Boss misses crucial game

Brighouse Old Boys v Ovenden West Riding - Halifax football league cup final at the Shay'James Fletcher for Brighouse
Brighouse Old Boys v Ovenden West Riding - Halifax football league cup final at the Shay'James Fletcher for Brighouse

ALL three Brighouse Old Boys teams are at home this Saturday but first team manager Phil Garbe will be flying elsewhere.

He and his wife will attend son James’s passing out ceremony at the Oxford Aviation Academy after qualifying as a commercial pilot.

“I am extremely proud of his achievement and just hope he can now go on to securing a job,” said Garbe.

“I am leaving the first team, not for the first time this season in the capable hands of Julian Prior as we entertain the Richmond Football Academy, RIASA, at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe with virtually a full squad to select from,” he said.

His first team will hope to continue the winning run of 15 games which has put them in line for promotion.

“Obviously Echo Sport will have gone to print by the time we played Wyke Wanderers on Wednesday night so once again it’s game by game and three points for the win we are aiming for,” said Garbe who will be anxiously awaiting the result.

“We didn’t have Damian Place last Saturday, as he withdrew with a chest infection but was fit for Wyke and hopefully for RIASA, along with Joe Nelson who is back from holiday.

“Our captain James Fletcher (ankle) is improving and he could make the last two games at the turn of the month.

“They made Julian and I sweat again last Saturday against Ilkley with another 2-1 win and that final 20 minutes but they were strong and resolute.

“Never mind the club record up to Wyke on Wednesday its just about churning out the results to get that all important promotion place.

“The second team churned out something of a miss-mash of a team with all respects to who played, highlighted by Paul Meredith’s wedding and taking quite a few of the players and we even had first team goalkeeper Gareth Betts who is still recovering from his early season shoulder injury on the bench as an emergency striker!

“There is a point there, that we have achieved so much this term with the first team without our No1 keeper.”

The second team entertain Bardsey (2.30pm) on Brighouse Juniors pitch at Hove Edge and manager Chris Wadsworth is very grateful to the committee for their permission.

They are then at home to Carlton on Monday back at their school base (6.15pm) and if they can win both of those games they should be able to breathe easy for another season in Division One of the West Yorkshire Alliance.

The club’s third team entertain Mixenden United in a Halifax League Division One game (2.30pm).