Old Boys keen to improve after double defeat woe

Old Boys in red drew 1-1 at home to Whitkirk Wanderers.' 'Image01 ' Winger Matty Roy heading
Old Boys in red drew 1-1 at home to Whitkirk Wanderers.' 'Image01 ' Winger Matty Roy heading

Brighouse Old Boys manager Phil Garbe was hoping for a better performance and a win last night at home to Field FC following three straight defeats.

Old Boys lost their midweek game against league newcomers Shelley, 1-0 after suffering a 3-0 reversal at the hands of another newly promoted side, Hunslet Club, last Saturday.

While both were disappointing results, a steady improvement has been seen in the Old Boys’ performances, but further improvements are badly needed.

“We have created chances but not that many and when we have they haven’t put the ball in the net,” said Garbe.

“I sat the players down after last Saturday’s setback and put my views across. It appears to be a psychological thing to me and once we get a victory I am sure we will turn it around.

“Also I was hoping for an early goal against Field so we can then build on that.

“We are due to meet Brighouse Town officials and look at taking some of their young Development side on board to give them extra matches as they play mostly midweek.

“We don’t seem to be pulling in as much young blood as we used to do and this avenue we are going down with Town might just help in that direction.

“I was looking forward against Field to see a fit again Mike Pearson (Achilles) up front with Alex Tait and I was also giving James Fletcher a start along with young Will Tolley and James Coates and this I hoped would give us some real firepower going forward.

“On Saturday we are away to our old bogey team Kippax on their postage stamp of a pitch.

“They have got off to an even worst start than us and have really been leaking goals.

Old Boys’ Huddersfield League Division Four side commenced their league programme at Thornhill Utd last night and then sit out Saturday as the cricket season continues.

The club’s reserve team start their West Yorkshire League Alliance Division One season on Saturday at home to Hunslet Club Reserves (2.30).

Manager-coach Chris Wadsworth will have plenty of players to choose from.

The Shelley game was a scrappy affair with the opposition successfully fashioning a breakaway goal and held on for the win.

Old Boys stepped up their performance against Hunslet, but in a pulsating match a lack of clinical finishing cost them dear.

Chances were created by the mazy runs of Matty Roy and Mitch Hirst on the flanks, but unfortunately their finishing didn’t match the build up and good opportunities were spurned.