West Yorkshire League: Forster content with Wetherby Athletic harmony

Wetherby Athletic v Thornhill West Yorkshire League League Cup sat 9th nov 2013'Brian Blewitt of  Wetherby slices the ball into his own net (SR1001/28b)Picture Steve Riding
Wetherby Athletic v Thornhill West Yorkshire League League Cup sat 9th nov 2013'Brian Blewitt of Wetherby slices the ball into his own net (SR1001/28b)Picture Steve Riding

Wetherby Athletic chief Mark Forster says the greater squad harmony at the club could push them into the top eight this season.

After a troubled first season in charge last year, Forster has seen a change on the Ings already this campaign.

Athletic hammered the boss’ former club Ripon City 4-1 last Wednesday to earn their first win of 2014/15.

However, old problems were at large on Saturday as a makeshift team let a one goal advantage slip in the final 10 minutes to lose 2-1 at Oxenhope Recreation.

And former striker Roman Neal came back to haunt the Tangerines on Wednesday night, as they conceded a late winner to lost 1-0 at champions Bardsey.

Ciaran Mallon opened the scoring for Athletic, but Brian Blewitt scored an own goal before Athletic conceded the a winner with the final kick of the game.

Despite the defeat, Forster was upbeat to how his players have begun the season.

With former Harrogate Railway players Jesus Martin-Farina and Tom Hesketh, and ex-Conference footballer Bobby Stevenson, joining the ranks, the manager said there is positivity around the place.

He said: “There’s a much better atmosphere in the team. We are just lacking a little bit of confidence to close the games out.

“Players have grown up and they realise what it’s all about now.

“We are very pleased with how it is going. We have played some lovely football.

“We were disappointed on Saturday but it was one of those freak weekends where we were short of so many players.”

Forster’s son Matty will return from a broken nose when money-bags Shelley host the Tangerines on Saturday.

Bardsey have stuttered so far this season, but they took a point away from top of the table Field on Saturday.

Former Harrogate Town player Steve Mallory scored in the 1-1 draw.

Lee Barraclough’s seventh-placed men were at their imposing best on Wednesday last week as they battered East End Park 6-1.

Rob Dickinson banged in a hat-trick with Mallory, Mike Toney and Ryan Bailey also on the scoresheet.

On Saturday, Bardsey travel to Otley Town, who sit 11th with only one win at the time of going to print.