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Retford United 1 - 2 Brighouse Town'BARIS NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 1st October 2011'Danny Hayes in action for Retford United''Jon Knight - 07825 047766
Retford United 1 - 2 Brighouse Town'BARIS NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 1st October 2011'Danny Hayes in action for Retford United''Jon Knight - 07825 047766

RETFORD United lost their first league game of the season, missing out on the chance to go top.

Badgers were overtaken in the league by their visitors Brighouse Town who now lead the table.

United started well, Rob Austin found Dean Rick who tried to link the ball through for Carl Haslam, but his pass lacked weight and Brighouse a cleared.

Haslam did well shortly after to charge down the Brighouse keeper to get in a shot, but he mis-hit his effort.

Brighouse mounted an attack through the impressive Shane Hamilton, the bustling striker did well against Danny Hayes to shoot on target, striking the foot of the upright.

The visitors had a succession of four corners, the first tipped over by Jason Fisher, leading to the second that was scrambled away by the United defence.

Chris Baugh, Retford’s man of the Match, made a superb run past a number of Brighouse players to get into the box before firing a low shot that was tipped wide by Ben Inseon.

Brighouse took the lead on 26 minutes, a set-piece free-kick just outside the box was hit over the three man wall by Ben Green for Danny Hull to pick up behind and fire in off the far post.

United lacked cutting edge and found it hard to get into the Brighouse box.

Boss Brett Marshall was forced into making a double substitution before the break, Liam Pride and Warren Hatfield having to leave the field due to injury, replaced by Luke Smith and Adam Scott.

Brighouse had another chance before half-time, Danny Nadiole firing wide after good work by team-mate Hamilton.

The second half was only a minute old when Brighouse increased their lead, Hamilton finally getting onto the scoresheet.

Ignoring shouts for handball in the build up, he did well to take the ball to the edge of the box before releasing for one of his team-mates to cross back in, and Hamilton was in place to fire past Fisher to put Brighouse in the driving seat

Retford then dug in well, Haslam chased down Ineson again as the keeper looked for the ball to roll out for a goal kick, he was robbed by Haslam who tried to cross, but his final ball was poor.

Smith played the ball into the box, the clearance fell to Chambers on the edge of the box, his shot was cleared again, picked up by Rick but he was blocked by Ineson.

Fisher did well to keep the score down, with a great low save palmed away at his bottom right corner to stop Nick Jaggers.

Retford pulled a goal back on 64 minutes, Haslam did well to control the ball with his head as he broke into the box, before being taken down by the keeper, earning the Brighouse stopper a caution and winning Retford a penalty.

Scott stood up to take the spot kick and made no mistake as he powered it past Ineson for his third goal of the season.

In a frenetic last quarter of an hour, Retford looked for the leveller, but despite efforts from Smith, Austin and Owens, the goal wasn’t to come and as the final whistle blew, it was Brighouse who would sit on top of the league and Retford dropped to sixth place.

The Month of October sees five out of the six league games at Cannon Park.

The only away game comes on Saturday against Winterton Rangers (3pm) then United face four home games in a row, with Pickering Town, Maltby Main, Winterton Rangers and Arnold providing the opposition.