‘We cannot afford to be complacent’ is message

Old Boys reserves against Ripon City Res in WY Alliance Div 1. Old Boys, in red, won 3-1.' ' ' midfielder, Martin Newham.
Old Boys reserves against Ripon City Res in WY Alliance Div 1. Old Boys, in red, won 3-1.' ' ' midfielder, Martin Newham.

ALL three of Brighouse Old Boys teams fell foul of the keen frost overnight last Friday but the first team were advised to travel to Stanley’s north Wakefield ground for a referee’s inspection which proved fruitless.

“It was the right decision in the end as there was a strip down one side quite hard and the goalmouths were similar,” said manager Phil Garbe.

“The second team had a home cup tie at Hipperholme against Otley Town Reserves kicking off at 1.30pm.

“They didn’t stand a chance letting it have another two hours as they had to make a mid-morning decision with Otley having to travel for the early kick off.

“Our third team was also at home and while one half of their pitch was fit, the other in the shadow all morning was rock hard.”

On Saturday the first team are at home to Horbury Town (2pm) whom they beat 6-2 at their ground in early December.

Garbe said: “They are a mid-table side and we should not read too much into that convincing win and so once again in the dressing rooom I will be preaching all about complacency.

“I will have plenty of pl;ayers to choose from and while I would have had to play Lee Williams and Adam Williams last week owing to cup tie registrations, I will let them run with the reserves this week as they need match fitness.

“Regards Martin Newham, who was the only regular first team player who could have played in the cup tie for the reserves last week, I will be including him in the squad for the game with Horbury.

“The reserves, who are away to fourth-placed Leeds City Reserves in Alliance Division One, have been docked three points over an administration error.

“The player concerned is Charlie McMoran who played in the 5-2 win over East End Park Reserves earlier in the season but, although a player for us last season and before that, had signed for a Halifax League club.

“Manager Chris Wadsworth wasn’t available that day and my assistant Julian Prior took the team and genuinely thought he was signed on with us.

“It has only just surfaced and we were shocked over our genuine clerical error and pleaded this to the league and that we were in no way playing a ringer.

“However they have deducted the three points and this has placed us now second from bottom.

“Let’s hope on Saturday that Chris and the boys can bounce back and this is a wake up call to climb the division and away from relegation fears,” said Garbe.

With plenty of players available this week, Garbe expects quite a few to filter down and strengthen manager Rob Moore’s Halifax League Division One team who are away to Salem (2.15pm).

l NO games were played in the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League for the second week running, this time due to frost.

Forthcoming fixtures for Sunday are - Division One (11am KO): Queens Head v Sun Inn (Savile Park), Hollins Holme v Old Pond (Hebden Bridge), Thornhill Briggs v Elland Sports Res (Hipperholme and Lightcliffe HS).

Division Two (11am KO): Stubbing Wharf v Triangle (Savile Park), Rastrick Bowling Club v Greetland Goldstars (Carr Gree Rec), Top Club v King Cross CB & AC Res (Lane Head).