Brighouse Old Boys 2-2 Old Centralians
Honours even despite Old Boys battling back to take the lead, 2 points dropped rather than 1 gained
After a midweek game where Brighouse Old Boys lost to a powerful Shelley side a two all draw to top of the table opponents Old Centralians could be deemed as acceptable however with a bit more luck this was a game that Brighouse could have won. Changes were made from the Shelley game, keeper Ozanne unavailable, being replaced by veteran Jason Armstrong
, at the back Jayden Armstrong, Matt Whitley and Graeme Tait
. Five strung across midfield Jordan Hadden
, Chris Wdowczyk, Martin Newham
, Niall Porter
and Matt Airey, up front Liam McAllister and Lucas Birts
. Early on in the game Centralians claimed that one of their forwards had been brought down in the penalty area and their raucous objections when the referee denied their pleas set the standard really for the game. Constant interruptions and pedantic decisions by the referee threatened to disrupt the flow of the game and led to the Centralians manager being sent away from the pitch. After fifteen minutes it was Centralians who opened the score, a corner from the right was not cleared by Brighouse and the ball was bundled home by an away team forward. A setback but then the fightback. With Porter’s good close control, Newham’s fighting spirit and Wdowczyk’s skills, seeing the ball early and laying it off to the ebullient Birts and McAllister up front Brighouse were looking the better team. Two goals came before half time, both could compete for goal of the season both scored by Brighouse. McAllister had to come off half through the first half and was replaced by Calvin Lee
, a welcome return to the fold for the pacy forward. Working the ball cleverly from the back, Brighouse’s passing game allowed Porter to thread the ball through the static Centralians defence. Their keeper came out to clear the ball but only succeeded to kick the ball to Lee standing on the edge of the area. Lee then accurately chipped the ball, returning it over the forlorn keeper into the back of the net. Again Brighouse pressed strongly and minutes before the break scored again, good play by Matt Airey and Jordan Hadden
allowed Wdowczyk to pick the ball up on the edge of the area. The ball bounced favorably for the everygreen midfielder and he proceeded to volley the ball over the away team keeper’s flailing arms. Early in the second half Brighouse had a golden opportunity to extend their lead when a corner from Wdowczyk dropped invitingly in the six yard box but the ball was scrambled off the line by the Centralians defence. Two one down Centralians came back strongly and with Brighouse hanging back took the game out of their grasp. Waves of attacks followed and set piece from the away team were causing problems for the redoubtable Brighouse defence. Jaden Armstrong, Whitely and Tait had to be at their best to stem the flow but almost inevitably Centralians got their equaliser, a quick free kick allowing the ball eventually to be bundled over the line. Both subs Lyndon Armstrong
and Warren Phillips
were brought on to replace tiring legs and Brighouse did start to push forward, Lee having a couple of chances but unfortunately for the home side not being able to finish them and the game petered out into the draw.
A game which Brighouse could have won but a valuable point against a high flying Centralians team. Next two challenges are Baildon Trinity and Altofts, two matches which Brighouse should be looking to get results.