Declan Adams injury mars promising Otley Town start to season

Josh Waite scored the winner against East End Park

Josh Waite scored the winner against East End Park

First published in Sport

Brighouse Old Boys 0 Otley Town 0

OTLEY Town put up a determined performance to become the first side to take a West Yorlshire League Premier Division point off Brighouse Old Boys this season.

The home side had already defeated last season’s champions Bardsey 2-1 so Town manager Dave Morris knew his men were up against it.

Morris opted for a 4-5-1 formation with a view to suppressing Brighouse’s talented midfield trio.

This set-up worked a treat for Town as they frustrated their opponents by closing down the space and playing an impressive possession game.

In a very good team performance where everyone played their part, special mention should go to Connor Wilson who stepped up from the Reserves and excelled throughout in the link role.

In fact, in the last quarter of the game he gave a tiring Brighouse defence the fright of their lives as he picked the ball up from deep and ran at them with pace and precision, three times coming face to face with the home keeper. but was unable to finish.

Otley Town 1 East End Park 0

Town opened their Premier Division campaign with a narrow home win at the Old Showfield.

Josh Waite scored the all important goal early in the second half when he forced home Scott Cater’s right wing cross.

Oxenhope Rec 1 Otley Town 1
Match abandoned
THE midweek trip to Oxenhope ended in anguish for Town when their promising left back Declan Adams suffered a serious injury which resulted in the game being abandoned.

An innocuous challenge saw him suffer a badly dislocated ankle.

With the light fading the referee abandoned the match once Adams had been taken to hospital.

Adams will be in plaster for a minimum of six weeks and may require an operation to repair ligament damage.

Town had opened the scoring after 20 minutes through the lively Tom Walker who neatly converted Toby Harris’ right wing cross.

Oxenhope were soon on level terms through ex-Bradford City winger Tom Marshall.

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