Win can inspire run - boss

Beeston St Anthonys v WSetherby Athletic West Yorkshire League Premiker Division sat 10th march 2012'Sean Jeavons   of Beeston St Anthonys is foiled by an outstretched leg of Wetherby Athletic defender Joe Bardon

Beeston St Anthonys v WSetherby Athletic West Yorkshire League Premiker Division sat 10th march 2012'Sean Jeavons of Beeston St Anthonys is foiled by an outstretched leg of Wetherby Athletic defender Joe Bardon

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Wetherby Athletic manager Des English is eyeing back-to-back WYA Premier Division wins with victory at East End Park on Saturday (2.30pm).

Wetherby thrashed Whitkirk Wanderers 5-2 on Saturday, in only their fourth game in ten weeks.

Now, the boss is urging his side to go on a winning run in the league, in a bid to improve on their current sixth position.

He said: “We had a great win at the weekend, but it was just three points.

“We need to use it as a stepping stone and get a run going.

“That starts this Saturday, at East End Park”

Ahead of the match, the manager said: “It will be a physical encounter, we are under no illusions about that.

“They are a tough side, and they beat Ripon City recently.

“I won’t say it is a foregone conclusion, but we might have to mix up our play a little bit.”

Wetherby reserves lost 3-2 at East End Park reserves on Saturday, a match which gives the manager reason to be wary of the Leeds side’s Skelton Road pitch.

English said: “The pitch is really heavy and bobbly, which will affect the way we play.

“Our pitch was heavy at the weekend, but the wind had got rid of much of the rain.

“It is always difficult to change a winning team.

“However, we will have to go in and be stronger and more physical.”

On Saturday, Neil Dickie put Wetherby ahead, before Whitkirk responded through a free-kick.

Dickie was then played in by captain Brian Ross to make it 2-1.

Josh Buckley scored on the stroke of half-time as the hosts went in 3-1 ahead.

Ross got on the scoresheet after the break to put Wetherby into a commanding 4-1 lead, before Whitkirk pulled one back.

The returning Joe Bardon came off the bench to head in his side’s fifth from a corner.

Reflecting on the match, the manager said: “It was a big win for us.

“We were disappointed with the goals we conceded, but it was one of those days where everything seemed to go right for us.

“With the run we have been on, it was pleasing first to get a game on, and also to get the win.”

The manager revealed he had been expecting his squad to tire as the match wore on.

He said: “We looked a bit tired towards the end, but we said before the match we would have to keep working hard through that.

“The substitutes did very well, so from a squad point of view it was pleasing.”

Bardon played for the final 25 minutes, and English will continue to ease him back into first team action.