Old Boys live up to their potential as they prepare to defend cup crown

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Last weekend’s win at Hunslet saw the form Brighouse Old Boys are capable of producing according to manager Phil Garbe, writes Charlotte Henbest.

“It was pleasing to see that all the hard work put in at training has finally come to fruition and it was transferred on to the pitch.

“Skipper James Fletcher, who missed a lot of last season through injury, led by example and Tom Gorringe had an excellent game in his new role in front of midfield. However, it was a team performance and we are now on the right track.”

This weekend sees cup action for the first team in the Halifax and District League’s Albert Crabtree Cup, of which Brighouse OB are the current holders.

“We are away at Spring Hall Celtic, who play their games at Saville Park. They are a Halifax Division Two side and a bit of an unknown quantity to us. We won’t be taking it lightly but if we go in and play as we did last weekend we expect to come away with the right result.”

“Another advantage for us is that we now have a full compliment of players, as the holidays have come to an end and we will have Ian Brock and Rob Kenny available. Having a full three subs has made all the difference.”

The reserves also had a good weekend and came away from Wetherby with a point.

“It was good to come away from Wetherby with the draw, they are a good outfit and this weekend the reserves have another tough game coming up at home to Robin Hood Athletic (2.30).”

“It was also good news from the Huddersfield League team Division Four at the weekend as they put in a good performace against Brow United and came out on top 3-0. This weekend they are away at Almondbury Woolpack in a mid-table clash (2.15).”

This week in training another session is lined up with Lee Burgess, who is currently training for his UEFA A Licence and Garbe is more than happy for him to use the Old Boys for practise.

Hunslet Club 2

Brighouse Old Boys 4

West Yorkshire League Premier Division

Brighouse Old Boys returned to form and fully deserved their victory against promoted Hunslet Club.

Old Boys took the lead from a spectacular dipping shot from Fletcher.

Hunslet levelled for a 1-1 half time scoreline, but the visitors started brightly in the second half and got their just rewards, Mike Pearson tucking the ball away after turning quickly.

But once again Old Boys were pegged back when Hunslet’s number nine wriggled free of the attentions of Hall and Tait and knocked an unstoppable shot past Hibbert.

Almost annoyed by this, the Brighouse lads immediately went up the other end and scored, Fletcher scoring his second another spectacular effort.

Old Boys were now in control now and added a fourth. Fletcher found the tricky Roy who eluded two defenders before expertly chipping the ball over the keeper’s head.

Hunslet didn’t give up though and from one set piece Hibbert redeemed himself, making a superb triple save, the final touch tipping the ball over the crossbar.

An encouraging win for Old Boys and they need to build on this team play and continue on this rich vein of form.