Brighouse OLD BOYS made it three wins in a row and took another significant step towards banishing their drop fears in the West Yorkshire League.
They climbed to fourth from bottom in the Premier ahead of last night’s trip to Oxenhope Recreation and Saturday’s visit from Wetherby Athletic.
With Richard Heins still injured, the Old Boys once again reunited Peter Kuleczko and Matthew Richardson up front, Kuleczko providing the pace, Richardson the guile.
Changes were made in centre midfield, where the energy of Jake Broadbent and ripened passing ability of Damian Place provided a platform for speedy James Coates and Calvin Lee on the flanks.
In front of Jason Hibbert in goal, a sturdy back four of Jordan Hadden, Lee Williams, Ian Brock and Luke Johnston formed a barrier which Pool couldn’t break through.
From the first whistle the teams looked evenly matched. Both looked dangerous on the break but Old Boys were more incisive in creating chances.
They took the lead when a corner from Coates was followed by a powerful header from captain Lee Williams.
Old Boys continued to create chances but couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net, a familiar story this season.
Pool had their fair share of the ball but struggled to break through and Hibbert mopped up anything which came his way.
Brighouse doubled their lead following a clever one-two in midfield, Richardson feeding the ball through to Coates on the right hand side. Lee, controlled a precise cross with one touch and put the ball under the despairing clutches of the ‘keeper.
Pool started to dominate possession in the secondf half but the chances they created could be counted on the fingers of one hand.
Hibbert saved the best of them, a shot on the turn.
Pool had to throw caution to the wind and this provided opportunities for the Old Boys. Three minutes from the end a flick-on by Richardson allowed Kuleczko to dribble past the keeper but his shot, from an acute angle hit the post.
Richardson failed to put away the rebound and had an effort well saved just before the end.