Friday 6th April 2012 ko 7.45pm
Northern Counties East League Premier Division
BRIGHOUSE TOWN 5 (Matthews 27 28 Naidole 50 55 60)
BARTON TOWN OLD BOYS 1 (Metcalf 63) Lee sent off 71 (2nd booking)
Entry & Programme Hop Ticket
Our last game saw a visit to the Dual Seal Stadium, or of you’d prefer St Giles Road, in the Calderdale town of Brighouse. I didn’t realise at the time we were only 4 miles east of Halifax!
Brighouse is best known for the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, founded in 1881. The band won the National Brass Band Contest in 1946 and in 1968 they won the first Brass Band World Championship. In 1977 they recorded “The Floral Dance” which reached Number 2 in the UK Top 40 and stayed there for 6 weeks, inspiring Terry Wogan to release his own version some time later. There’s a small monument to them in the middle of a roundabout near the bus station. High praise indeed!
If dear reader, you’re looking for asthetically appealing stadia, then I’m afraid Brighouse isn’t for you. There’s 3 Portacabins which serve as clubhouse toilets and a hospitality area. There’s a terrace along one side which has a cover along half of it. It’s an odd arrangement as the roof seems to be attached to the fence separating the ground from the bus yard next door. The impression is that someones got a load of materials from a builders yard and cobbled together what they could. At one end the support is via suspension wires!!
The clubhouse was packed as merchandise was purchased, lineups obtained, and food (notably more expensive here) consumed. Being last game of the day, with little or competition, people were seen here that I hadn’t seen at some of the other games.
Brighouse had a point to prove having lost to Barton 5-0 earlier in the season, and what a point they made! From the moment that Danny Naidole went down in the box for a fortuitous penalty and Tom Matthews rolled in the penalty, there was no doubt as to the destination of the points. Matthews took precisely a minute to notch again, beating Town keeper Liam Taylor to a through ball. With the goal wide open. Matthews met him, one-on-one, came off the better of a 50-50 challenge, picked himself up, and rolled the ball in from 18 yards out.
The second half was the Danny Naidole show, and Barton had no answers to his dash and touch. Five minutes, four chances and three goals put the game way beyond Barton, who in the middle of Naidole’s purple patch had Tom Lee booked for a particularly stupid bit of mouthing off at the referee. That was to prove costly to him if not to his club, the points were gone, in the 71st minute as his foul on Danny Hull was easily worth a card, and off he went.
By that time Barton had their consolation, substitute Richard Medcalf pulling one back, getting the final touch to Ryan Cooper’s goal-bound effort. All hoppers like a goal-feast and this certainly fitted the bill! As the final whistle went I noticed referee Tom Nield have to remind Naidole to take the match ball!
Drop-offs completed I went for a very quiet pint with Chris, Lee and Derek, so tired but happy on a good day’s hopping, and looking forward to what Saturday’s 4 games would bring.