OLD Boys bowed out of the League Cup at the first hurdle following defeat at the hands of lower-ranked opposition.
Brighouse started slowly on a small, sloping pitch with Modernians winning the majority of first and second balls. They were quick to press when Brighouse had possession and quick on the break when the ball was at their feet.
A mixture of clever use of the cramped space due to the pitch dimensions and positive attitude did not allow the normal expansive game of Brighouse to come to the fore.
James Fletcher and Jimmy Cummings weren’t allowed the time in centre midfield to exploit the pace of Andy Burton and Tom Gorringe on the wings while Rob Kenny up front was denied the quality possession that usually comes his way.
Old Modernians played the long ball game which meant the centre back pairing of Andy Hall and Ian Brock and fullbacks Luke Johnson and Joe Nelson had their hands full
Brighouse finally settled and forced a series of four corners in succession before they were hit by a sucker punch from a set piece, the ball deflecting in off a defender.
Brighouse responded well but again couldn’t create any significant chances. They were further punished when the Modernia’s keeper punted the ball up field and the lively centre forward brought the ball under control, took it round a Brighouse defender and placed a powerful shot into the bottom right hand corner.
Brighouse adopted a 4-3-3 formation for the second half and this seemed to have the desired effect with the visitors becoming more of an attacking force. However, although they were gaining a greater proportion of the possession there was no end product.
Modernians looked dangerous on the break and ‘keeper Jason Hibbert was tested on a few occasions. The only real chance for Brighouse was a shot by Kenny from the edge of the area which was turned round the post.
Mike Pearson came on for Calvin Lee and Peter Kuleczko for fullback Joe Nelson with Brighouse moving to a 3-4-3 formation.
However, it was to no avail, as Modernians played down the clock to secure a deserved victory.
Old Modernians 2
Brighouse Old Boys 0
West Yorkshire League Cup - First Round
Six of the best as second string run riot at ‘Bridge
BRIGHOUSE Old Boys Reserves enjoyed their best win of the season when scoring six goals for the second week running, the highlight being an excellent hat trick for Lee Burgess making his league debut after his transfer from Fields.
The home side made their intentions clear from the start, attacking their visitors down the flanks with fullbacks Jonny Conway and Graeme Tait linking up purposefully with their respective wingers Mitch Hirst and Steve Ashford.
The first goal came after 20 minutes when Suleman Rafiq, also on his debut, and Burgess closed down the defenders, the latter intercepting a back pass and firing the ball home past ‘keeper Liam Corbett from the edge of the area.
The second followed on the half hour mark when Vaughan Wagstaff met Adam Williams’ corner to head the ball powerfully into the goal.
Damian Place and Williams were running the show and Brighouse added a third when Ashford was on hand to force the ball home after Williams’ shot had come back off the bar.
Boroughbridge had their best chance to pull a goal back from a corner but Hirst was on hand to clear off the line. Back came Brighouse and on the stroke of half time Hirst turned provider with an excellent through ball to Rafiq who broke free before finishing in style.
Boroughbridge came out with more attacking intent but captain Lee Wlliams and Wagstaff were dominant at the back and ‘keeper Gareth Betts commanded his area.
Brighouse were always dangerous, Burgess hitting a post while Corbett made a number of good saves.
The visitors were unlucky when a 25 yard shot hit the bar but this seemed to spur the home side on with Michael Wadsworth being introduced to replace a tiring Tait.
Brighouse stepped up the pace and,following a superb flowing move, Rafiq’s pass found Burgess who swept the ball home.
He then completed a well deserved hat trick after the visitors cleared yet another corner, the ball falling to Place and his pin point pass found Wagstaff who moved the ball expertly to Burgess who placed the ball accurately into the corner of the net.
Brighouse Old Boys Res 6
Boroughbridge Res 0
West Yorkshire League Alliance Division One