Brighouse Town 2
Brighouse Old Boys 1
TOWN used this local derby as an opportunity to give their entire first team squad a run out, playing almost two different sides in each half, while Old Boys made sure the game was competative throughout.
The first 20 minutes were fairly even with Old Boys denied a chance to score after being pulled back and awarded a free kick, while Tom Rose fired over for Town after some good build up play.
Matty Roy then fired across the face of goal for Old Boys and Town’s Ernest Boafa’s lob just missed the target.
Town got on top as the half wore on, Anthony Brown heading Gibson’s cross wide, and minutes later the same combination set up Boafa to give Town the lead.
Gibson had a couple of goalbound shots blocked before James Hurtley crossed on 40 minutes for Anthony Brown to head home to make it 2-0.
Old Boys manager Phil Garbe had introduced five substitutes by the early stages of the first half, and after Craig Billington’s header from a Sutcliffe cross was well saved by Old Boys keeper Hibbert, Garbe’s side pulled a goal back with an excellent free-kick from Rob Kenny.
Town responded with plenty of possession but not too many clear cut chances against a very hard working Old Boys side. However, Hibbert did make good saves from Billington and Danny Naidole.
Garbe said he was delighted with the competitive game, watched by around 200 spectators, and praised the performances of Matty Roy and Luke Johnson in particular.
“I was also very pleased with my centre backs Andy Hall and Lee Williams who played for the enture 90 minutes in the heat of Tuesday night,” added Garbe.
“It was a great work out for both of us, Town with their strongest line up winning the first half 2-0 and ourselves taking the second 1-0 after wholesale changes by Paul Quinn and the introduction of fresh legs by myself.”
Old Boys now head to Old Earth, Elland, for a friendly with Huddersfield Amateurs (6.30) on Thursday and follow this up on the Saturday at the same venue with a game for the reserves against their chosen team. (2.30)
Next Tuesday, July 31, the players return to training at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School (6.45) for one of the special sessions under top qualified coach and ex-Leeds United Ladies manager-coach Chris Welburn.
“I am looking for a huge turnout from our players for all three teams and trialists are welcome and should report to myself, Julian Prior or Chris Wadsworth,” said Garbe.
Town manager Quinn now looks forward to entertaining a Huddersfield Town Select side on Friday evening (7.00) after calling off the planned friendly with Bradford Park Avenue.
He reported no injuries after the game with Old Boys which he described as a superb workout for his players in what was for him a really competitive 90 minutes.
Vice chairman Ray McLaughlin said they were looking at a strong side coming from the Galpharm as they possess a strong squad of some 23 professionals, and it will more than likely feature those who did not make the Scottish pre-season trip for the Terriers this week and their top Academy players.
“We have a lot of Town fans residing in Brighouse and I just hope given a good night that they will pop along and support us,” added McLaughlin.