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Brighouse Old Boys, in red, beat Ilkley Town 2-1 at home yesterday in the WY Div 1. ' Old Boys, in red, beat Ilkley Town 2-1 at home yesterday in the WY Div 1. ''Image02 ' Fullback Andy Burton heading clear
Brighouse Old Boys, in red, beat Ilkley Town 2-1 at home yesterday in the WY Div 1. ' Old Boys, in red, beat Ilkley Town 2-1 at home yesterday in the WY Div 1. ''Image02 ' Fullback Andy Burton heading clear

THE winning sequence goes on for Brighouse Old Boys.

With a number of regulars missing, they struggled for the first half hour, although they were unlucky in the first five minutes when a well placed shot from centre forward Martin Newham hit the post.

A lapse of attention in the Old Boys defence led to the first goal.

A corner from the right was not properly cleared and the ball fell to an unmarked forward, who lashed it into the net,

Old Boys’ heads did not go down and gradually there was more venom in their tackles and they got better at retaining possession.

Calvin Lee on the left wing and Jimmy Cummings raiding on the right were slowly prising open Ilkley’s defence, but shots were going wide and high, until Rob Kenny, Brighouse Old Boys’ leading goal scorer, took charge.

He popped up on the edge of the six yard box, accurately anticipating the play.

In the second half Cummings was pushed back into the holding role to mop up the play just in front of the defence and it meant Hibbert was hardly troubled in the home net.

With this change the centre half combination of Andy Hall and Lee Williams also had extra cover and halted Ilkley forays with ease.

Fullbacks Andy Burton and Luke Johnson were also getting a foothold on the game, employing their attacking skills to great effect.

Even with all this possession and play, it was difficult to see where a goal was coming from.

Lee’s leg injury once again flared up and he was replaced by pace man Peter Kuleczko on the right hand side.

He had an immediate effect and after five minutes Old Boys finally managed to force open the Ilkley back four.

Good play in midfield allowed Kuleczko to get the ball on the right and an accurate cross found Kenny again lurking on the edge of the six yard box.

With a precisely placed header, which flew past the keeper’s left hand Old Boys took the lead much to the relief of the team and home side management.

From then Old Boys retained their dominance,

Glen Lee came on to firm up the midfield, and they played out the rest of the match without any danger.

Fifteen league wins in a row is a club record, but Old Boys need to concentrate on the run-in and the prospect of promotion.