Old Boys make it 10 on the bounce

Brighouse OB'Image04 ' fullback Luke Johnson crossing
Brighouse OB'Image04 ' fullback Luke Johnson crossing

BRIGHOUSE Old Boys took their winning sequence to 10 easily overcoming lower-placed opponents who had given them a decent game a few weeks ago.

The pre-match talk was all about grasping the initiative, turning the heat on in the midfield tussles, ensuring that even after missing a fixture last week it would not halt the current good run of form.

The game might have not started as the penalty spots had not been marked out but with the application of flour denoting the relevant areas the game kicked off on time.

A blustery wind blowing across the pitch plus uneven surface conditions could have mitigated the home team’s short passing game but this was not the case and from the start Old Boys dominated the play.

The midfield trio of Reece Bray, Damian Place and Jimmy Cummings overwhelmed their feisty opponents allowing the skills of Matty Roy, Rob Kenny and captain James Fletcher to attack the heart of the Aberford defence.

Kenny had the first chance but unfortunately the shot went wide.

Old Boys opened the scoring with probably the best move of the game.

Starting from the defence centre back Lee Williams cleared the ball to Cummings in midfield.

There followed a series of one-touch passes involving Bray, Cummings, fullback Joe Nelson, Fletcher and Place before Kenny was put through on the right.

He roasted his fullback, turning him one way and another before placing a pinpoint cross on to the right foot of Fletcher who had the simple task of sidefooting the ball into an empty net.

Aberford did not give up and with strong performances from the opposition’s midfield and up front, Old Boys’ defence had to be wary of the counter attack.

However, with the pace of Andy Hall and resolute play of attacking fullbacks Nelson and Luke Johnson, Jason Hibbert, in the Old Boys’ goal had a quiet afternoon.

The second for Old Boys came soon after.

A neat through ball by Fletcher left Kenny one-on-one with the Aberford keeper.

Old Boys’ striker had no problem in placing the ball in the bottom right corner.

With Nelson and Johnson having the freedom to attack on the flanks chances were bound to be created and their third came from a solo effort by Johnson.

Picking the ball up on the left hand side of the penalty area, with a mixture of deceptive changes of pace and sharp body swerves, Johnson by-passed three defenders before shooting from an acute angle.

The ball ran across the goal line and was helped in by an Aberford defender who could not keep it out of the net.

Even at 3 - 0 the match was not over. Aberford were playing for pride.

Setting their stall out early Old Boys kept their shape, with good movement providing options for the man on the ball, getting back quickly when they lost possession.

Although Aberford were throwing caution to the wind they struggled to retain good possession and most of their attacks fizzled out, Hibbert only needing to make one good stop the whole half.

Old Boys took their time and with 20 minutes to go sealed their victory with another good finish by their leading scorer Kenny.

The ball was floated over the top of the defence to find Kenny on the right hand side of the penalty area.

He turned and smashed it past the advancing keeper.

Martin Newham and Glen Lee came on, replacing Kenny and Matty Roy and Old Boys played out the final few minutes comfortably with their winning position.