We’re still on course

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AHEAD of last night’s home game with Old Centralians, Brighouse Old Boys were third in the West Yorkshire League Division One and on course for promotion.

It may be three clubs are promoted as clubs are hearing that Knaresborough Town has applied to join the semi-professional Koolsport Northern Counties East League.

Old Boys manager Phil Garbe says it would be good for the top four clubs but he just wants to think it will be two up and his boys should concentrate on this as they go after new leaders Oxenhope and Robin Hood Athletic, with Wetherby in fourth place and with games in hand.

The Old Boys entertain Wetherby on Saturday week in a ‘six pointer’.

They were hoping with a holiday - weakened side - seven players absent and one injured - to have avenged a 1-0 away defeat to the Centralians earlier in the season.

They have no game this Saturday but are away to a potential banana skin side on Wednesday when they play Baildon Trinity Athletic (6.15pm).

“A tough midweek fixture but at least I will have some lads back and like for the Centralians, the talented Alex Bembridge, who has been playing for semi-professional Nottingham Utd while at the city’s university,” said Garbe.

“Against Centralians with the player loss and injured Mike Barlow, I drafted in players with extensive first team experience, namely Paul Taylor, Martin Newham and Adam Williams.

“Our only problem is that they have not all being playing together regularly and the side that has taken us to third place has been broken up with the Easter holiday.Some of these lads, although not all, could be playing for the reserves at Knaresborough Town on Saturday (2.30pm).

“This won’t be an easy game for Julian Prior’s side after their 7-1 reverse in the League Cup semi-final.”

The Halifax League Division One side are away to Sowerby Bridge (2.30pm) on Saturday for their final game and manager Richard Rothwell intends to let the players enjoy themselves.

“They may not be relegated owing to a restructuring and he says, seeing as they have stuck together, he will let them enjoy themselves,” added Garbe.