Old Boys looking to stem the flow following heavy defeats

They lost 1-0 in the last minute of extra time to Oxenhope Rec. Res in the WY League Trophy Round 2.' ''Image 04  -  Centre back Reece Bray getting stuck in.

They lost 1-0 in the last minute of extra time to Oxenhope Rec. Res in the WY League Trophy Round 2.' ''Image 04 - Centre back Reece Bray getting stuck in.

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Brighouse Old Boys shipped in goals in generous quantities last weekend in one of their worst on record in recent times of unqualified success.

Their first team lost 6-1 away to West Yorkshire League Premier Division leaders Leeds City, the reserves in their West Yorkshire County FA Challenge Trophy first round tie went down 7-4 at home to Ossett Common Rovers and their third team lost 4-2 to 3D Dynamos in their Huddersfield League Division Four game.

The Old Boys now find themselves third from bottom being propped up by Otley Town and bottom club Kippax.

However, they do have a fine chance on Saturday at home to Horbury Town (2.30) to gain some valuable points.

Horbury come to them on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Salts last Saturday and are only one place above the Old Boys in the table.

Assistant manager Julian Prior said that his boys were beaten by a slicker side on the day at Leeds but they certainly didn’t have the rub of the green in the first half and it, in his opinion, knocked them out of their stride.

“No excuses and we certainly need to play on Saturday as we know how we can and how we were shaping up ahead of the Leeds game,” he added.

A combination of defensive errors and clinical finishing led to their Premier League defeat.

Leeds opened the scoring after just five minutes, but the Brighouse midfield started to get a grip on the game and that led to an equaliser when a corner from Rob kenny found the head of Alex Tait in the six yard box and he did the rest.

A controversial moment saw Leeds restore their lead. The right winger ran into the area and was challenged by Tait. The referee ignored the pleas of the Leeds players and awarded a goal kick.

However, his assistant attracted the referee’s attention and after a long conversation he reversed his decision and awarded the penalty which was duly put away..

Brighouse did create chances but were rocked by a third goal when they failed to close down the home team right winger who was allowed to volley the ball home after a cross from the left.

Leeds’ clinical finishing saw them add a further two goals to make it 4-1 at the break.

The second half started in a similar vein to the first half with Leeds scoring early on. However, for the rest of the half Brighouse competed, but pushing up left gaps at the back which the home side were able to exploit.