Garbe is anxious for action

Brighouse Old Boys keeper Gareth Betts stretches to save during his side's West Yorkshire League Cup clash with Leeds City
Brighouse Old Boys keeper Gareth Betts stretches to save during his side's West Yorkshire League Cup clash with Leeds City

BRIGHOUSE Old Boys manager Phil Garbe is going through the mill at the moment with postponements of cup ties and no West Yorkshire League programme being fullfilled.

After looking like a mid-season top four side they are now in eighth place and five games adrift of leaders Ripon City.

Following an instruction last week that they should play their Albert Crabtree Halifax and District quarter-final tie with Midgley United, they are now, following the postponement of that match, set to play the West Riding County Cup third round tie away to Ryburn United on Saturday (1.30).

Garbe has spoken with the management of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School about using the 3G all weather pitch, which is available as his other two pitches are wanted by his reserves and the third team.

“I am sure Ryburn when I speak to them will switch and the league will want it out of the way with the next round imminent,” said Garbe.

“Then we have to get in the Midgley game and all the time our league games build up, so its going to be pretty congested come the end of the season.

“We have played just one league game in the past seven weeks so you don’t have to be Einstein to realise what a backlog we have.”

Garbe could be without captain James Fletcher on Saturday who has a niggly groin injury.

Chris Wadsworth’s reserves entertain Ripon City Reserves (2.00).

Garbe took time out to watch his second string last week and was very impressed with how midfielder Chris Wdowcyzk had come on since his autumn move to them following sojourns with Liversedge and AFC Emley after leaving Brighouse Town.

“I was also delighted with the performance of our former first choice keeper Gareth Betts and another game like that and he will certainly be pressing Jason Hibbert,” said Garbe, who added that Adam Williams also looked very composed and on his game in midfield.

The club’s Huddersfield League Division Four side had their game called off at FC Lockwood and on Saturday host league leaders Hade Edge (2.15).

They lost 3-1 to them just over a month ago at their ground on the edge of the southern Pennines heading for Glossop.

Rothwell Res 2

Brighouse Old Boys Res 3

West Yorkshire Alliance Division One

BRIGHOUSE Old Boys Reserves bounced back from their cup defeat with a hard fought victory against a Rothwell side who are second in the league and pushing for the title.

The visitors started brightly and after good link up play Paul Taylor hit the post, but unfortunately this was his last action as he suffered a recurrence of his ankle injury, youngster Mitch Hirst taking his place.

Adam Williams and Chris Wdowczyk were dominating the centre of midfield. However, on 20 minutes, the home side grabbed the lead with their first meaningful attack through Jack Griffiths.

The equaliser came five minutes later when Vaughan Wagstaff was pushed as he went to meet Adam Williams’ cross.

Alex Tait’s penalty was saved by James Crosby but he reacted smartly to fire in the rebound.

The Old Boys’ defence of Jonny Conway, Lee Williams, Wagstaff and Graeme Tait, supported by Betts, looked to be in control, but minutes before half time a mistimed defensive header was intercepted and Nathan Floyd fired home.

It could have been worse when the same player hit the bar with the Brighouse defence at sixes and sevens, but the score remained 2-1 at half time.

The visitors came out in the second half with an intent and almost grabbed an immediate equaliser when, Hirst broke through but his shot went the wrong side of the post.

Brighouse continued to put pressure on a home side who were defending in numbers before Alex Tait was fouled 20 yards out and Adam Williams stepped up to hit a pile-driving free kick past Crosby.

Steve Ashford had a great chance but Crosby was on hand to block the ball at his feet and Wdowcyk saw a crisp shot flyinches wide.

The same player then grabbed the winner when he latched onto ‘keeper Bett’s long clearance to fire in an unstoppable shot.