Brighouse Old Boys manager Phil Garbe says team spirit and the desire to win has rekindled in his squad ahead of Saturday week’s Albert Crabtree Halifax & District FA Cup semi-final with Shelf United.
Last Saturday’s good win over Kippax, on top of the victory over Whitkirk Wanderers, has put the squad in good heart for Saturday’s trip to Ripon City.
“I have revised my target and from a pre-season top six I am looking for a strong finish to see us well in the top half,” said Garbe.
“It was great to see Rob Kenny back in action for the last 30 minutes last week after he has been troubled all season with a groin problem.
“Also the return of Alex Tait from a niggling ankle injuy who played almost 90 minutes last week and reported no problem.
“I gave a debut to Jake Stewart oon the right of my 4-3-3 formation with an instruction to also work back, and he had a great game although he was very nervous at the off.”
Ripon, who had a great start to the season, have suffered indifferent form of late and are now in seventh place and a victory could put Old Boys one place behind them and with a game in hand.
“I will once again be fielding a strong side despite being without centre back Sam Ferguson as I have experienced Ian Brock available and Luke Johnson,” added Garbe.
After their superb Alliance League Cup quarter final win over Wetherby Athletic, Old Boys Reserves have drawn Whitkirk Wanderers in their semi final tie, which will be played midweek on a neutral ground.
This Saturday the reserves are at home to bottom of the table East End Park Res (2.30) but manager Chris Wadsworth wants his charges taking no notice of that fact.
The club’s Huddersfield League Division Four side have no game this weekend but last Saturday they continued their improved form with a 2-2 away draw at Brow United.
Phil Garbe has been invited by Brighouse Juniors FC U16 coach Chris Pickles to take a training and coaching session with his boys ahead of them moving up to U-17 level next term.
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Brighouse were pushed back by the forceful play of their opponents early on with Jason Hibbert in the Brighouse goal being called into action on a number of occasions.
Kippax took the lead following a neat move on the right.
Brighouse responded and the game swung in favour of the home team.
The equaliser came 10 minutes before half time when a pinpoint through ball from centreback Sam Ferguson found Alex Tait on the break and his cross -cum-shot found Mike Pearson on the back post who had the simple job of sidefooting it in.
Kippax piled bodies forward in the second half but it was Brighouse who went ahead when, from a free kick on the left hand side of the box, a clever chip by Reece Bray to the back post saw a Kippax defender headed into his own net.
Substitutions were made with a welcome return for Rob Kenny and James Coates ,the combination of the two leading to the third and final goal.
Kenny was found by Gorringe on the left wing. Trapping it on his chest Kenny, in one movement turned and played a precise 40 yard ball to Coates on the far side of the penalty area and he drilled the ball into the far corner of the net giving the stranded Kippax ‘keeper no chance.