Old Boys battle to another victory

Brighouse Old Boys (red shirts, won 2-1) versus Rothwell Athletic in WY League Div 1' 'Image01 ' midfielder Reece Bray heading
Brighouse Old Boys (red shirts, won 2-1) versus Rothwell Athletic in WY League Div 1' 'Image01 ' midfielder Reece Bray heading

AFTER a disappointing performance the previous week, being beaten in the cup by a team from a lower league, it was all about getting back on track for Brighouse Old Boys..

Rothwell Athletic may be midway in the table but, after a poor start, have recently hit a rich vein of form.

With captain James Fletcher and midfield dynamo Damian Place missing, Old Boys brought back cultured Cockney Adam Williams and last week’s reserve team hat trick hero Martin Newham into the side to bolster their attack.

The quick start asked for was reciprocated by the home side and captain for the day Reece Bray and skilful Jimmy Cummings soon started to dominate possession in midfield, acting as a springboard for the raiding party of Martin Newham, Rob Kenny and Matty Roy up front.

Chances were being created and both Kenny and Roy were unlucky with shots that just went wide of the mark.

At the other end Rothwell failed to make inroads into the Brighouse defence, stopped by the unbreachable centre back pairing of Lee Williams and the pacy skilful play of man of the match Andy Hall.

Covering the flanks at the back Luke Johnson and Joe Nelson were making short work of the Rothwell wingers, more useful as an attacking option than a necessity at the back.

With only a few minutes left of the first half the opening goal went to the home team.

Somewhat controversially the referee gave Old Boys an indirect free kick for a Rothwell back pass just inside the away team’s penalty area.

Rothwell’s claim that the ball had rebounded off Kenny before the keeper had picked it up were turned down by the referee and Cummings placed the ball past the despairing keeper into the bottom right corner of the net.

The second half followed in a similar pattern with Brighouse generally growing in strength and Rothwell throwing men forward to get back into the game.

This inevitably left opportunities for Old Boys and they exploited this by scoring their second goal.

A long floated cross by Johnson evaded the Rothwell back four and floated over the shoulder of Kenny.

He turned smartly and powered the ball past the away team keeper to double his side’s goal tally.

With the game going Brighouse’s way the third seemed inevitable.

The injured Newham was replaced by Peter Kuleczko to add more pace to the attack.

The chance came when Roy went on a mazy run on the left, the low cross that followed was missed by the home attack and scooped up by the Rothwell keeper.

Rothwell were throwing caution to the wind, pushing men forward and from one of these attacks an away team forward, going away from the goal, was brought down by Williams.

Jason Hibbert, in the Brighouse goal stood no chance with the resulting spot kick.

With a mixture of hope and neat skilful play Rothwell managed to pressurise the Old Boys for the final 10 minutes of the match and their best chance was prevented by an athletic tip over the bar by Hibbert.

Substitute Mike Barlow replaced Roy on the left to increase their defensive prowess and the Old Boys gained another well earned victory.