Solid Boys see off the threat from Otley

BRIGHOUSE OLD BOYS followed up their fine win against Bardsey the previous week with another three points in a solid performance at Otley Town.

The game started very evenly, with both teams retaining possession and defending well when needed.

Gradually, however, the Old Boys began to get on top, with centre midfield pairing Tom Wright and James Coates taking control and bossing the game.

With Regan Broadbent and Jake Stewart making inroads down the wings and a series of clever through balls piercing the Otley defence, it came as no surprise when the Old Boys went ahead.

From a driven corner on their left by Calvin Lee, his fellow striker Richard Heins flicked the ball on at the near post to find his captain and centre back Lee Williams unmarked at the far post to tap the ball in. The score remained at 1-0 at the break.

The second half began with Otley fired up and putting pressure on the Old Boys defence, but the back four of Jonny Haigh, Williams, Ian Brock and Luke Johnson held firm, and with goalkeeper Jason Hibbert dominating his area, the Otley threat gradually rescinded.

After 75 minutes, the Old Boys scored their second goal.

An excellent move down the left was started by full-back Johnson who fed Broadbent with a delicate pass. He beat his marker and moved the ball forward to Heins, who turned his man and hit a shot that was parried away by the Otley goalkeeper.

But man-of-the-match Coates was on-hand to smash the ball into the roof of the net and effectively kill off the game.

The Old Boys continued to dominate right until the final whistle to earn a fully-deserved three points.

With the League cancelling all Premier Division fixtures this week due to a League representative team game, the Old Boys will resume the following week in the County Cup, when they will Otley Town again.