Athletic blow title race open with Beeston win

NARG 1202182 Boroughbridge V Wetherby. Wetherby's No11(1202182AM)
NARG 1202182 Boroughbridge V Wetherby. Wetherby's No11(1202182AM)

THEY slayed the Beeston beast last Saturday and next on the agenda for Eugene Lacy and his Wetherby troops is a must-win at home to East End Park tomorrow (2.30pm ko).

The Ings outfit slipped down the West Yorks Premier League table after a string of poor results.

But Saturday’s magnificent 1-0 victory at title-chasing St. Anthony’s bucked the trend.

Lacy knows what his side have to do in order to stay clear of the chasing pack.

“I think another four or five points will be enough,” he said.

“Looking at the table I don’t think the teams below us will catch us.

“East End Park will be a tough game. But if we win that it will go along way to making us safe.

“But I’ve been saying it all season, we need to be more consistent.

“We play well against the top teams but not against the others.

“It’s a crazy league this year. You look at the likes of Ripon City and Otley who are near the top.

“They aren’t great sides, middle of the road sides.

“Boroughbridge are above us and they’re poor too.

“But we’ve just got to get enough points to stay in the division and then go from there.”

On Saturday Lacy was delighted with Wetherby’s display.

A Tom Gorringe goal grabbed all three points but their boss thought they deserved more from their performance.

“We played some really good stuff, it was well deserved,” he continued.

“Both teams hit the post, but it was a fair result.

“I was speaking to someone from Bardsey last week and I said we’d go there and beat them. And we did.”

The result has opened the door for the likes of BARDSEY to gain some ground on Beeston.

Lee Barraclough’s men easily disposed of relegation fodder Altofts 4-0 on Saturday in the league.

It was a welcome return to domestic football for the Keswick Laners who have been in cup action of late.

They have the chance to progress further in the League Cup on Saturday when they welcome Old Centrailians.

A victory for Barraclough’s troops will set-up a last four clash against Boroughbridge who beat Knaresborough Town 2-1 on Saturday.

The match will be played on a neutral venue.

One team who won’t be playing in the League Cup semi-final will be SHERBURN WHITE ROSE.

Wayne Day’s troops were beaten 4-1 by Fields on Saturday.

They return to league action tomorrow with a trip to Oxenhope Recreation.