Impressive Old Boys march on after sinking Farsley in knockout

Brighouse Old Boys Reserves striker  Suleman Rafiq
Brighouse Old Boys Reserves striker Suleman Rafiq

Continuing their winning run, Brighouse Old Boys overcame their Yorkshire Amateur League opponents.

In a wind effected game, Old Boys had the elements in their favour in the first half but didn’t really exploit the conditions.

Driving forward, Reece Bray and Tom Gorringe were prominent in midfield, and they made sure their side had the possession but didn’t really create enough.

Chances were few and far between for forwards Mike Pearson and Alex Tait.

At the other end, the quick counter attacks by Farsley were troubling but not threatening, and the assured defending of centrebacks Ian Brock and Andy Hall, plus fullbacks Joe Nalson and Luke Johnson keept them out. Old Boys keeper Jason Hibbert was rarely called into action.

Towards the end of the first half the home team started to take control, and the instant control and piercing runs of James Fletcher and Jimmy Cummings on the flanks cutting deep into the heart of the Farsley defence.

The first goal came via a set piece, a corner taken by Cummings on the left hand side. The Brighouse side’s corners were causing Farsley problems, dipping and swerving helped by the wind into the face of the away team keeper.

Old Boys were unlucky not to score with a couple from Fletcher on the right, and this time Cummings curled the ball in and it flew straight into the top right hand corner of the net.

A few minutes later Old Boys doubled their lead, Fletcher forcing the ball over the line again after good work by Cummings on the right.

After the turnaround the game for Old Boys was different. The strengthening wind was difficult but manageable, as the Old Boys were getting back into shape quickly, hunting in packs in midfield, not allowing Farsley the space or opportunity to take advantage of the windy conditions.

Slowing the game down and keeping possession, Farsley were unable to get the ball back, and the clever and mature play by Gorringe and Bray denying the away team any significant chances in the second half.

A change was made, for fresh legs and to assist the tight grip that the hosts had in the midfield. James Coates replaced Tait, playing in the hole behind Pearson up front.

Coates’s strong running shored up the defensive display, and chances for the away team snuffed out before getting close to the home team goal. On the break, with Nalson and Johnson complementing Cummings and Fletcher on the flanks, Old Boys looked dangerous and towards the end they sealed the tie with a third and final goal.

Attacking on the left, Johnson slid the ball through to Coates who finished with his left foot, the goalkeeper having no chance as the ball flew into the top corner of the net.

So an assured performance from the team from Brighouse, overcoming difficult conditions, a potential banana skin negated by a confident display that bodes well for future games in the cup competition.

Brighouse Old Boys 3

Farsley Celtic Juniors 0

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