STEETON’S defensive display impressed last night, as they prepared for the resumption of the North West Counties Football League season with a goalless draw against Brighouse Town at Marley.

The visitors, who play their football two tiers above the Chevrons, enjoyed the majority of possession, but created little and rarely troubled Jordan Moorhouse in the Steeton net.

Brighouse had the better of the play in the opening exchanges, with former Silsden winger Shiraz Khan impressing.

The Chevrons began to hit their stride midway through the first half and midfielders Mo Farhan Subhani and Josh McKiernon combined to provide a fantastic opportunity for Kayle Price to open the scoring.

But young Brig goalkeeper Jacob Carney was quick off his line to clear.

Steeton were almost dealt a blow when Town won a corner on the stroke of half-time, but the impressive Farhan Subhani found himself in the right place to prevent what seemed a certain goal.

Brighouse came out firing in the second half and came inches away from scoring within a minute of the restart when a trialist fired a low drive just wide of the far post.

Neither side registered a shot on target until the 65th minute, with a Town trialist stinging the palms of Moorhouse with a spectacular curling effort from 25 yards out.

Steeton had their best effort shortly after when they won a free kick 30 yards out, but Luke Baldwin’s strike landed on the roof of the net.

Minutes later Price beat the offside trap to latch on to a lofted pass, but a heavy first touch made it an easy save for the Brighouse substitute goalkeeper.

The visitors almost scored the winner in injury time with an overhead kick, but Alistair Morgan was on hand to provide a vital block.

Steeton will be looking for a similarly strong defensive display on Saturday when they travel to face Pilkington in their first NWCFL First Division North match since October.

Brighouse are also back in league action at the weekend, as they host Workington in the Northern Premier League North West Division.