Brighouse Old Boys benefitted from a switch home turf to serve a heavy defeat on Sowerby Bridge.
The match was due to be played at Sowerby Bridge, but with both teams’ pitches being waterlogged, it was switched on the artificial 3G pitch at Lightcliffe Academy.
The first half began with the Old Boys keeping possession of the ball well, but failing to break down the well-marshalled Sowerby Bridge defence.
On the half-hour mark, somewhat against the run of play the Old Boys went ahead with a wonder goal from Richard Heins. Jimmy Cummings won the ball in midfield and threaded a good pass through to Heins. The striker then expertly turned his marker and hit an unstoppable shot from 25 yards. It was a lead Old Boys would retain until the break.
After another scare at the start of the second half, Old Boys stirred into life and during the next 15 minutes they increased their lead to 4-0.
Firstly, Curtis made up for his missed opportunity by firing home from close range. Then the same player expertly hooked the ball into the roof of the net from a cross by Elliot Fris before left-back Jake Broadbent went on a run from his own half before playing the ball to Matt Richardson, who returned the ball to Broadbent for him to fire the into the far corner of the net.
To their credit, Sowerby Bridge continued to play some good football right to the end, but it was left to Curtis to complete the scoring with his hat-trick goal in the last few minutes.
This win puts the Old Boys into the quarter final of the cup that they won three seasons since.
The Old Boys fixtures this week sees the first team playing their twice-postponed West Riding County Cup tie against Alwoodley. Although officially an Old Boys home tie, both managers have agreed to play on either team’s pitch or on the 3G pitch if available.
The reserves will once again attempt to fulfil their away match with Oxenhope Reserves which was postponed last week.