Hogg hits a hat-trick as Town rack up fourth straight win

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A win in their last game of the season, against bottom club Hall Road Rangers, gave Brighouse Town the runners-up spot above Bridlington Town despite a Craig Hogg triple propelling the Seasiders over the 90- point mark; and a Ryan Johnson strike in injury time prevented Town from keeping their third consecutive clean sheet.

Two long-range efforts from the home side were easily dealt with and two corners forced by Town proved fruitless before they took the lead in the fifteenth minute. Josh Greening chested a ball out of defence down to Tom Fleming on the left and he slipped it back inside for Greening to cross to Nathan Cook at the far post.

Goalkeeper Robert Poulter got a hand to Cook’s header but he was left helpless as Hogg followed up to score.

Chris Jenkinson cleared when Parkgate’s first corner was headed goalwards by Sam Smith then the striker put an attempt from Michael Haslam’s pass just past a post. Minutes later Haslam brought out a good save from Paul Fraser.

Town had three quick corners as Parkgate struggled to get the ball clear and another was gained when a run by Greening took him from the halfway-line and past three defenders before Gareth Griffiths got a foot to the ball.

A move involving Danny Buttle, Billy Logan and Greening ended with Cook firing over then a cross field pass by Ash Alanson to Logan on the right saw Greening meet his ball to the far post but he put it beyond the opposite upright.

A forward run took Cook past two players before he was stopped by a neat tackle from Parkgate skipper Adam Shepherd and after a fairly even half Town went into the break holding on to a one-goal advantage.

Within three minutes of the restart Town doubled the lead. Logan, just inside the Parkgate half, threaded the ball through to Greening in the area and when Poulter blocked his shot, Hogg was again in the right position to convert.

Tom Roebuck had an effort deflected for a corner and was just too high with an overhead kick then Fraser was quick to come out and collect when a Jenkinson back-header fell short.

Substitutions were made by both sides and Matthew Ord soon made his presence felt by going past Logan on the by-line although the defender recovered well to put the ball out for a corner.

With 66 minutes gone Greening put a superb curling ball into the area and it was met by Hogg to complete his fourth hat trick of the season.

Ord again tricked Logan but his shot was saved by Fraser at the near post.

A Hogg flick on gave Ben Silburn a sight of goal bu, hampered by the attention of Ryan Johnson, his effort went straight to Poulter. Fleming was booked for a rash challenge on Shepherd then neat footwork by Silburn created an opportunity but Poulter was well positioned to save.

Cook and Silburn combined to put an offside looking Logan in for a shot that went wide then Silburn again found the hands of Poulter after linking up with Greening.

With the game in time added on Allanson lazily gave the ball away and, when Silburn was unable to retrieve it, Johnson, who had been booked earlier, sent a 25-yard shot just inside the post and into the top corner giving Fraser no chance.