BRIGHOUSE Old Boys were in seventh heaven after their seventh consecutive win away at league leaders Robin Hood Athletic.
Both sides pressed hard and closed each other down in the early exhanges.
On 12 minutes the home side struck, when Robin Hood’s Gavin Crowther struck a free kick through the wall and past a despairing dive from ‘keeper Gareth Betts.
The visitors almsost equalised straight from the kick off, Matty Roy’s powerful drive just going wide.
The visitors’ defence of Mike Barlow, Joe Nelson, Andy Hall and Luke Johnson backed up by impeccable handling by Betts were in no mood to concede again.
The powerful running of Roy, Mike Pearson and Rob Kenny began to make inroads into the home defence.
The equaliser came after 25 minutes when Roy’s cross found Jimmy Cummings who struck it home from 10 yards.
There were no more real opportunities so the score remained level at half time.
In the second half the Old Boys took the game to the home side. Firstly fullback Barlow burst through and hit the side netting.
Then Kenny’s excellent cross found Pearson but his goalbound strike was saved by home ‘keeper Chris Brown.
From the resulting corner the ball fell to Fletcher but his shot was cleared off the line.
The Old Boys were finally rewarded after 65 minutes when Bray’s through ball found Pearson. He passed to Kenny who crashed it home.
The home side tried to break down a determined Old Boys side, their best chance falling to Crowther but his shot was well saved by Betts.
Despite looking in control at 2-1 the game was still in the balance so sub Paul Taylor was introduced and this paid dividends.
With 10 minutes left he broke down the right turning the home centre half before passing to Fletcher.
He laid the ball off to the oncoming Kenny who hit an unstoppable piledriver past a startled home ‘keeper Brown to make it 3-1 and secure a deserved victory.
It was an exciting match with a high standard of football from both sides helped by good refereeing from Nigel Bannister.
It was a terrific team performance from Brighouse Old Boys with every player contributing to a hard earned win against a team which has led the division all season.
Manager Phil Garbe was rightly pleased with the outcome and said: “This was a great result and fully deserved
“The lads were brilliant. I couldn’t have asked any more from them. They did Brighouse Old Boys proud.
“With 10 games to go we have plenty to play for and we are right in the promotion mix, so it’s just a case of following the old cliche of taking each game as it comes. Anything could happen.”