A West Riding Challenge Trophy second round tie at AFC Horsforth Reserves was a game that Brighouse Old Boys Reserves should have won comfortably before half-time but in the end they got through by winning on penalties.
Despite missing a number of regulars due to first team call ups they dominated the home team from the off, Martin Newham and Warren Phillips were controlling the centre of midfield, with the pace of Kris Nalson and Pete Kuleczko creating holes in the home defence. But they came against a home ‘keeper in Lewis Firth who was in outstanding form, making brilliant saves from Paul Taylor and Greg Byram.
With two minutes to go Old Boys thought they had scored the winner when the home ‘keeper made his first mistake when dropping the ball onto Dan Addy’s, with back the ball ended up in the net, but the young referee ruled the goal out for a foul on the goalkeeper.
Against the run of play the home side took the lead through Kirk Widdingham.
Credit to the Old Boys, they just kept coming and took the game to penalties when Newham’s superb strike brought the teams level.
The Old Boys won the penalty shoot-out comfortably, Langley, Tait, Addy, and Conway all scoring with the home side only managing one in reply with the Old Boys keeper making some good saves.