Ernest Boafa scored the all-important goal as Brighouse Town kicked off their Northern Counties East League Premier Division campaign with a 1-0 win over Pickering Town at St Giles Road.
Pikes started the game strongly and it was against the run of play when Boafa scored, pouncing on a loose ball after good work from Sam Akeroyd and Tom Matthews.
Town still had to work hard in defence as the visitors pressed, Tom Brown denying Joe Danby on the line and Tom Taylor saving from Liam Salt.
Town started the second half in a far more purposeful manner and a glorious move and pinpoint cross from Matthews saw Boafa’s bullet header fly just over. Matthews then cut in from the left and curled a right foot shot towards the top corner, but the Pikes keeper pulled off a superb save.
It was all Town now apart from a Baxter header that just went wide. Tom Brown released Matthews and his rasping low shot brought another top class save. From the resulting corner, James Hurtley’s header was cleared off the line by defender Dean Craig.
The hard working Boafa was replaced by Ben Thornton and the subsitiute was soon in the action, bringing another save from the keeper after good build up play by Matthews.
Town continued to push for that decisive second goal, but could not find another way past a dangerous Pickering side