Reserves disappoint after taking first half lead from a corner

BRIGHOUSE lost to their youthfulful opponents by the single goal after taking a first half lead in a disappointing performance.

The Old Boys started brightly and created the better chances in the first 20 minutes with Ben Sands and and Peter Kuleczko causing damage on the flanks.

They opened the scoring when they from a corner on the left. A pinpoint cross from Adam Williams led to Alex Bembridge nodding the ball home.

Old Boys could have extended their lead just a few minutes later when a through ball from midfielder Damien Place allowed Bembridge to run through. He beat the keeper to the ball but was tackled from behind with cries for a penalty turned down.

Old Boys relaxed and allowed Wetherby back into the game.

For the last 20 minutes of the first half the home side took control and the locals were chasing shadows against Wetherby’s the slick passing and movement,

Right fullback Charlie McMoran scooped the ball over his own bar from a few yards out to save his side on one occasion.

Wetherby equalised from a quick breakaway 10 minutes before half-time.

A corner for the Old Boys and the clearance from the home team went to their centre forward who beat the visitors’ defence for pace and tucked the ball away under the body of goalkeeper Ben Briggs.

The second half started in a similar manner and Wetherby took the lead when a free kick from the left allowed one of their forwards to head the ball home.

This seemed to wake the Old Boys up and they started to take control of the game with Place and Andy Taylor taking charge in midfield.

Changes were made with Paul Taylor and Wayne Cummings coming on and Old Boys pushing two up front in an attempt to claw the goal back.

At set pieces centre backs Jason Armstrong and Vaughan Wagstaff were deployed upfield but although they dominated possession they could not turn it into clear chances.

Attacking fullback Warren Phillips was brought on but this did not do the trick and at the final whistle Wetherby held on to a narrow victory.

Having played most of the top teams in the league in the last four weeks, losing narrowly in all of them, Old Boys can be positive about future fixtures.

But they need to ensure that they focus for the full 90 minutes in the remaining games of the season.