Garbe feeling confident as Old Boys seek to see off form foes

Brighouse OB Reserves' They lost 1-0 in the last minute of extra time to Oxenhope Rec. Res in the WY League Trophy Round 2.' ''Image 03  -  Forward Alex Tait running through
Brighouse OB Reserves' They lost 1-0 in the last minute of extra time to Oxenhope Rec. Res in the WY League Trophy Round 2.' ''Image 03 - Forward Alex Tait running through

Brighouse Old Boys are away on Saturday to the form team of the West Yorkshire League Premier Division, Leeds City (2.30).

Three weeks ago manager Phil Garbe says he would have been a worried man taking his out of sorts team to play them.

However, after two wins and a draw that in reality should have been a win, he is more confident of giving Leeds City a real test.

“We are playing some good football ourselves now and I feel they will take the game to them as they are now playing something like and as a soild unit,” said Garbe.

“I will have Alex Tait back in contention and a talented squad to pick from.”

The club’s second team, who lost 3-1 at unbeaten Oxenhope Res last Saturday, are at home to Ossett Common Rovers in the West Riding Challenge Trophy first round (2.00).

Manager Chris Wadsworth said his side battled well and were still in it with very few minutes left on the clock.

Wadsworth also revealed that some 20 players were unavailable last week. This led to the Huddersfield League Division Four side not being able to field a team at Colne Valley.

This Saturday they host 3D Dynamos at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe HS (2.15).

Brighouse Old Boys 2

Boroughbridge 2

West Yorkshire League

After winning their previous two games, the Old Boys began the game confidently, retaining possession well and creating several half-chances in the early stages.

Boroughbridge were clearing their lines well, but the home side’s back four of Joe Nalson, Andy Hall, Ian Brock and Luke Johnson were working well as a unit to prevent their opponents from creating any chances.

As the half wore on, Brighouse began to be even more dominant, but they failed to capitalise on their chances.

A corner on the right from Matty Roy found Johnson unmarked at the back post, but his header went wide and another cross from the right by Nalson found striker Rob Kenny in the clear but his header also missed the target.

Just as half-time approached, the Old Boys were caught with a sucker punch when Boroughbridge survived the calls for offside to fire past advancing ‘keeper Jason Hibbert.

Old Boys began the second half in determined mood and should have equalised when Roy finished a good run down the left with a square pass to Mike Pearson, but his shot from 10 yards out went over the bar.

Tom Gorringe, playing on the right of midfield was then thrown up front, with Kenny moving out to play wide right.

The tactical switch almost paid instant dividends, with Gorringe putting Roy through, but his shot was well saved by the Boroughbridge ‘keeper.

However, minutes later Pearson made amends for his earlier miss to score the equaliser with a long distance looping shot.

The Old Boys should really have then built on this platform, but it was Boroughbridge who began to look the more dangerous.

The away side then went ahead again when a straight forward long ball found their centre forward completely unmarked on the edge of the box and he finished in style.

Brighouse introduced Dave Conway and Steve Ashford and Ashford forced a superb save from the ‘keeper and the resulting corner was headed in by Conway at the front post for the Old Boys’ second equaliser.