Wetherby win boosts Garbe ahead of tricky cup matches

Old Boys in red drew 1-1 at home to Whitkirk Wanderers.''Image02 ' Midfielder James Fletcher
Old Boys in red drew 1-1 at home to Whitkirk Wanderers.''Image02 ' Midfielder James Fletcher

Brighouse Old Boys manager Phil Garbe hailed the victory over Wetherby Athletic as “massive” ahead of three weeks on the road of cup football.

On Saturday Old Boys are away to Farsley Celtic Juniors in the second round of the West Riding County Saturday FA Cup. The following Saturday they are at Field in the League Cup and follow that with a trip to Stump Cross in the Albert Crabtree Halifax Cup.

“It was a real six pointer,” said Garbe.

“While we have slipped into mid-table they have dropped into the bottom three and that could have been us.

“Once we went one up there was a real steeliness about their performance.

“Quite a few players from the three squads attended Andy Taylor’s wedding while Mike Pearson phoned on Saturday morning to say he had a foot injury and so I only had 12 players.

“Damian Place who helped us out and it is a good job he did as Matty Roy came off with a broken metatarsel.

“I am just hoping Damian will make a comeback. He is popular around the dressing room and his calming nature was influential on seeing us take the three points.”

The reserves are away at Robin Hood Athletic Res (2.00) while the Huddersfield League Division Four side, who lost 9-2 against Royal Oak to face 3D Dynomos (2.15).

Brighouse Old Boys 1

Wetherby Athletic 0

West Yorkshire Premier League

Old Boys took the game to their opponents with centre-midfield pairing James Fletcher and Reece Bray regularly spreading the ball out to the flanks where Matty Roy and Jordan Hadden caused the Wetherby defence all sorts of problems.

It was no surprise when, after 20 minutes, a piercing long ball out to the right from Bray found Roy, who’s inch perfect cross found the unmarked Fletcher who expertly volleyed home.

Fletcher almost doubled the lead when his dipping, swerving free kick from 30 yards out bounced off the bar and out to safety.

The second half began with Wetherby, who now had an increasingly strong wind behind them, piling on the pressure, but the Old Boys back four of Joe Nalson, Andy Hall, Ian Brock and Luke Johnson held firm.

Old Boys ‘keeper Ben Briggs, standing in for the absent Jason Hibbert comfortably dealt with any crosses and half-chances and cleared the ball well against the strong wind.

Old Boys should have increased their lead when a good cross from substitute Jimmy Cummings on the right found the hard-working Alex Tait free on the back post, but his shot went agonisingly wide. Tom Gorringe then put Tait through but once again his shot was just wide.

Old Boys introduced Damian Place and his experience helped to steady the ship and enable the Old Boys to thoroughly earn their victory.

Leeds City Res 1

Brighouse Old Boy Res 0

West Yorkshire Alliance Division One

Old Boys’ reserves lost a close match by the one goal to title contenders Leeds City Reserves.

A shortage of available players left the locals with only 11 men but with a combination of clever tactics, a rigid four-five-one formation and a good tempo Brighouse stifled the opposition until the very last four minutes.

The sucker punch saw a Leeds City cross from the left elude the full back pairing of Johnny Conway and Will Tolley, plus centrebacks Glen Hall and Dave Conway, and the ball was put away at the back post.

Old Boys came off the pitch in a positive frame of mind and looking forward to the future challenges to come.

Best for them were Dave Conway, Will Tolley, Vaughan Wagstaff and Glen Hall with a promising start for debutant Jake Stewart.