Ice-cool Old Boys hold nerve and progress

Brighouse Old Boys progressed to the next round after holding their nerve in a shootout to win a twice-postponed cup tie that eventually went ahead on the 3G artificial pitch at Lightcliffe Academy.

The Old Boys won the toss and elected to play against the driving wind and rain in the first half.

As expected, Alwoodley took advantage of the conditions and put the Old Boys under pressure from the start, but the home team defended well and when possible managed to put in some good passing moves.

However, with the strong wind increasing in speed, it seemed only a matter of time before the away side would open the scoring. This they did on the half-hour mark when a long through ball was brought under control by their centre forward who then shot past the advancing Old Boys ‘keeper Jason Hibbert.

The Old Boys managed to hold out until half-time with the score remaining at 1-0.

The home side almost equalised in the first minute of the second half when a long pass from left-back Jake Broadbent tempted the Alwoodley ‘keeper off his line. Old Boys striker Richard Heins bravely jumped with the ‘keeper and was unlucky to see his header go inches wide of the post.

Old Boys continued to press and after 20 minutes they equalised when, from a Jimmy Cummings corner, Elliot Fris fired home at the near post.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Old Boys were unlucky not to score the winning goal when, after a good flowing move, Matt Richardson’s shot hit the far post. However, with the wind speed now reducing, Alwoodley were themselves unlucky when, with only two minutes left on the clock, their left-winger hit a shot that rebounded off the bar.

With the artificial surface beginning to become waterlogged, the referee called the game straight into a penalty shoot-out. With Heins, Chris Wdowszk, Cummings and Damian Place all scoring their penalties and only three Alwoodley successes, the Brighouse team progressed to the third round this Saturday, away at Stanningley Old Boys (1. 30pm).

In the West Yorkshire League Alliance Division One, Oxenhope Recreation Resereves beat the Old Boys second string 8-2. The Reserves play their third round West Riding County Challenge Trophy match on Saturday, at home to Broomhill (1.30pm).