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Mon 9 Apr 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK North Attendance 121

Brighouse Echo - Brighouse Town 1-0 Mossley AFC

By Emily Anderson

ANOTHER RAIN-soaked Brighouse Town home fixture to Mossley AFC on Monday night saw the home side bag a much needed three points and a big step towards league safety as the ‘Lilywhites’ slipped to a 1-0 defeat despite creating a host of chances.

The fact the visitors didn’t take home the spoils was down to some fine goalkeeping by home number one Chandler Hallwood, clearly back to form, poor attacking decisions in the first half and an error by recalled Mossley keeper Oliver Martin eight minutes from time. In fact it was a 10-man Town team that controlled affairs for the most part in the second half and they thoroughly deserved to `nick it'!

Town opened the game in a lively fashion but came up against a solid Mossley defence.
As the game settled into a high tempo rhythm, despite the persistent rain and a greasy surface, Mossley began to get on top.

Mason Duffy tested Hallwood with a 20 yard screamer that the home keeper did well to parry away several minutes into the first half. Duffy and Adam Latham were causing the home defence plenty of problems and when a through ball saw Latham race clear in the 27th minute, he had his shirt pulled from behind by Callum Hall inches outside the box.

Hall was shown an immediate red card as the last line of defence but Mossley failed to capitalise as former Town player Mike Fish’s free kick flew over the bar.

With Town down to ten men, they needed to keep their heads to stay in the game! Skipper Adam Field set a fine example covering plenty of ground and was well backed up by home debutant Alfie Hammond, who looks a real find, Oliver Crowley, James Hurtley and Oran Thompson on his home debut.

Mossley attempted to make their numerical advantage count and Duffy and Dieter Downey were again denied by fine Hallwood saves as Mossley ended the half in dominant fashion.

Town made a half time substitution with the returning from injury, experienced Connor Griffin replacing 18-year-old Terriers' talent Thompson.
The visitors continued to test Town in the opening 10 minutes but they failed to finish in the final third and the cat and mouse game proceeded. Town were breaking away and the workmanlike Gabriel Johnson, Crowley and Isaac Marriott, supported by the skilful Tom Haigh splaying balls out wide were testing a tiring Mossley who also lost their best player Latham with an ankle injury in the 59th minute.

Town brought on fresh legs in the 70th minute with Mohammed Ibrahim replacing Aaron Martin and seven minutes later Adam Jones coming on for Hammond . Both good moves by the manager as they harrassed the Mossley players in possession and won vital balls. Haigh had to receive treatment for a badly broken nose from physio Harry Gee but he would not come off the pitch.

Mossley’s best chance of the half came with ten minutes left on the clock as sub Danny McLaughlin’s close range drive was somehow brilliantly saved once more by Hallwood.
Two minutes later came the shock winner, a Town corner, taken by Huddersfield Town loanee Marriott and his in-swinging ball looked an easy catch for keeper Martin, level with the bar, but instead, a poor punch went straight to the feet of centre back James Hurtley 12 yards out who volleyed the ball into the net. Hurtley was mobbed by his teammates and the referee had to herd them back to the centre circle.

Town held on defensively for the remainder of the 90 minutes plus four minutes added time and the players were vociferously cheered and clapped off the pitch by the relieved Brighouse faithful.
Brighouse: Hallwood, Field, Hall, Hammond (Jones), Hurtley, Thompson ( Griffin ), Crowley , Haigh, A. Martin (Ibrahim), Johnson, Marriott. Subs not used: Naidole, Riley.

Mossley: O Martin, Jeffs, Downey (Blair), Quansah, Dean, Evans, Latham (Palmer), Keogh, Ellis (McLaughlin), Duffy, Fish. Subs not used: Harrison, Tuohy.

Referee: Jonathan Bickerdike

Attendance: 121

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Chandler Hallwood keeps a clean sheet for Brighouse Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Chandler Hallwood is awarded player of the match for Brighouse Town
86:00 Sub On
James Blair is substituted on for Mossley
86:00 Sub Off
Liam Ellis is substituted off for Mossley
86:00 Sub Off
Liam Ellis is substituted off for Mossley
82:00 Goal 1 - 0
James Hurtley scores for Brighouse Town
81:00 Assist
Isaac Marriott makes an assist for Brighouse Town
77:00 Sub Off
Alfred Hammond is substituted off for Brighouse Town
77:00 Sub On
Adam Jones is substituted on for Brighouse Town
70:00 Sub On
Mohammed Tijani Ibrahim is substituted on for Brighouse Town
70:00 Sub Off
Aaron Martin is substituted off for Brighouse Town
65:00 Sub Off
Dieter Downey is substituted off for Mossley
65:00 Sub On
Danny McLaughlin is substituted on for Mossley
62:00 Yellow Card
Thomas Haigh is yellow carded for Brighouse Town
59:00 Sub On
Tyrell Palmer is substituted on for Mossley
59:00 Sub Off
Adam Latham is substituted off for Mossley
46:00 Sub On
Connor Griffin is substituted on for Brighouse Town
46:00 Sub Off
Oran Thompson is substituted off for Brighouse Town
End of period 1
27:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Callum Hall is sent off for Brighouse Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Brighouse Town
  • Mossley
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  • Callum Hall Red Card 27:00'
  • Oran Thompson Sub Off 46:00'
  • Connor Griffin Sub On 46:00'
  • Adam Latham Sub Off 59:00'
  • Tyrell Palmer Sub On 59:00'
  • Thomas Haigh Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Dieter Downey Sub Off 65:00'
  • Danny McLaughlin Sub On 65:00'
  • Aaron Martin Sub Off 70:00'
  • Mohammed Tijani Ibrahim Sub On 70:00'
  • Alfred Hammond Sub Off 77:00'
  • Adam Jones Sub On 77:00'
  • Isaac Marriott Assist 81:00'
  • James Hurtley Goal 82:00'
  • Liam Ellis Sub Off 86:00'
  • Liam Ellis Sub Off 86:00'
  • James Blair Sub On 86:00'

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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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