West Yorkshire League: Stop ‘killing’ Bridge says legendary boss Daz Ekin

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Boroughbridge manager Daz Ekin has slammed the commitment of certain Blues players for ‘killing the club’ and ruining the work of long-serving members.

Boroughbridge have endured a miserable campaign at the bottom of the West Yorkshire Premier, with legendary boss Ekin juggling player availability troubles every game.

Only a miracle over the final six matches of the season will stop the Blues dropping into Division One for the first time in 11 years.

Bridge did climb off the bottom of the Premier league with a 2-2 draw at ninth-placed Robin Hood Athletic on Saturday.

But Ekin admitted they still had an uphill struggle to get out of the bottom three, with an eight point gap to Brighouse Old Boys in 13th.

On the fight for survival, the legendary boss said: “To be honest, we are struggling.

“We had six changes on Saturday from the previous game, with 14 players unavailable.

“Nothing is changing.”

Declining player availability has been a constant theme across senior football clubs over the last few seasons, and the Gazette has led the calls for improved commitment with an on-running Support Grassroots Football campaign.

Ekin added: “The commitment we are getting is poor from a few players. It’s killing the club.

“It’s very frustrating for me and a lot more people who have been down watching for a number of years.

“Football is not the be all and end all like it used to be, I know that. I am not going to try tell them what to do. I just want them to play football and enjoy games.

“It’s frustrating for the chairman, Andrew Willey, and secretary Dale Binns. They have been here donkeys and seen it go the way it has.”

Ekin appealed for players to buck up their ideas and save the club’s Premier status over the dying embers of the season, starting with an almost impossible clash against in-form Horbury Town.

Horbury have been the surprise package this season, lying second to leaders Field, and beat Ripon City 2-0 on Saturday.

But Ekin believes the response shown on Saturday from his young side can stand them in good stead.

Robin Hood raced into a two-goal cushion before goals from Paul Scaife and Ross Mardon saved the day.

“The lads that played did tremendous,” Ekin added.

“At 2-0 down, I though ‘here we go again, it’s going to be another canine.

“But we got back into it and we had two good chances to win it in the second half.

“We have a tough task this Saturday as Horbury are a very good side.

“To get anything out of that game would be a massive plus.”