BRIGHOUSE Old Boys need just one point from two games remaining to ensure they are promoted to the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League.
This would be a tremendous feat by the players, winning two promotions in three seasons and a testimony to the coaching and management skills of manager Phil Garbe, Julian Prior and Chris Wadsworth.
The gaining of that point after the victories over Wyke Wanderers last Wednesday and then FA RIASA on the Saturday is now on hold until they entertain Old Headingley at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe HS on Wednesday, May 2 (6.30pm).
If they were to surrender their 17-game winning run that night, then they would have to wait until the Saturday to take on fellow top four Division One side Kippax on their ground.
“One game at a time and we need to ensure we complete a three-week double over Old Headingley who we beat on their pitch 4-1 and then we can go and enjoy ourselves at Kippax, “said Garbe.
“Despite our great run, it’s the early part of the season that has cost us the Championship but I will take promotion.
“Rothwell FC have two games in hand over us and I doubt they will slip up, but one never knows in the amateur game if they have cricket and holiday calls on top of injuries.
“The midweek Wyke victory in absolutely horrendous conditions was a real nail-biter and it had its fair share of contencious decisions,” he said.
“The game was okay to start but the referee could easily have abandoned it just into the second half. We soon went one up through Rob Kenny, they equalised with a questionable penalty before Kenny did the business again before half-time with a great header off a Jimmy Cummings cross.
“They levelled into the second half from another penalty after keeper Jason Hibbert went to smother the ball on the greasy surface and clipped their striker.
Martin Newham bagged the winner from close range but there was another twist to come which could have seen us sharing the points.
“It was almost pitch black and the rain was coming down as we entered the last few seconds and a Wyke player burst through and met a cross to head home.
“However, the referee blew and gave us a free kick, which was a mighty relief,” he said
He has called a training session for Saturday after cancelling training this week.
“We will enjoy the get together on the 3G pitch at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe and then assemble at the same venue on Wednesday at 5.30pm in readiness for our big match an hour later,” said Garbe.
The club’s second team with two great high scoring victories in the Alliance Division One have climbed off the foot of the table to fourth and now travel on Saturday to Old Headingley Res (2.30pm).
A win should go along way to making them safe for next season as they now have 31 points and with two more games after that to play, Wetherby Reserves at home on Saturday week and then away to Robin Hood Reserves.
The third team finished their Halifax League Division One fixtures last Saturday, losing 6-1 to Mixenden Utd.
However, manager Rob Moore is pleased with the way the youngsters stuck to their task in completing the season and looks forward to bouncing back next term in whatever division they are placed in.
This Saturday evening they are going to enjoy a night out in Sowerby Bridge to reflect on the season and look forward to next.