Master stroke keeps race open

Brighouse OB'' 'Image06 ' Jimmy Cummings shooting
Brighouse OB'' 'Image06 ' Jimmy Cummings shooting

GOING into the club’s two-week festive break yesterday, Brighouse Old Boys manager Phil Garbe was eulogising over his side’s victory last Saturday over the league leaders Rothwell.

“What a fantastic win, although I really expected it the way we have been playing,” he boomed.

“They did us proud and put us right into the West Yorkshire Division One promotion race and it shows the opposition we are not messing around we mean business. We are equal second on points with Kippax but placed third on goal difference.

“Rothwell still have a seven point lead and we have all played the same number of games but going into last month the leaders had a 15 point gap between themselves and second place.

“Right now with all the second half of the season to play for goal difference is irrelevant as I am sure we will keep it tight at the back and also put quite a few goals in the net starting on January 7.”

Garbe revealed that the game with Rothwell nearly didn’t go ahead at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe HS Sports Centre as at 9.30am after overnight frost the pitch was solid.

“The sports centre know the West Yorkshire League like to leave ground conditions as late as possible and the referee was local so he came up at 11am to meet my assistant Julian Prior and me and said it was easing.

“He said the game was on and by the 2pm kick off time it was pretty spot on although there were one or two little hard places!

“I gave a start to Ross Smith over here for five weeks from America and a former player for me at Brighouse Juniors and in my U-15 double winning Clifton Rangers U-15 side.

“Quite a master stroke as he got the vital winning goal for us. He goes back in mid-January so might just get another two games in for us.

“I have to emphasise again that in my 4-3-3 system Jimmy Cummings, Damien Place and James Fletcher are really firing on all cylinders and creating so much. It’s difficult to see us losing too many with them in the side,

“I also moved Reece Bray back from midfield to centre back with our injury crisis and he has really blossomed there alongside Andy Hall. They performed so well that keeper Jason Hibbert had a quiet afternoon

“More good news came on Tuesday night at training when Rob Kenny resumed training after his double hernia operation and Matty Roy also resumed light duties after his ligament injury.”

The players for all three sides now have a break until training resumes on Tuesday, January 3.