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PLAYING the league leaders, away from home, having been beaten by them recently in a semi-final and with a much changed side due to holidays, the odds looked stacked against the Old Boys, but the final result did not reflect their positive performance.

On a big pitch and with only 11 men, Old Boys set their stall out and, after an initial flurry of attacks from Knaresborough, Jimmy Cummings, Martin Newham and Andy Taylor gripped hold of midfield, forming a platform for Calvin Lee and Peter Kuleckzko on the flanks.

Knaresborough were dangerous on the counter attack and twin centre backs Vaughan Wagstaff and Mark Barlow had their hands full.

Just before half-time Knaresborough open the scoring, when a breakaway on the right led to a low shot beating Ben Briggs.

Old Boys went out with a positive attitude to start the second half but lost out to a disputed goal when the Knaresborough centre forward tapped the ball in, standing in what appeared an offside position.

Old Boys did not give up. Pushing Newham forward to support Adam Williams in attack, they were unlucky not to get back into the game from chances by Lee and from a corner which ricocheted around the six yard box.

Knaresborough increased their lead after a long ball to eluded the defence. A simple cross and side-foot in followed.

Once again Brighouse replied, and with attacking fullbacks Alex Bembridge and Marko O’Boyle rampaging up the flanks, chances were created. The best was a 25-yard shot from Taylor which hit the post and then rebounded to Williams who just failed to put it away.