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Brighouse 0-1 Droylsden

The Bloods hung on to collect all three points despite being reduced to ten men halfway through the second half but will have felt that they could have put the game to bed at halftime

Dan Wilkins strike after eighteen minutes was the only goal of the game played in windy conditions at the Yorkshire payments stadium, the striker latching on to a deflected attempt by Michael Brewster.

It was a deserved lead, the Bloods could easily have been in front in the first minute, Clooney putting Murray through but the midfielder’s tame shot was easily saved by Smith in the home goal.

Only a last ditch tackle by a Brig defender prevented Rouse having a clear shot on goal but it was Rouse who had the best chance to double the lead,winning the ball on the half way line and breaking with only the keeper to beat but in attempting to round Smith, the keeper managed to grab the ball.

At the other end, the home team had their chances, two falling for Stewart, along ball over the top finding the striker who volleyed wide, then breaking from a Bloods corner, hitting a weak shot straight at Thompson.

On the half mark, Eddie Church had a glorious chance to equalise but sliced his effort horribly wide.

Bianga replaces the injured Colin Murray with ten minutes of the first half remaining and Danny Hewitt saw yellow just before the break.

Liam Caddick was an early second half change coming on to replace George West but lasted just 43 seconds, the refere showing a straight red for a two footed challenge.

The Bloods though remained organised with Clooney running himself into the ground as the lone striker.

Brighouse has chances to equalise, a Lazenby effort going just wide while a ball across the face of the goal needed just the slightest of touches to hit the back of the net.

But the Bloods defended well and counter attacked on the break, Clooney’s cross for Wilkins saw the goal scorer shoot over.

Substitute Heeley had a chance to equalise with just ten minutes left on the clock but shot wide and the Bloods stayed strong to take all three points and propel themselves up the table.

Star player for his work rate Rhys Clooney

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