Garbe hoping for major upturn in the weather as fixture chaos beckons

Should Brighouse Old Boys’ home West Yorkshire League Premier Division game with Whitkirk Wanderers on Saturday (2.00) be postponed, then with the prospect of two more weekends of cup action it will be November 24 since they last played a league game.

“A week on Saturday we are at home to Bardsey in the quarter finals of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup and the week after we are scheduled to be at home to Midgley United in the quarter finals of the Albert Crabtree Halifax and District Cup,” revealed manager Phil Garbe.

“This now means after studying the fixture list that providing we get those ties in we have just 13 Saturdays left to play 17 league games. Win either of those ties to progress to the semi-finals and we have even less Saturday dates.

“I can see us playing three games a week and that becomes a real nightmare travelling at teatime.

“In order to combat the inactivity once more we have again gone this week with boxing training at the Treadmill Gym in Holmfield. The lads enjoyed it last week and were even sparring on the pads with their resident boxing coach, who is very good.

“They were coming in on their opponent from different angles and it is great for fitness.

“They also have a soft cushioned court for five-a-side football and I was looking to book this should the Whitkirk game fall to the elements.”

Good news for Garbe was the impending comeback of centre back Sam Ferguson.

Out for well over 12 months with a ruptured cruciate knee injury, the Manxman is set to commence training after an operation and recuperation

Old Boys reserves are at Whitkirk Wanders on Saturday and the Huddersfield League Division Four team at Aimsbury.