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Brighouse Town ride their luck in narrow win
Buy this photo » Staveley keeper Tom Turner collects the ball just ahead of Brighouse Town's Tom Matthews
Brighouse Town 1, Staveley MW 0
Brighouse Town were forced onto the back foot by visiting Staveley MW but they scored at the right time and their defence stood firm as they banked a fortunate three points.
The victory saw Town consolidate their fourth place in the Baris Northern Counties East League Premier Division and stalled the progress of their visitors, who had won in midweek.
The only goal of the game went to Town when their leading scorer Tom Matthews netted just over a minute before the half-time interval.
It was a bit of a smash and grab raid as Staveley had completely dominated the first period.
Town keeper Tom Taylor had made some outstanding saves to deny the visitors, while Matthews’ was the only chance of note for the home side.
The second half was a little more even but Staveley could again think themselves unlucky not to have at least levelled.
Brighouse chairman Ray McLaughlin said, “It was a fantastic win but we rode our luck a little bit.
“Tom (Taylor) was in superb form in the first half and they also hit a post - to say it was 1-0 to us at half time was ridiculous really.
"They are a very good side, they pass the ball well and get forward. They pressure you all over the pitch.
“Paul Quinn (Town boss) sent young Ryan Hall on in the second half and their keeper made a great save when he was through on him. It was a good game. We might have got away with one but we’ll take it.”