Old Boys facing tough test against leaders

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

Brighouse Old Boys boss Phil Garbe will be hoping his side can re-produce their form from last Wednesday when they resume their West Yorkshire League Premier Division campaign on Saturday.

Old Boys finally got their season off the ground with a comprehensive 4-0 home success over close rivals Field FC.

However, last weekend they found themselves unabale to build on that success when losing at Kippax.

Garbe’s side host Bardsey this weekend - just the sort of team Brighouse will not relish playing as they look to discover some form.

Bardsey top the table having won four and drawing one of their five matches to date.

Brighouse finally played the kind of competitive football needed to compete in this division against Field and the two goals by Alex Tait were the highlight, Will Tolley and James Coates grabbed one each as Brighouse dominated throughout and fully deserved their victory

On Saturday, the Old Boys were once again left frustrated when, playing with a strong breeze behind them in the first half and having taken an early two goal lead through James Coates and James Fletcher, they let in a soft goal to only take the one goal lead into the break.

Kippax then took advantage of the strengthening wind in the second half and piled on the pressure, scoring three goals without reply to win comfortably by 4-2.

This leaves Old Boys near the foot of the table with only three points from their first five games.

With no more mid-week fixtures due until April next year, and several key players now returning from injuries and holidays, the team need to start to pick up points quickly or face a potential season-long struggle to avoid relegation.