Garbe looking to build after Old Boys recover from poor start

Brighouse  Old Boys, in red, beat Mount St Mary's 2-1 in the WR Div One. '' 'Image02 ' captain James Fletcher
Brighouse Old Boys, in red, beat Mount St Mary's 2-1 in the WR Div One. '' 'Image02 ' captain James Fletcher

Brighouse Old Boys, with a league and cup win under their belts after a shocking start to the season, are looking forward to turning over Boroughbridge at home on Saturday (2.30).

“Following our win at Hunslet Club and then against a good footballing side in Spring Hall Celtic last week in the Halifax Cup, we are on the up,” said manager Phil Garbe.

“It was a difficult pitch on Savile Park and a stiff breeze was blowing but we played some good stuff and particularly in the second half.

“I hope, with a chance to keep a settled side, we can now climb the table.

“There are no easy games in the division but Boroughbridge are just above us after making a similar start to ourselves so I am hopeful of three points.

“I am without Alex Tait in the centre of defence but Ian Brock comes in and his experience will count for plenty.

“Rob Kenny is making slow but good progress after his groin problems and I may give him a full game in the reserves to aid this comeback.

The reserves drew 4-4 at home to Robin Hood Reserves but with two minutes to go were trailing 4-2.

Things don’t get much easier with an away trip on Saturday to Oxenhope Res (2.30) who have won all their games so far this term.

The Huddersfield League Division Four side lost 2-1 at Almondbury Woolpack and face a tough task on Saturday at Colne Valley (2.15) who have won all four of their matches.

Spring Hall Celtic 1

Brighouse Old Boys 3

Albert Crabtree Halifax & District Cup -Round two

Holders Brighouse Old Boys started this year’s campaign with victory over Spring Hall Celtic of the Halifax League Division Two.

Old Boys started brightly with the quick interplay in midfield between James Fletcher, Reece Bray, Matty Roy and James Coates catching the Spring Hall defence off guard.

However they couldn’t turn their dominance into goals and after one good chance from Fletcher, Spring Hall scored against the run of play.

The game changed in the second half with assured defending from centre back pairing Andy Hall and Alex Tait, and positive full back play from Joe Nalson and Luke Johnson, backed up by the excellent handling from ‘keeper Jason Hibbert not allowing Spring Hall the space to play.

The equaliser came somewhat fortuitously, a corner to Old Boys saw the ball bouncing around in the penalty area allowing centre forward Mike Pearson to pounce.

Old Boys took charge and with the skills of Gorringe prising open the Spring Hall defence it was only a matter of time before the Brighouse side took the lead.

The goal came when Kenny found Fletcher with a pinpoint cross and he finished with aplomb.

Spring Hall came back at their visitors but never really threatened, the attacks being snuffed out before they reached the penalty area.

The final goal came when a Spring Hall defender misplaced a back pass and Matty Roy was on hand to net.