IN a close fought match Old Boys came out on top against spirited opponents.
From the start Old Boys dominated the midfield battles with Reece Bray, Jimmy Cummings and the skilful Matty Roy interchanging short passes and creating chances for the forward line of James Fletcher, Rob Kenny and Mike Pearson.
Against the run of play, Centralians opened the scoring following a strong run on the right not cleared by the Old Boys’ defence.
It came from a shot from the edge of the area which skimmed under the diving body of Jason Hibbert.
Old Boys responded well, not panicking, continuing to play their slick short passing game confident that chances would come their way.
Set pieces, especially corners were causing problems for Centralians, whipping them in with pace Kenny and Roy created the platform for their side’s push for an equaliser.
It was from a corner that the home team scored. Roy curled it in from the right, the ball bundled in off the thigh of the imposing figure of centreback Lee William.
Further pressure followed, with the prompting and probing of the midfield trio opening up the opportunities for attack.
Old Boys took the lead when a powerful shot by Cummings from the edge of the area deflected off a Centralians defender giving the keeper no chance.
The second half followed in a similar pattern with Old Boys dominating the attacking play and chances being created but not taken.
Centralians changed their tactics putting three tall strikers up front.
This caused problems in the home defence and Mike Barlow, Andy Burton, Williams and the excellent Luke Johnson had to concentrate on their defensive skills.
For 10 minutes the away team poured men forward and from one breakaway beat the home back four to leave a one-on-one with Hibbert.
The home keeper spread himself and saved at point blank range.
A minute later Centralians broke through again and this time Hibbert brought the man down, a sure-fire penalty.
Luckily for Old Boys the Centralians attacker could only hit the post, the ball going out for a throw in.
The fresh legs of Calvin Lee and Joe Nelson were put on and Old Boys regained control playing out the rest of the game to record their fourth win of the season.