Old Boys march on in cup after crushing Red Star’s glory dreams

Actions from the game, Brighouse Oold Boys v Brighouse Town reserves at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School. Pictured is Craig Billington for Town and James Fletcher for Old Boys
Actions from the game, Brighouse Oold Boys v Brighouse Town reserves at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School. Pictured is Craig Billington for Town and James Fletcher for Old Boys

Holders Brighouse Old Boys cruised through to the semi-finals of the Halifax FA Albert Crabtree Cup with a convincing victory over Hebden Royd Red Star.

Old Boys opted to play an attacking 4-3-3 system with the intention to play the ball up to the front three of Matty Roy, Mike Pearson and James Fletcher and cutting out the boggy midfield.

The plan worked from the start and it came as no surprise when they went ahead after five minutes, Tom Gorringe hitting a low free kick from just outside the penalty box into the bottom corner of the net.

The goals kept on coming. Mike Pearson latched on to a through ball from Andy Hall to slot the ball past the advancing Red Star ‘keeper Glyn Claxton.

Soon afterwards a well-directed cross from the right by Jimmy Cummings found Fletcher, who volleyed in from close range at the back post.

A similar crossfield ball then found Reece Bray who fired in the fourth before right back Ian Brock made it five with a fortunate cross-shot that looped under the bar.

Old Boys were then awarded a penalty when centre back Sam Ferguson was brought down but Claxton, who had a fine game, made a good save from Fletcher.

Red Star then had a couple of chances.

A poor clearance from Old Boys ‘keeper Jason Hibbert found a Red Star mid-fielder near the halfway line and he hit a great shot but Hibbert sprinted back and tipped the ball over the bar.

Then a break and cross from the left found a man unmarked at the back post but Hall got back just in time to clear.

Old Boys regrouped and just before half-time, Pearson made it five with a tap in at the front post.

Old Boys got a sixtrh goal early in the second half, Pearson securing his hat trick after latching on to a loose ball.

A resurgent Red Star really knuckled down and gained their fully deserved consolation goal with a close range volley from a cross.

Hebden Royd Red Star 1

Brighouse Old Boys 6

Brighouse Old Boys Res 3

Field 3

Brighouse Old Boys Reserves once again failed to win at home as they shared the spoils with Bradford opponents.

The result could have gone either way, both teams having an abundance of chances to win.

The early breakthrough came from a well worked corner. The ball was floated to the back post by Adam Williams. Lurking on the edge of the six yard box was Vaughan Wagstaff, who headed powerfully towards the goal. In the way was Andy Burton, who deflected it in.

Field came back strongly and the back four of Jordan Hadden, Burton, Wagstaff and Jonny Conway had to be on their guard to prevent the equaliser but they couldn’t and Field drew level just before half-time.

In the second half Field took the lead twice but were pegged back by the never say die attitude of the home team.

Peter Kuleczko scored after a strong solo run and an adroit finish. Burton got his second with a powerful free kick which flew past the Field ‘keeper.

Steven Ashford and Calvin Lee both had good chances to score, balanced by two brilliant saves by Ben Briggs.