Langley inspires sparkling Reserves

With a sparkling performance Brighouse Old Boys Reserves comprehensively beat their North Yorkshire opponents.

From the off in this West Yorkshire Alliance Division One game, Old Boys took the game to the home side. Warren Philips and Martin Newham took control and it was Newham who opened the scoring. A corner from the right by Dan Heavyside was met by a neat header steered into the back of the net by Newham.

With Ben Briggs looking solid in goal and the back four of Dan Addy, Graham Tait, Rob Langley and Jordan Hadden stopping all efforts from the home team the portents were looking good for the Brighouse lads.

Boroughbridge couldn’t cope with the pace and dazzling footwork from Peter Kuleczko on the right plus the penetrating runs from Hadden, and a run from the right- back followed by a low cross allowed Heavyside to sidefoot the ball home.

Boroughbridge pegged one back, a low free-kick beating Briggs down to his left-hand side.

Undeterred by this setback, Old Boys once again took the game to Boroughbridge and scored the critical fourth goal, this timeset up by Kuleczko, and volleyed home by the impressive Mitch Hirst.

Fresh legs were needed as the youthful debututant James Symonds was tiring, veteran Vaughan Wagstaff replacing him, Kris Nalson replacing Hirst andJohny Conway taking over from Warren Phillips. Rolling back the years the evergreen Wagstaff continued his scoring fans.

Ignoring the baying fans to chip the keeper from 20 yards out, after a crossfield ball from Heavyside, Wagstaff simply powered the ball into the back of the net.

At the very end Old Boys completed the scoring when Newham was brought down in the box; man-of-the -match Langley strode up and smashed the ball past the hapless Boroughbridge keeper.

This was an excellent win to cap a strong performance, and cementing Old Boys’ Reserves position in the middle of the division.