Lower Hopton 1
Brighouse Old Boys 2
BRIGHOUSE OLD BOYS put in a very good overall performance in their first pre-season friendly against impressive West Riding Premier League opponents Lower Hopton.
The first 10 minutes set the pattern of play for the match, with the Old Boys moving the ball well and keeping a large percentage of the play, but Lower Hopton always looking dangerous on the break.
However, just as the away side were starting to exert more continuous pressure on the Lower Hopton defence, it was the home side that went ahead.
A long ball forward found one of the front men just outside the penalty box.
As he controlled the ball, it appeared to make contact with his arm, but the referee waved play on, the striker then slotting the ball through for his left wing-man to comfortably stroke the ball home.
The half then continued in the same pattern, with the Old Boys wide men James Coates and Pete Kulezko, along with the overlapping runs of full backs Michael Barlow and Luke Johnson, causing the home side problems, but their opposition’s defence generally held firm, leaving forward Paul Taylor without any clear cut chances.
The central midfield pairing of Tom Gorringe and Chris Wdowszk, along with centre backs Lee Williams and Ian Brock, gradually began taking more control, and with ‘keeper Nathanial Moorhouse-Kelly, standing in for the unavailable Jason Hibbert, confidently bossing his six- yard area, the half-time whistle went with no change to the score-line.
Old boys manager Kim ‘Faz’ Farrand introduced subs Jimmy Cummings, Jake Stewart and Calvin Lee for the second half and within 10 minutes the scores were level.
Clever interchange play down the left between Johnson, Wdowszk and Cummings led to the latter firing in a superb 25 yard shot into the roof of the net. The half then continued as the first, with few chances being created by either team, but the Old Boys did begin to get on top, and with just a few minutes left on the clock it was Williams who headed in the winning goal from a corner.
Further friendlies confirmed are this Saturday away to AFC Farsley’s reserve squad (2.00) and the following Saturday, August 8, at home to Ealandians (2.00).
The manager is still expecting to organise one more mid-week friendly ahead of the West Yorkshire League Premier Division commencing on August 15, but it is not yet confirmed.