West Yorkshire League: Wetherby aiming for perfect January after win

Wetherby Athletic have won three on the run
Wetherby Athletic have won three on the run

Wetherby Athletic’s electric form in the West Yorkshire league continued on Saturday with a 1-0 away win over Robin Hood Athletic.

A Matt Forster strike twenty minutes from time was enough to put the game out of the host’s reach and lift Athletic up to a season high of sixth in the league.

The win means Mark Forster’s side have now won their last three fixtures on the run, after wins over Shelley and Brighouse, and are unbeaten since November.

Forster downplayed his role in his side’s sensational form as of late, paying credit to chairman Angus Taylor and his players who have ‘warmed’ to Forster’s footballing approach.

He said: “There’s a real buzz about the first and second team at the moment. We are very lucky as a club because we’ve got a lot of good young players.

“This year we’ve put some older lads in the team, some have played two or three leagues higher and it’s been great for the dressing room.

“Tom Hesketh has been brilliant with Joe Barden, who’s just 20 years old, in the midfield and that has really set him free. Dave (Clement) in the back four has been a very calming presence in the back four.

“The players look up to them and it’s gone from there. Angus puts a lot of work in to try and give them a platform to play on but it’s down to the players who have taken the bull by the horns.”

Forster was adamant his side should have taken the lead earlier after Edmore Murau was brought down by the Athletic goalkeeper, but the referee deemed the foul took place outside the area and only produced a yellow card for the offence.

Despite being denied the penalty, Wetherby took the lead minutes later though a rare strike from Forster and the Wetherby manager is now targeting a perfect January with a win over struggling Ripon.

He said: “When I first saw the fixtures for January I thought they were good for us and a good run. They were middle of the road sides so I thought January might be a defining month.

“Ripon are a decent side and I have an awful lot of respect for Steve. My son played for Ripon as did quite a few of the players in my team.

“I wish they weren’t in the bottom three but we’ve got to go there and carry on our run. When we play teams around us we need to keep beating them because we are going to get a tough run of fixtures.

“The next three games are all winnable and that’s not being disrespectful to Ripon, Brighouse and Boroughbridge.”