by Jamie Woodhouse
Goals from James Turland, Lee Spires and Adam Davey gave Ilkley a 3-0 victory over rock bottom Brighouse Old Boys, in a match they dominated, at Ben Ryddinng Sports Club.
Ilkley took the game to Brighouse right from the start and only had to wait until the 3rd minute for their first chance. Adam Fowler, who would run the Old Boy’s defence raged all match, beat the offside trap, and one on one with keeper Clayton Smith really should have done better, as he dragged his shot wide of the post.
Just minutes later Ilkley captain Danny Bott floated a cross into the box, which just evaded the head of Turland. Davey was there to follow up, but fired his shot wide.
15 minutes in and Fowler would break the offside trap once again, but the forward failed to convert striking the ball straight into the hands of Smith.
Town finally took the lead on the 22nd minute. Tim Edney’s long throw into the box finding Davey, who flicked the ball on to Turland who tapped in from close range.
Davey should have doubled the lead just minutes later when he took the ball around Smith, but off balance his weak shot was cleared off the line.
Town didn’t have to wait much longer however, for the second goal to arrive. Smith spilled the ball after a ferocious strike from Dan Chadwick, but Spires reacted quickest to convert and make it 2-0.
After a brighter start to the second half by Brighouse, Davey would stop their momentum dead when he turned the ball home from a corner to make it 3-0.
Brighouse saw their first chance of the game on the 65th minute when James Hirst came rushing out of his goal to meet Matt Richardson, who tapped the ball past Hirst, only to be denied by the post.
Old Boys would have hoped to cause more problems as the second half progressed, as Ilkley became increasingly frustrated with their weaker performance after the break. Arguments began to break out between the players and staff, but Brighouse would fail to capitalise, as Town would hold on for the 3-0 victory, picking up a vital three points in their bid to stay in the West Yorkshire Premier Division.
Next up for Town is a tough midweek fixture against second placed Leeds City, at the Adel War Memorial Association ground.