Old Boys held to a draw by struggling Whitkirk

Old Boys in red drew 1-1 at home to Whitkirk Wanderers.''Image03 ' Midfielder Damian Place tackling
Old Boys in red drew 1-1 at home to Whitkirk Wanderers.''Image03 ' Midfielder Damian Place tackling

Brighouse Old Boys got their season back on track against a team struggling in the league this season.

James Fletcher came back after injury on the bench while Damian Place and Andy Burton replaced Chris Wdowczyk and Joe Nalson in midfield and right full back respectively.

Old Boys started the brighter with Jimmy Cummings and Place taking charge in midfield and setting up Mike Pearson and Alex Tait up front.

With Matty Roy and Tom Gorringe raiding on the flanks a goal seemed likely, but surprisingly it was fullback Luke Johnson who had the best efforts in the first 20 minutes.

Unfortunately for Old Boys an old injury to Mike Pearson came back to haunt him and he had to be replaced, Fletcher making his first appearance for five weeks.

Whitkirk came back and gradually started to dominate proceedings. However, with the pace of Andy Hall and the guile of Ian Brock at the back they couldn’t break through and Jason Hibbert in the home team goal was only called upon once.

The last 10 minutes of the first half saw Old Boys unlucky not to take the lead but a couple of chances went wide of the mark.

The second half started with both teams attacking. Old Boys’ fullbacks Andy Burton and Johnson both found space on their respective flanks.

The dangerous Roy had been quiet but suddenly he exploded through on the left, the ball placed into his path by Fletcher.

Roy’s pace saw him outstrip the Whitkirk defence before sliding the ball under the advancing keeper.

The away team put three up front and began to attack the home defence.

Once again Brock and Hall had to make some last ditch tackles with Hibbert also keeping his side in the lead.

Rob Kenny, another back from injury, replaced Place with Fletcher moving back into midfield and James Coates swapped for Tait up front.

However, Whitkirk’s pressure got them back into the game through a slick finish by their forward giving Hibbert no chance, Old Boys’ pleas for offside falling on stony ground.

Whitkirk continued to push forward but Old Boys played the game out with a draw a fair reflection on the day’s play.

Old Boys’ schedule is now heavy with midweek games planned for the next six weeks, and they will need to rely on the club’s resources to complete their season.

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West Yorkshire League Premier Division