FRUSTRATION and more frustration has been the order of the day for Brighouse Old Boys club with further postponements for the first and second teams.
However, the thirds did play but Rob Moore’s Huddersfield League Division Four side may have wished they had plumped for a duvet day as they ended up losing 5-1 away to AFC Lindley.
The Lindley club, who have had pitch troubles themselves, have found a new home but are well behind with their fixtures.
They have played nine now and won all of them, although the Old Boys were playing well and still in it at half time as they trailed 2-1.
In their new environment after leaving the Halifax and District League in the summer, Moore’s boys won five of their first six games but have then hit a persistent indifferent patch and have slipped to mid-table.
Their 15-match first half fixtures read, won seven, drawn two and lost six and the manager is calling for them to re-group and give it a better shot in the second half of the season. They are without a fixture this Saturday.
The club’s first team is suffering the worst through postponements and they haven’t played a game since November 24.
“We can train all we like but there is no substitute for matches,” said manager Phil Garbe.
This Saturday they are down to play their West Riding County Cup third round tie with Ryburn United which has been postponed four times.
The game will definitely be at Hipperholme and Lighcliffe Sports Centre (1.30) as the tie has automatically been switched from their opponent’s Ripponden ground with so many postponements.
“Would you believe the gap since our last played fixture is longer than our close season was following the 2011-12 season,” added Garbe.
“It’s a big ask hoping all the players will be fit and have the legs to carry them through, but they are chomping at the bit so here’s hoping.”
The manager revealed his side was still in fifth place in the West Yorkshire League Premier Division despite the inactivity, having won seven, drawn two and lost four so far.
“We have 17 league games still to play and at least two cup ties, so it’s a really big ask between now and May, but I expect the players who are real honest lads to respond well to the challenge.”
The Old Boys’ reserve team are down to play Oxenhope Recreation Res at home (1.30) in the Alliance League’s cup competition but the Oxenhope v Silsden West Riding County Trophy tie was postponed last week and that re-arranged game could well take preference.
Manager Chris Wadsworth would be left without a fixture as he was last weekend and is desperate to keep the wheels turning as a form side after a mixed start to the campaign.
They have moved out of the relegation zone in Division One after winning four of their last five matches and now sit seventh in the table, which has 14 clubs.
“We had hoped to hit the second half of the season running as the confidence was really building but the weather and ground conditions has been a big downer for us,” said Wadsworth.