Old Boys make it lucky 13

Old Boys, in red, beat Baildon Trinity Athletic 2-1 in the WY league Division 1.' 'Image01 - Fullback Luke Johnson clearing
Old Boys, in red, beat Baildon Trinity Athletic 2-1 in the WY league Division 1.' 'Image01 - Fullback Luke Johnson clearing

AN expected straightforward win for Brighouse Old Boys turned out to be a struggle.

But the home side eventually ended up winning for the 13th consecutive time.

It was a positive start by the home side, midfielders Reece Bray, Damian Place and Jimmy Cummings gaining the upper hand, dictating the play and posing problems.

Chances came but were not taken. Calvin Lee on the left went close, captain James Fletcher’s free kick also went close and a shot from the edge of the area went over the bar.

Baildon were clever. Losing possession they put men behind the ball, cutting down the space and making it difficult for the Brighouse side.

Soon after the restart after a goalless first half, a Brighouse Old Boys set piece ended with centre back Lee Williams and the Baildon centre forward being sent off.

The game opened up and Baildon were first to exploit it and floated chip into the right hand corner of the net left keeper Jason Hibbert no chance.

A goal down to the bottom of the table team, Old Boys responded well and pushed Baildon back, and creating chances for themselves.

Fullbacks Joe Nelson and Luke Johnson exploited the open spaces on the flanks.

Fresh legs were brought on, James Coates replacing the injured Calvin Lee to spur the home team on.

Their attacking play finally paid off with two goals from set pieces.

The first came from a corner headed back into the danger zone by Johnson, Fletcher stooping low to equalise.

The second was from a free kick by Reece Bray, Johnson unselfishly crossing for centre back Andy Hall to lash it into the net.

Old Boys easily played out the remaining minutes and a Matty Roy 30-yard shot might have sealed it, but the ball hit both posts.