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Droylsden
Brighouse Town
Full time
A Martin (43', 73', 92')
Sat 28 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK North Attendance 171

Droylsden 0-3 Brighouse Town

By Dave Parker

AN Aaron Martin hat-trick ensured Brighouse Town finished their Evo-Stik NPL Division One North season on a high with a 3-0 away win at Droylsden.

Sheffield-based Martin, who has finished the season as leading goalscorer on 18 goals, could have had at least another four goals with a little more luck. The Greater Manchester side struggled with him for most of the game and particularly in the last quarter of it as they tired and he was still full of running.

Town also had to be fair to thank a crossbar, a post and the agility of keeper George Clarke to keep a clean sheet as the home side did have their moments as they targeted centre forward Sefton Gonzales who has played at a higher level.

town v droylsden  28-04-18  (away)
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Mohammed Ibrahim had an early chance to give Town the lead but his flicked shot went wide and then Isaac Marriott and Finn Donovan weaved their way into the box before one pass too many denied a goalshooting opportunity.

Town had to make an early substitution when Adam Jones (groin) was replaced by Iwan Heeley after 15 minutes.

On 22 minutes Martin looked on agonisingly as the ball squirmed out of a one-on-one situation with home keeper Ben Barber and the ball rolled slowly towards goal only for a defender at the last minute to hack it clear.

Town had to make another change in the 30th minute after Ibrahim was injured in a tackle and he was replaced by Gabriel Johnson.

The home defence looked unsure of themselves and kept on passing the ball back and then creating problems for themselves and an anxious set of Town players were caught offside as chances came and went.

On 43 minutes Town did open their account when Martin finally got chance to hare down on goal and he made no mistake in blasting it past Barber to put his side 1-0 up.

Three minutes into the second half and Clarke made a good save from Liam Caddick and his skipper Adam Field cleared the danger. Shortly afterwards James Hurtley committed a foul and from the free kick Droylsden saw the ball blocked by Clarke and then a Town defender head the ball on to his own crossbar but once again they breathed a sigh of relief.

Town then brought on Tom Haigh for Donovan in the 65th minute and he was on in time to see Droylsden sub Callum Bagshaw hit a post and see the ball rebound out and cleared to safety.

From thereon in it was all Town and Haigh played a good ball to Johnson who then fed Martin for goal number two as he gave Barber no chance. Heeley almost got to a through ball and was just denied by Barber and then Martin had two chances to grab his hat-trick but he was a little hasty and they went wide of target before at the other end Clarke tipped over from a now rare home sortie.

Finally, in the second minute of added time Martin did claim the match ball as he took the ball through the home defence .shrugging off a late challenge and then put his laces through the ball to make sure.

Droylsden: Barber, Antoine-Clarke, Holden, Kpohomouh (Dominic Smith), Shaw, Dylan Smith, Daley, Ali (Bagshaw), Gonzales, Caddick, Phillips (Maloney). Unused subs: Kilheeney, Moran.

Brighouse Town: Clarke, Crowley, Grimshaw, Marriott, Field, Hurtley, Donovan (Haigh), Jones (Heeley), Martin, Ibraham (Johnson), Naidole. Unused subs: Griffin, Hammond.

Referee: Mr Joseph Pettitt.

Attendance: 171.

Key moments

43:00
Goal Aaron Martin scores for Brighouse Town
73:00
Goal Aaron Martin scores for Brighouse Town
90:00 +2:00
Goal Aaron Martin scores for Brighouse Town

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town v droylsden  28-04-18  (away)
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Highlights

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90:00 +2:00 Goal 0 - 3
Aaron Martin scores for Brighouse Town
90:00 +2:00 Assist
Gabriel Johnson makes an assist for Brighouse Town
73:00 Assist
Gabriel Johnson makes an assist for Brighouse Town
73:00 Goal 0 - 2
Aaron Martin scores for Brighouse Town
64:00 Sub Off
Finn Donovan is substituted off for Brighouse Town
64:00 Sub On
Thomas Haigh is substituted on for Brighouse Town
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 0 - 1
Aaron Martin scores for Brighouse Town
43:00 Assist
George Clarke makes an assist for Brighouse Town
29:00 Sub Off
Mohammed Tijani Ibrahim is substituted off for Brighouse Town
29:00 Sub On
Gabriel Johnson is substituted on for Brighouse Town
16:00 Sub Off
Adam Jones is substituted off for Brighouse Town
16:00 Sub On
Iwan Heeley is substituted on for Brighouse Town
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As it happened

  • Droylsden
  • Brighouse Town
  • 0
  • Adam Jones Sub Off 16:00'
  • Iwan Heeley Sub On 16:00'
  • Mohammed Tijani Ibrahim Sub Off 29:00'
  • Gabriel Johnson Sub On 29:00'
  • Aaron Martin Goal 43:00'
  • George Clarke Assist 43:00'
  • Finn Donovan Sub Off 64:00'
  • Thomas Haigh Sub On 64:00'
  • Gabriel Johnson Assist 73:00'
  • Aaron Martin Goal 73:00'
  • Aaron Martin Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Gabriel Johnson Assist 90:00 +2:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
15. Ossett Albion 42 47
16. Ossett Town 42 47
17. Brighouse Town 42 46
18. Kendal Town 42 45
19. Mossley 42 44
20. Radcliffe Borough 42 44
21. Skelmersdale United 42 37

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