Old Boys hit by missed chances

THE Old Boys campaign in the Challenge Cup came to an early end when they were beaten by Premiership side Boroughbridge.

Although Brighouse dominated the game for long periods, creating the better chances it was the lack of finishing which cost them.

With Jimmy Cummings and Reece Bray grabbing the lion’s share of possession in midfield Boroughbridge hardly had a look in and, with Calvin Lee and Andy Burton raiding down the flanks, the omens were looking good for the home side.

Up front James Fletcher and Matty Roy were causing the visitors problems and it was Roy who had the first chance to give Brighouse the lead from a pinpoint pass by Fletcher.

Through on his own he attempted to place the ball past the keeper but it bobbled just before the shot and went high and wide.

A free kick from Fletcher just went over the bar, a header from Lee was again just too high and a Roy chance placed just the the wrong side of the post.

At the other end centrebacks Lee Williams and Andy Hall were hardly troubled and the rare attacks by Boroughbridge down the flanks were cut out by Joe Nelson and Luke Johnson.

Brighouse started the second with a similar attacking spirit using their quick short passing and moving game to retain their dominance although Boroughbridge, playing on the break, started to get a foothold on the game and were looking more and more dangerous as the half went on.

Against the run of play the Premiership visitors took the lead, a looping shot from the edge of the area beating keeper Gareth Betts and dipping under the bar.

Brighouse responded well, redoubled their effort and got their just rewards when a tricky run by Roy on the left and an accurate cross to the far post allowed Fletcher to place the ball home.

Old Boys took the lead with the goal of the game. A corner cleared fell to Andy Burton of the edge of the area. He smashed the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

Within 10 minutes though Boroughbridge retook the lead with a combination of two chances not cleared by the hosts plus clinical finishing.

Chances still were coming Old Boys’ way and the away team keeper made a couple of saves at point blank range, a Fletcher header and a Martin Newham shot denying a Brighouse equaliser.

Williams was pushed up front for the last five minutes and the Old Boys brought on the fresh legs of sub Paul Taylor but to no avail.

Boroughbridge increased their lead when, in the last minute a quick counterattack allowed their left winger time and space to put the ball past Betts.