Rally helps to restore the pride against City slickers

Kim Farrand, Brighouse Old Boys
Kim Farrand, Brighouse Old Boys

THIS Premier Division encounter looked like turning into an embarrassment for the Old Boys.

Without several key players due to work commitments, injuries and suspension, the Old Boys were outplayed in the first 45 minutes and were 4-0 down at the break.

However, they then rallied and restored their pride.

Leeds City were very impressive throughout and look certain to be in the mix for honours come the end of the season.

From the start, they dominated in mid-field and with fast-flowing, accurate football it looked to be only a matter of time until they took the lead.

However, the home side should have opened the scoring when, after a mix-up in the Leeds defence, Matt Richardson was left with a clear shot on goal, but his chip was comfortably saved by the goalkeeper.

Shortly afterwards, Leeds opened their scoring spree when the ball was only half-cleared from a corner and their left-back hit a stunning 20 yard volley into the bottom corner of the net.

Throughout the rest of the half, Leeds never gave the Old Boys any chances and, at regular intervals, they proceeded to score a further three goals through some defence-splitting football.

The second half was only five minutes old when Leeds scored their fifth and it seemed like the rout would continue.

However, the OId Boys, having clearly been encouraged by manager Kim Farrand’s half-time team talk, suddenly started to play with some self-belief.

Experienced central midfielder Chris Wdowszk started to hit some good passes, bringing wide-men Regan Broadbent and Liam Curtis into the game.

The extra width allowed forwards Richard Heins and Richardson to create more space and, but for a couple of fine saves by the Leeds goalkeeper, the Old Boys could have opened their scoring.

The home side’s defence also tightened up, with centre-back Ian Brock looking particularly impressive.

However, the damage had already been done in the first half and, in the end, Leeds City cruised to a well-deserved victory.

The Old Boys’ first team are away to Pool on Saturday (2.00), where they will be looking to get back to winning ways in the league.

The following three weeks are then taken up by cup-ties.

Firstly, they are at home to Alwoodley in the second round of the West Riding Challenge Cup.

This is followed by another home tie against Old Centralians in the West Yorkshire League Cup and then they face an away fixture against Sowerby Bridge in the second round of the Albert Crabtree Halifax District Cup, having had a first round bye.

The West Yorkshire Alliance Division One reserves are hoping to continue their winning form but face a tough match at home to Beeston St Anthony’s Reserves (2.00).

The Huddersfield League team, having had to pull out of last Saturday’s match due to a lack of available players, are this week away to Thornhill United (2.15).