Town started the second half in a positive fashion but were caught out when Osborne’s punt downfield saw the Town defence struggle to cope and Gavin Cooper slid the ball past Ben Imeson.

Cooper was denied another goal by an excellent save from Imeson before Anthony Haigh worked space for himself after receiving a pass from Matthews but Osborne made a good diving save to deny him.

Town had a great chance to haul themselves back into the game when they were awarded a penalty after Tom Matthews was fouled in the area by Graham Severn but Osborne made a fine save to deny Matthews.

Town continued to battle but it was Winterton who capped off a very professional performance by making it 3-0 in the 89th minute when James Nesbit ran through an exposed Town defence and wrapped the game up for the visitors.

Town boss Paul Quinn admitted that he was disappointed with the manner of the goals but praised his team for their commitment to the cause.

“All three were preventable which is disappointing,” said Quinn. “But I cannot fault the players because they gave 100 per cent.

“We had plenty of possession but lacked a cutting edge up front. It was one of those games where nothing seemed to go in our favour.

“But fair play to Winterton. They coped with the conditions better than we did and deserved the win - although I think 3-0 was a bit harsh on us.”