Old Boys delight manager Garbe

Return to training for Brighouse Old Boys and boss Phil Garbe
Return to training for Brighouse Old Boys and boss Phil Garbe

BRIGHOUSE Old Boys swung back into action this week with a workout at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School.

Manager Phil Garbe was delighted with the turnout of 34 players and more were predicted to attend tonight as some were not available Tuesday and had notified the coaching staff accordingly.

UEFA B coaching badge holder Neil Fitzjohn took the session with Garbe, who said he was pleased to see some five new faces on board for what will be a much stiffer test in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League this season.

“It was a fairly steady session with a lot of ball work involved and then we had two good games over the 90 minutes we were on the 3G pitch,” said Garbe.

“It was good to see the players we had invited from the Brighouse Town trial we had been invited to at Huddersfield New College some two weeks ago.

“We will step things up Thursday evening (tonight) and then we have two sessions next week before we put out a side for the Billy Kendall tournament on Saturday week at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe (10.30).

“Our other friendlies are all confirmed and will be with Huddersfield Amateurs at Old Earth, Elland, Halifax Irish and Campion.

“We are fortunate to have a well qualified coach in Neil Fitzjohn and you can see and feel the respect the players have for him. We went through last season with both the first and second teams playing some good football and this comes from having a good coach and players who will listen.

“Neil, Julian Prior, Chris Wadsworth and myself feel these lads will step up to the plate and deliver again this time and there was plenty of enthusiasm and desire on Tuesday evening.”