In their penultimate West Yorkshire League Premier Division fixture Brighouse Old Boys title-chasing Carlton scored two late goals to snatch victory.
Old Boys were in no mood to sit back and just make up the numbers especially after a great run of results of late, winning the last six on the bounce.
It was Old Boys who threatened from the first whistle with their midfield dominating with old stalwart Damian Place and young gun Jake Broadbent causing all kinds of trouble for Carlton.
With Peter Kulekzo on the right and Calvin Lee on the left countless attacks followed, and the pressure paid off when Richard Heins forced the keeper into a mistake and slotted into an empty net.
Old Boys quickly added a second when Broadbent picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box and fired a unstoppable shot into the net. Old Boys were now rampant and should have gone three up but the dominant Matt Richardson missed from close range.
Carlton knew they were in a game and a silly free-kick gave them a chance in the second minute of injury time with Eley shooting in. Old Boys didn’t even get chance to restart as the referee blew for half-time, and this was a hammer blow for Old Boys after completely dominating the first half.
The second half saw Carlton up the stakes, putting Old Boys under pressure a lot more but Lee Williams standing in goals pulled off a couple of good saves. Carlton were then awarded a disputed penalty but justice was done as Eley smashed against the bar.
Carlton pulled level with 15 minutes to go from a quickly-taken free-kick.
Just as it seemed a draw would be a fair result a deflection from a corner fell into the six yard box and was hit into the top corner of the net.
Old Boys manager Kim Farrand said he was proud of the way his team had responded in recent weeks, with their run of form taking them up to eighth.
“It shows we can compete with the top sides and it is only small margins that are the difference,” he said.
“This Saturday is the last game and we are home to Robin Hood and a win will see us finish a respectable seventh.
“This would be the club’s highest-placing since coming into the top flight. It is a shame we left it a bit late to hit top form but the signs are there and with new arrivals for next season who knows how far we can go.”
Tomorrow week the Brighouse Old Boys club will be holding their annual prize and presentation evening at Lightcliffe Golf Club.
Former player and club chairman Doug Tait is hoping to have the former Huddersfield Town Academy manager and caretaker manager on several occasions, Mark Lillis as his chief guest.
Specsaver franchise in Halifax town centre I thoroughly enjoyed the Shaymen’s big day and will, along with other backers, do all I can to see them back in the National League.”
Brighouse Town Girls section held a tournament at the weekend which went down a treat. Town are currently recruiting for their Year 2 and 3 team for the 2016-17 season. Training is Wednesdays at 6pm at St Giles Road stadium. Contact the club on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07449 342651.