EXTENDING their winning league run to a club record of 11, Brighouse Old Boys came away from high flying Robin Hood with a well deserved victory.
The win also moved thejm up into second place in the table as their drive for promotion continued.
In a somewhat feisty encounter, Robin Hood set out their stall early trying to disrupt the smooth passing game of the Brighouse team.
Not allowing Old Boys any space and time on the ball, aggressive in the tackle, restricting the options for the midfield trio of Reece Bray, Damian Place and Jimmy Cummings to play their expansive passing game was the plan.
This worked well for the first 20 minutes, Robin Hood taking the initiative, out-competing Old Boys in attack and defence and causing problems for the back four of Joe Nelson, Lee Williams, Andy Hall and Luke Johnson.
It was the home team who opened the scoring. Employing the long ball game, Robin Hood evaded the Old Boys’ centre-back pairing, possibly offside but the game continued, and Hood’s centre forward placed the ball past the despairing clutches of Jason Hibbert.
Perhaps last year Old Boys would have wilted but, this year, with the confidence of their recent dazzling sequence of victories they showed their mettle.
Within five minutes they got back into the game with an equalising goal.
Fortuitous at the start, the home team keeper slipping and miss-kicking the ball straight to forward Rob Kenny.
The fhe finish though was clinical, Kenny taking the ball round two men before smashing the ball into the net with his left foot.
It was all to play for and, on a big pitch, Old Boys started to take charge of the spaces created by their clever movement.
This was exploited by the forward trio of Kenny, captain James Fletcher and skilful Matty Roy on the left.
Fletcher was awesome, winning the majority of headers against the towering Hood centre-back pairing, tackling back to regain possession, putting his foot in where it hurts and setting an example for the team to follow.
He fully deserved his man of the match award.
Kenny once again came close, a shot from an acute angle just passing the left hand post.
Robin Hood responded to the Old Boys by raising the physicality, some tackles bordering on the illegal designed to upset the pattern of play forced on them by their skilful opponents and worried by the way the game was going.
There was another clash, another fracas, and a Robin Hood player was rightfully spoken to by the referee.
Robin Hood’s game plan relied on a level of fitness they were not able to maintain, and they were becoming more and more vulnerable.
At half-time the Brighouse team were exhorted to keep their calm, concentrate on their own game and let the referee handle any issues that arose.
In the second half the game was evenly balanced but Old Boys were looking the more dangerous on the attack.
A number of attacks fizzled out but then came the breakthrough.
Once again Fletcher, dominant in the air, heading the ball across to Kenny who was waiting to pounce on the left- edge of the six-yard box.
Kenny skilfully placed the header, the ball floating over the hands of the Robin Hood keeper into the far corner of the net.
Robin Hood did not give up and, putting fresh legs on, came back strongly at Brighouse.
Brighouse had to defend in numbers and a couple of times came close to conceding an equaliser.
The first, a shot at pointblank range, was athletically tipped over by the impressive Hibbert.
The second was a cross which dribbled across the six-yard box, coming off the left hand post and out for a goal kick.
With five minutes to go, Roy was substituted for Peter Kuleczko, to provide a bit of extra pace to challenge the home side’s back four.
At the final whistle Old Boys came away with the spoils and moved up to second in the table.
West Yorkshire League
P W D L GD Pts
Kippax 24 18 2 4 46 56
Brighouse OB 22 16 2 4 22 50
Rothwell 20 16 0 4 39 48
Robin Hood Ath 23 15 3 5 21 48
Ilkley Town 25 10 4 11 -2 34
FC RIASA 21 9 3 9 1 30
Rothwell Athletic 26 8 6 12 -6 30
Wyke Wanderers 20 8 5 7 1 29
Horbury Town 24 8 5 11 -4 29
Old Centralians 24 8 3 13 -8 27
Old Headingley 22 7 5 10 3 26
Mount St. Mary’s 24 6 8 10 -12 26
Swillington Saints 22 7 4 11 -8 25
Kellingley Welfare 24 6 7 11 -25 25
Aberford Albion 25 4 6 15 -30 18
Baildon Trinity 20 5 1 14 -38 16