OLD BOYS gained the points they needed to secure their promotion to the West Yorkshire Premier League with a hard fought tense victory over Old Headingley.
The visitors had come with the intention of spoiling the party and had the better of the early exhanges, but the home side, despite not being at their most fluent, were working hard as a team and were closing down and pressing in numbers.
Jimmy Cummings, Damian Place and Adam Williams were beginning to make inroads into the visitors’ defence.
The best chance of the half came when Williams pass released Calvin Lee who played a neat one two with Rob Kenny before hitting the post.
Martin Newham then broke through but his shot was smothered by the ‘keeper.
Old Boys finished the half on top but were unable to make the breakthrough.
Old Boys had to make an enforced change at half time, Calvin Lee retiring with a hamstring injury and being replaced by Matty Roy.
Knowing they only needed a point to secure promotion, Old Boys were tending to play too deep, as a consequence Old Headingley started the half applying the early pressure.
But the home defence of Joe Nelson, Andy Burton, Reece Bray and Luke Johnson supported by ‘keeper Jason Hibbert were performing well with a real determination to keep the visitors out.
The Old Boys were always dangerous on the counter-attack and grabbed the lead with 15 minutes remaining in the game.
Hibbert’s long clearance found Kenny who turned on the edge of the area before curling the ball into the corner of the net.
This sparked joyous scenes both on the pitch and on the touchline.
The visitors pushed men forward looking for the equaliser but the home side kept their nerve to hold on to to their 18th consecutive win, which is a remarkable run and gained them a deserved promotion.
l THE Old Boys travelled to close rivals Kippax on Saturday with promotion already gained.
But they came unstuck and, although having a number of chances in the game, eventually went down 3 - 1.
Kenny’s side foot shot was cleared off the line early on, but he was there to get a touch and open the scoring on 20 minutes.
Having won promotion three days earlier, Old Boys took their eye off a game they could have won in the second half and allowed Kippax to score the winning goals.
Old Boys best chance late on fell to Kenny on the edge of the six yard box but he failed to capitalise on the opportunity.
A successful season ended with promotion to the Premier League and a club record of 18 victories in a row, but Brighouse Old Boys need to relish their success, and brace themselves for greater challenges next season