Winning run comes to end

BRIGHOUSE Old Boys’ seven-game winning run came to an end at Swillington.

The home side are one of six teams battling to avoid relegation. They adopted a defensive line-up making it difficult to break them down.

The Old Boys dominated the possession with captain James Fletcher, Jimmy Cummings and Reece Bray bossing the midfield.

Wingers Rob Kenny and Matty Roy were seeing plenty of the ball supported by the strong running of fullbacks Luke Johnson and Mike Barlow.

The best chance of the half fell to Bray after good link-up play between Roy and Kenny, but his drive went over the bar.

Swillington were relying on a breakaways but these were being easily dealt with by centre backs Andy Hall and Joe Nelson and Old Boys’ keeper Gareth Betts was virtually a spectator as the score remained goalless at half time.

The second half was a repeat of the first with the Old Boys applying the pressure. The first chance fell to Paul Taylor but his shot was well saved by Matthew Lonerhan.

Then Cummings, Fletcher and Barlow all had shots that just went wide and Johnson’s drive struck the bar.

Sub Mike Pearson’s lay-off to Kenny almost made the breakthrough but his shot hit the post.

With 20 minutes left the game turned somewhat controversially, after a breakaway by Liam Walton.

He forced a corner and as he took it, the referee blew his whistle. Both sides stopped but the ball sailed into the corner and the goal was given.

Sub Pete Kuleczko began to cause problems with his pace and when he burst through he was hauled down in the area but play was waved on.

With the visitors pushing men forward they were caught again with another break from Walton, his pass finding Jonathan Walsh to fire home from close range.

The Old Boys kept battling and reduced the arrears when Johnson’s cross was headed home by sub Lee Williams, but it was too little too late.