Hanging on after hitting five goals

IN a positive display of attacking football, Old Boys staved off the gutsy challenge of their hosts.

Starting off with pace, Old Boys’ intricate short passing game caught the Kellingley defence flat footed.

With Adam Williams, Jimmy Cummings and Reece Bray dominating possession in midfield, at times, the home team defence was being sliced apart by the clever movement of forwards Calvin Lee, Matty Roy and captain James Fletcher.

On the attack, Kellingley’s long ball game, was being mopped up by centre backs Lee Williams and Andy Hall and with the attacking prowess of fullbacks Joe Nelson and the excellent Luke Johnson the omens were looking good for the Brighouse side.

Lee on the right had achance saved by the Kellingley keeper, but after 20 minutes he opened the score.

A slick through ball from Fletcher left Lee with just the keeper to beat.

Skillfully he looped the ball over the advancing keeper.

The second soon followed, once again Lee causing the problems on the right.

His shot was parried by the keeper to Fletcher who sidefooted the ball home.

Completely overrun in this phase of the game, Kellingley’s sporadic attacks were snuffed out by the Brighouse defence.

On the rare occasions they got through, the ball was mopped up by Jason Hibbert in the Old Boys’ goal.

The visitors’ third was scored 10 minutes before half time.

A quick break followed by a shot from the edge of the area, was accurately placed past the keeper by Cummings.

Cruising at 3 - 0, Old Boys lowered their guard and just before half-time Kellingley opened their account when a cross from the right was put away.

The first 15 minutes of the second half proved to be the deciding phase of the match with Old Boys adding two goals with no reply from Kellingley.

The first, after a clever move on the left by Roy, was put away by Fletcher, the ball glancing off a Kellingley defender before dribbling into the net.

The second, the goal of the game, came with a high clearance from Kellingley, expertly judged by Cummings, who volleyed the ball home.

At 5-1 Old Boys were cruising but Kellingley’s did not give up and fresh legs plus perhaps the visitors relaxing, allowed them back into the game.

Old Boys put their subs on, James Coates, Rob Kenny and Peter Kuleczko replacing Williams, Roy and Fletcher.

Hibbert had to be at his best to halt the Kellingley forwards who pressurised the back four but failed to break through until the last 10 minutes.

They scored twice, one directly from a corner, the other a header from a free kick.

However, the comeback was too late and Old Boys ran out deserved winners to continue their assault on the league title.