Garbe shocked, but Midgley the priority

Brighyouse Ol;d Boys Reserves' two goal scorer Alex Tait
Brighyouse Ol;d Boys Reserves' two goal scorer Alex Tait

BRIGHOUSE Old Boys manager Phil Garbe was left surprised earlier this week when he was told his twice postponed third round West Riding County FA Cup tie away to Ryburn United had to take a back seat for a Halifax League tie.

“I couldn’t believe it when they said you are playing your Albert Crabtree quarter final home tie with Midgley United (1.30) and will have to sort the outstanding tie after that one,” said Garbe.

“Even with a bad forecast for this Friday I am confident we shall be hosting the Halifax League Premier Division’s leading club for what should be a good game.

“We will be without our quality centre back Ian Brock and I am undecided who to bring in.

“When we hopefully take to the field we will not have played for three weeks and it could well show.

“It’s going to be some cup tie.”

Garbe went along to the reserve team’s County Trophy tie with Campion last Saturday and was impressed with Alex Tait, who is on the comeback trail to fitness after some two years of problems with a cruciate ligament injury.

Reserves boss Chris Wadsworth takes his team to Rothwell Reserves in Alliance League 1 action (2.0).

The club’s third team, whose game was postponed last week, are away to FC Lockwood who they drew 2-2 with four weeks ago.

Brighouse Old Boys Res 3

Campion 4

West Riding County FA Trophy Round Four

IN an exciting match with a controversial finish Campion ran out eventual winners by the odd goal.

From the off Old Boys’ smooth assured passing game put them in the ascendancy and pressing Campion backwards, with Alex Tait and Suleman Rafiq up front creating chances for the home side.

At the other end, keeper Taylor was hardly threatened, any attacking play by Campion being expertly mopped up by Lee Williams and the evergreen Vaughan Wagstaff.

The first goal came after a poor clearance by the Campion defence straight to Alex Tait thirty yards out, who curled a left footed shot up and over the despairing hands of the keeper.

The second came soon after, again from man of the match, Tait, this time a solo effort.

Receiving the ball on the edge of the area, he eluded the first defender and went past two more before placing the ball past the away team keeper.

Old Boys were pegged back before halftime, stand-in keeper Taylor failed to collect the ball and left the Campion forward with an easy finish.

Old Boys did have their chances and were unlucky not to increase their lead, a couple of chances from the excellent Rafiq just going wide.

But Campion did get back into the game, a mistake allowing them to shoot in the equalizer.

Credit to Old Boys, they didn’t give up and went up the other end and took the lead. Lee Burgess had come on for the injured Alex Tait and his height and presence was worrying the away team’s defence.

A long ball from defence was nodded on by Burgess into the path of Rafiq and he sprinted forward and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper, and with only a few minutes left it looked liked the winner for the Old Boys.

However from a set piece Taylor in the Brighouse goal could only punch the ball into the path of a Campion attacker and once again the scores were level.

It looked like extra time was looming but then the controversial finish. After an exchange of passes in the Campion midfield and an away team attacker broke free and put the ball in the back of the net.