Brighouse 0-5 FC Halifax Town

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FC Halifax Town cruised to a 5-0 win at neighbours Brighouse Town, who were reduced to 10-men in the first-half.

New signings Sam Walker and Jordan Burrow got on the score-sheet, as did trialist Sean Tuton, who made his second appearance after also featuring in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Tadcaster.

Tuton, a striker with Buxton who has previously been on trial at Morecambe, will have done his chances of earning a deal with Halifax no harm with a hard-working display.

A bumper Brighouse crowd of 671 were enjoying an even contest until Dan Illingworth was dismissed for saving a shot on the line.

Up until that point, his side had held their own against their higher-league opponents, who made their first trip to St Giles Road since 2013.

Scott McManus was one of few survivors from that game, and captained the side on the night.

Brighouse forward Ernest Boafo typified his side’s positive approach early on with some direct runs at the Town defence, although the hosts lacked an end product.

They had started brightly in the fading sunlight, with a couple of full-blooded tackles in midfield preceding a competitive opening half to the game.

Indeed, such was the hosts’ committed approach that the referee advised one or two of their players to calm down mid-way through the first-half.

The turning point of the first 45 minutes came when a Town shot was handled on the line by Brighouse defender Illingworth.

He was sent-off for his indiscretion, much to the chagrin of some supporters of both sides, who felt the referee should have cut him a little slack.

Walker converted the penalty and Halifax didn’t look back.

It was soon 2-0 thanks to a comical own-goal when Brighouse defender Adam Field headed backwards over the advancing goalkeeper Paul Hagreen.

The game was effectively over as a contest now, with Halifax enjoying more and more possession as the match went on.

Half-time substitutes Elliott Whitehouse and Josh Macdonald both impressed, with both new signings comfortable on the ball and relishing the extra time and space the visitors’ numerical advantage allowed them.

Whitehouse curled a shot just off target from 20 yards before the first of Burrow’s brace when he headed in from close range from a corner.

His second was also a close range finish, which came after trialist Sean Tuton slid the ball in smartly from a tight angle.

Brighouse: Hagreen, Wilson, Fisher, Illingworth, Field, Hurtley, Hall, Thornton, Boafo, Illingworth, Henry.

Shots on target: 1

Shots off target: 3

Corners: 0

Halifax: Porter, Bolton, Hutchison, Bencherif, McManus, James, McGee, Caton, Walker, Bishop, Tuton.

Scorers: Walker (20), Field (own goal, 33), Burrow (67, 79), Tuton (75)

Shots on target: 8

Shots off target: 12

Corners: 5

Attendance: 671