THE records go on being beaten but behind the statistics, a lot of good preparation and hard work necessary to maintain their push for promotion.
It was in October last year that Brighouse Old Boys last lost a league fixture.
The latest victory against the youthful FC RAISA, following the midweek 3-2 away win over Wyke Wanderers, saw the visitors in the match until the very end.
It was a close finish but Old Boys came out on top by the odd goal to go to the top of the league and complete 17 wins in a row.
Old Boys took the game to RAISA, with the midfield trio of Damian Place, Jimmy Cummings and Andy Burton prompting, probing and teasing the visiting defenders with their passing skills setting up chances for the home team’s front three.
At the back, Old Boys, in the centreback pairing of Ian Brock and Andy Hall have a combination of pace and aerial prowess which opponents find hard to break down,
Rob Kenny, the club’s leading scorer turned provider for the breakthrough.
A Cummings through ball enabled Kenny’s pace to take him away and pe put in a low cross into the six yard box where, left winger Calvin Lee controlled the ball and stroked it into the right of the net.
It was Lee’s last contribution to the match, a re-occurring leg injury forcing him off five minutes later to be replaced by the pace of Peter Kuleczko.
Kenny also came off, like Lee an old leg injury flaring up, so as a precautionary substitution, Old Boys wanting to save his skill for the last two matches of the season, brought on replacement James Coates into the attack.
The second half started in a similar pattern, the initiative with Old Boys.
Man of the match Place and Cummings were particularly influential.
RAISA were pushing forward, leaving gaps in their midfield which the fullback pairing of Luke Johnson on the left and Joe Nelson on the right were exploiting.
Johnson was at his best, creative and incisive going forward, powerful and pacy in defence, and it was a rare occasion when RIASA got past the ebullient left back.
On the other side, the cultured Nelson, with one of the best first touches in the team, threatened the heart of the left hand side of the away team defence, setting up chances for the Old Boys forwards.
Chances came and went, the best one after 20 minutes of the second half when Johnson crossed from the left along the goal line but nobody could get a touch to put it in.
Nelson crossed from the right finding Cumming alone on the penalty spot, the resultant volley finding the keeper and not the back of the net.
Shots rained in on the RIASA goal; Burton’s power drives and Cummings’ long distance efforts just falling wide of the mark.
Expertly playing down the clock, Old Boys survived winning by the single goal scored in the first half.
They now need one point for promotion with two remaining games.