Garbe still on a high

Brighouse Old Boys manager Phil Garbe is still purring over the performance against unbeaten Midgley United in the quarter-finals of the Halifax Cup ahead of Saturday’s re-arranged away game at Ripon City (2.30) .

“That was a good solid performance against a good team who play a very direct style of football,” he said.

“They aim it up to two very good strikers and then get support up to them very quickly and once we had sussed this out we gradually took control.

“Now we can’t wait for the semi-final at our ground with Ovenden WR on Saturday, March 16 and probably our biggest gate in a long time.

“It is a tie that could have graced the final but we will take Ovenden in our stride and look to meeting the winners of Huddersfield Amateurs and Calder 76.

“Matty Roy is doing a good job covering for injured Luke Johnson at left back and apart from Luke and possibly skipper James Fletcher, who was seeing a physio this week for a groin pull, I look like taking a good squad to choose from for what is our longest journey at Ripon.

“We will make an early start to avoid all the pitfalls on the M62 and then that busy A1(M) and we should then have plenty of time to get prepared for a game against a side above us.

They set off well and at one time topped the Premier League but have slipped of late.

“They have really good facilities and a great pitch so we can look forward to it.”

The Old Boys’ reserve team, after a week off, was a little rusty away to Boroughbridge Res and lost 3-1.

This Saturday they are at home to Old Headingley (2.30) and manager Chris Wadsworth has plenty to pick from.

The Huddersfield League Division Four team lost 2-0 to a good Aimbry side and this weekend have no fixture.