A Daniel Hull Hat-trick sends Town into seventh heaven, as Brighouse put Tingley to the sword.
Both sides took a few minutes to get to grips with the pitch, as the grass was slowing the ball and making passing a little awkward at times.
But it was Brighouse who adapted quickest to the conditions, Town soon started to dictate the pace, and tempo of the game.
Brighouse took the lead on 9 minutes, when Tom Wright won the ball in midfield, he passed the ball to Alex O’Keefe who was hugging the left touchline, O’Keefe slipped the ball inside to the advancing left full back Chris Dennison, who lifted his head up and smashed the ball all of 35yards into the top right hand corner of the net.
This stunned Tingley and Town were now all over their opponents, from a Dennison throw, Graham Marchant flicked the ball onto Kieran Corley, whose turn and shot went narrowly wide of the far post.
On 23 minutes Town doubled their lead, when right back Oliver Taylor released winger Wayne Crossley who skipped passed his marker, before steadying himself and crossing to Marchant, Marchant had the run on his marker, who could only push the forward in the back to stop him scoring, and referee Christopher Hepworth had no option but to point to the spot, Wayne Crossley stepped up and slotted the penalty home. Youngster Danny Hull was now in total command of the game, as Tingley couldn’t cope with his dynamism, and the pace he was playing the game at.
Danny Hull again won the ball in midfield and slipped the ball to Tom Wright, who advanced up field before shooting narrowly wide from 25 yards.
From a Town corner that was cleared to Danny Hull, who once again picked up the loose ball at the edge of Tingley’s box, while under pressure he found Wright to his left and Wright’s shot was saved.
Town were well on top but had to be aware of Tingley on the counter, and one such attack had to be defended, first by Matty Parker and then by an excellent tackle by the impressive Damian Gomersall.
O’Keefe was again to the fore, when the young winger won the ball just inside the Tingley half, he beat one player before skipping past another and then beating the last man, but when through on goal he couldn’t quite sort out his feet and really trouble the Tingley keeper.
At the interval Manager Rick Addy asked for more of the same, and asked his players to increase the tempo. Town’s Japanese coach Tsuyoshi Takano with the aid of a clipboard and counters asked for the reserves to concentrate on passing the ball short, and to switch and create angles with plenty of options for the player with the ball, and once the ball had been passed, to create a further space and angles further forward as another option.
After the interval town stepped up the pace, but the first chance of the second half fell to Tingley, when a header from a corner was cleared of the line by Dennison with the half only a couple of minutes old.
Brighouse regained their composure, and with some slick passing, they were starting to cut their opponents to ribbons.
And on 52 minutes Town added a third, with the move of the game from one end of the pitch to the other.
Keeper Sean Cook had the ball in his hands, and he rolled it to centre half Matty Parker, he passed to Dennison on the left, who then slipped the ball inside to Tom Wright, who passed the ball out to O’Keefe who had chalk on his boots by the left touchline, O’Keefe then played a one two with Danny Hull, O’Keefe then passed the full back with ease before crossing to the advancing Hull who stroked the ball into the net from 12 yards out. It was an outstanding flowing move from one end of the pitch too the other, with one and two touch passing, with no pass more than 12 or 13 yards in length.
After 55 minutes Andrew Hawker replaced Graham Marchant, and Hawker was immediately into the thick of it, when on 60 minutes town made it four. When the hard working Alex O’Keefe won the ball on the halfway line, he beat two before playing a one two with Hawker who slipped the winger in on goal, and the young winger did the rest, by smashing the ball across the keeper into the bottom far corner of the net.
Wayne Crossley was replaced by Karl Amos and Kieran Corley by Glyn Haley, this didn’t stop Town’s flowing game, as the fresh legs only increased the pace and frequency of towns attacks.
On 70 minutes Danny Hull got his second of the game, when O’Keefe found the midfielder at the edge of tingley’s box, he dipped his shoulder to go one way before going the other and his 20 yard shot took a slight defection to wrong foot and beat the keeper.
Then Brighouse missed a whole host of chances with Haley, Hawker and O’Keefe all going close with some excellent saves and last ditch tackles only just keeping town out.
But the constant pressure told as Town added a 6th and 7th goal, the 6th came curtsey of Alex O’Keefe who crossed to Andy Hawker who beat the keeper with a side footed shot from 10 yards out, then with time running out, Danny Hull grabbed his hat-trick.
He received the ball down the left flank before cutting in on his right foot, he passed one defender before unleashing a thunderbolt from 25 yards out, that gave the keeper no chance.
It was an impressive team performance from town, with some great individual performances thrown in.
Manager Rick Addy said after the game “it was a great team performance, with Alex Okeefe, Tom Wright, Damian Gomersall, Chris Dennison and Man of the Match Danny Hull excelling. If we can continue this form we could be a real threat this season”.