Second half comeback brings six of the best

Brighouse OB  WY Lge Div 1 against Robin Hood Athletic. James Cummings on one of his usual runs.
Brighouse OB WY Lge Div 1 against Robin Hood Athletic. James Cummings on one of his usual runs.

WITH a sloping pitch and a strong blustery wind affecting the match. Old Boys stood up to the task well and ran out easy winners despite being 2 - 0 down at half-time.

Winning the toss and deciding to play against the elements in the first half, Old Boys were immediately put under pressure.

The back four of Joe Nelson, Reece Bray, Andy Hall and Luke Johnson had to focus on the task in hand to prevent Horbury from taking the lead.

They succeeded for 25 minutes then, from a loose ball in midfield, there was a Horbury counter-attack allowing the home team’s number 10 to dribble round goalkeeper Jason Hibbert and put the ball into the empty net.

With the ball coming back to them, blowing in the wind it was difficult for Old Boys to get out of their own half but gradually, playing on the ground, they started to make inroads into the home team’s defence.

On the flanks the pace of Peter Kuleczko and Martin Newham forced the Horbury fullbacks to retreat.

It allowed the midfield pair of captain James Fletcher and the dangerous Damian Place the space to weave their magic and create opportunities for the cultured Adam Williams and elusive Jimmy Cummings.

Having got a foothold in the match they went two down from a wind assisted well placed free kick.

It was missed by the Old Boys defence, and floated past Hibbert giving him no chance.

From then until half-time the message from the sidelines was to keep a tight back four, cut down the Horbury space in midfield and get back behind the ball when out of possession.

This they did successfully running down the time, anticipating easier pickings in the second half.

Be positive, play on the ground and shoot at every opportunity was the management message for the second half and the Old Boys applied themselves to these instructions while getting back into the game with the dream of all dream starts.

Within 10 minutes they had drawn level.

The first came from a pinpoint curling cross from attack minded fullback Nelson bringing a well-placed power header from Kuleczko.

The second was an accurate free kick from 25 yards out by the increasingly influential Fletcher, his shot curling past the Horbury defence and keeper.

Place, Fletcher and Cummings were dictating things by now and, piling on the pressure.

An Old Boys breakthrough seemed inevitable.

It came, from a Place long throw, glanced on by Fletcher to the quick feet of the club’s all time leading goal poacher, sub Paul Taylor, who cleverly side footed the ball in.

In the lead and cruising, a high score looked on the cards with over 20 minutes left but, Horbury came back at Brighouse and in one breakthrough were unlucky not to score,

Brighouse were saved by a last ditch strong challenge by the excellent Hibbert.

But, the tide was only going one way, and Old Boys increased their goal tally when Fletcher took a corner to the back post and Nelson turned the ball in for a deserved and rare goal from the classy fullback.

A few minutes later a couple of stylish goals came from man of the match Cummings.

The first saw a skilful run and a refined finish as he placed the ball in the right hand bottom corner.

The second came from a great Cummings free kick from 40 yards out, the ball flying past the despairing clutches of the Horbury keeper.

It was a sensational finish to a hard working team performance.

With results going their way, Brighouse are now up to fourth spot in the league, looking forward to the further challenges to come in their campaign for promotion.