Wins by the dozen

Brighouse OB 'Image04 ' central defender Lee Williams trying to score from a corner
Brighouse OB 'Image04 ' central defender Lee Williams trying to score from a corner

BRIGHOUSE Old Boys made it 12 wins in a row and cemented their place in second place in the league.

But this was no easy victory. Mount St Mary’s caused problems against the high flying in-form team in the division.

Guard against complacency was the mantra ringing in the Old Boys’ ears when they took the pitch.

Although not threatened at the back, Old Boys for the first 20 minutes could not get going, their normal flowing game frustrated by the erratic bounce of the pitch.

Mount St Mary’s made repeated forays but with the stout defence of centre-backs Lee Williams and Andy Hall plus the rapid covering abilities of Luke Johnson and Joe Nelson, keeper Jason Hibbert was rarely called on.

After 20 minutes Brighouse began to look dangerous.

Chances came and went, midfielder Reece Bray coming close a couple of times.

At the start of the second half Old Boys’ midfield of Damian Place, Bray and Jimmy Cummings took hold of the game, chances came but were not taken.

Rob Kenny crossed from the right for captain James Fletcher, but his shot went wide.

A few minutes later Fletcher more than made up for it when, from the edge of the area, he curled a powerful free kick into the top right hand corner with the St Mary’s keeper rooted to the spot.

The second came soon after, Cummings raiding on the left was brought down and Kenny’s fast low free kick was turned in by leading goalscorer Fletcher.

St Mary’s came back strongly and got back into the game with a controversial goal, an opposition forward, seemingly offside, sliding it under the advancing Hibbert.

Old Boys managed to play the remaining time out, again although under pressure, Hibbert was rarely threatened.