BRIGHOUSE Old Boys bounced back in to action in great syle last Saturday after their long lay-off, putting five goals past Ryburn United to move into the last 16 of the West Riding FA County Cup for the first time in their history.
“We had no directive from the FA about moving the tie to our ground so we went to Ripponden and I must give credit to Eric Walker and his colleagues for they had done a great job on the pitch,” said Old Boys manager Phil Garbe.
“There was the odd heavy area but it didn’t affect our play which was superb despite the long lay off and we played at a good tempo.
“We really went at them, just had too much pace for their guys at the back and in the end won comfortably.
“While Lee Burgess didn’t score for once, his play led to four assists and he even won the free kick that a goal resulted from.
“Skipper James Fletcher was superb in midfield but I had to bring him off for a groin strain and both
“Jimmy Cummings and Tom Gorringe did ever so well, with the latter now showing the form we know he is capable of.”
The Old Boys roll straight into their last 16 tie on Saturday away to Marsden (1.00) and Garbe is expecting a real tough one against the West Riding CAL Premier Division side.
He could have former Emley centre back Ian Brock available for selection after he returns today from a holiday in Cuba and hopefully former professional Damian Place who has been ill.
“I will weigh everything up at training Thursday evening and then look at the team selection,” added Garbe.
The club’s second team are at home to Field FC Res (2.00), a team they have yet to play this season but on the same number of points as Chris Wadsworth’s side but having played four more games.
He has a full squad to choose from and they didn’t get a game in last week as Oxenhope Recreational were asked to play an outstanding cup tie.
Old Boys’ third team without a game last week are at home to Linthwaite Athletic (1.45) in the second round of the Huddersfield League Cup.
Linthwaite are a Division Three side currently in mid-table and manager Rob Moore will tell his players to go out and enjoy the game and see what they can turn up.
All three coaches want maximum numbers at Thursday night training as its imperative, they say, after the long lay off.