Hectic schedule as Old Boys gear up for season

Old Boys away to Aberford Albion in WY Div 1. Old Boys, in blue, won one nil.' ' 'Image02    Winger Rob Kenny going through
Old Boys away to Aberford Albion in WY Div 1. Old Boys, in blue, won one nil.' ' 'Image02 Winger Rob Kenny going through

It has been a busy week for Brighouse Old Boys with friendlies last Thursday and Saturday against Storthes Hall and Littletown respectively.

Both sides currently play in the West Riding County Amateur Premier Division, plus the fixtures for August being announced for the West Yorkshire League sides.

The match against Storthes Hall last Thursday was played on the 3G pitch at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe School, with both sides keen to pass the ball around and it made for an entertaining match with Old Boys just edging it with a 4-3 win.

The highlight of the game was a hat trick for Matty Roy and a brilliant double penalty save by keeper Ben Briggs. Roy’s first goal was a typical jinking run before scoring in the corner; the second was a terrific strike from Will Tolley’s cross and his third was a repeat of his first, a superb run and finish, with Martin Newham scoring an excellent goal from Joe Nalson’s pass for the fourth.

On Saturday they were away to Littletown, playing on a pitch which was in great condition and as a consequence both sides moved the ball round well and once again it was a good game of football with the honours shared in a 4-4 draw.

Highlights of the game were a goal from youngster Adam Leslie, who headed in Roy’s cross to give Brighouse the lead, and a brace from another young player, Mitch Hirst, in his second season with the club.

The first came when he was released by James Coates’ pass and he outpaced the home defence before slipping the ball past the home keeper; while his second was a powerful drive set up by another youngster, Nathan Holmes.

Coates got the fourth goal with a good strike from Richard Rothwell’s pass.

Managers Phil Garbe and Chris Wadsworth were pleased with the overall performances with 24 players being used over the two games.

‘It was good to see Sam Ferguson come through his first game after missing last season with a bad knee injury, the two games were a good run out,” said reserve team manager Wadsworth.

“We were able to use a mixture of last season’s first and second team players, together with the new youngsters who have joined this time and still turn in two positive performances against two competitive teams.” .

Garbe added: ”We have two more friendlies, entertaining Halifax Irish at 2.30pm on Saturday, followed by Brighouse Town away next Monday evening (7.00).

“Certainly on Monday night we will be aiming to utilise the players who will be forming the first team for the opening West Yorkshire League Premier Division fixture on August 17.

“With regard to the fixtures, the first team kick off on that date with an away game against Whitkirk Wanderers who just avoided relegation last season.

“That is followed with three home games, the following Wednesday against Shelley and on the Saturday they entertain Hunslet Club.

“Both these teams were promoted last season so they are some what of an unknown quantity but both sides have had successive promotions, so will be fancying their chances.

“Wednesday, August 28 sees us hosting local rivals Field from Bradford, and on the last Saturday they are away to Kippax, a notoriously tricky fixture.

“It is a tough start to our second season in the top flight but we will be ready and up for it as pre-season is going well and the players are looking fit and strong and we are intending to build on last season and make a sustained challenge to establish ourselves as a top side in the division.”

The West Yorkshire Reserve League is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, August 31, with a home fixture against Hunslet Club Reserves.