Old Boys make light of long lay off with victory over Carlton

football - round one of the Halifax Challenge Cup - Friendly v Brighouse Old Boys at Luddendenfoot park'Lee Perry for Friendly and Rob Kenny for Brighouse OB
football - round one of the Halifax Challenge Cup - Friendly v Brighouse Old Boys at Luddendenfoot park'Lee Perry for Friendly and Rob Kenny for Brighouse OB

Brighouse Old Boys returned to league action with a comprehensive victory over their lower-ranked opponents.

Rob Kenny returned to the fray while captain James Fletcher started up front with Lee Burgess and James Cummings came into central midfield in a 4-4-2 formation.

Old Boys started the brighter with the midfield grabbing the initiative and taking the game to Carlton.

The first goal arrived early when an attack down the left followed by a pinpoint ball into the box from Fletcher saw Kenny shooting low and to the keeper’s right.

Carlton, who are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table, came back strongly with their pacy wingers causing the defence problems while ‘keeper Jason Hibbert had to be called into action on a couple of occasions.

Although dominating possession, Carlton failed to turn this into goals and it was Old Boys who looked more dangerous on the break.

It was from one of these forays that Old Boys scored their second goal, Damian Place slotting a ball through to Kennywho cut in past a defender and placed the ball past the advancing keeper.

Brighouse started to dominate proceedings in the second half, Cummings and Place the springboard for the attacks, Wdowczyk and Kenny proving too much too handle for the Carlton defence while Burgess’s skilful touches allowed Fletcher to tease open the the back four.

At the other end, full backs Joe Nelson and Matty Roy were finding the time and space to add to their side’s attacking options and everytime Carlton tried to play through the middle they came across the immoveable duo of Andy Hall and Ian Brock.

Old Boys’ third came from a mistake from the Carlton defence when a corner from the right was dropped by the keeper and Fletcher turned and lashed the ball home.

Fresh legs were brought on to add to Carlton’s woe, Mike Pearson replacing Fletcher with Tom Gorringe replacing Wdowczyk and with virtually his first touch Gorringe sprinted through only to be brought down by the keeper but the rewferee waved the penalty appeals away.

The final goal for Old Boys came from a Cummings pass which allowed Pearson to sprint through and place the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Carlton Athletic 1

Brighouse Old Boys 4

West Yorkshire League Premier Division