Lights drama before Town progress

Brighouse Town 4 Holbrook Sports 1

Local electrician Will Cahill was the unlikely hero as Brighouse Town reached the fourth round of the FA Vase for the first time in their history.

Town had virtually booked their place in the next round when floodlight failure plunged a quarter of the pitch into darkness after 68 minutes.

The referee gave the hosts time to sort out the problem affecting two of the pylons and Cahill answered an SOS from Town and dashed from his home.

He changed the fuses, got all the lights working again and Town were able to complete a tie which had looked as if it might need to be replayed.

Town had made a blistering start with three goals in the opening 17 minutes.

Tom Matthews got the first from the penalty spot; Ryan Hall followed up a weaving run with a low finish; and Danny Nadiole’s long-range strike found the top corner of the net.

The visitors from Derby had hardly had a kick but they got a goal back when Aaron Brady scored from close range.

Leon Henry, Ernest Boafa and Naidole might have extended Town’s advantage before the break but Tom Matthews made it 4-1 on the hour with a low shot which went in off a post.

After the floodlight drama, Holbrook had their best spell but couldn’t stop Town earning a place in tomorrow’s draw.