THEY missed out of the West Yorkshire Division One title but Wetherby Athletic boss Eugene Lacy is still happy with a successful season at The Ings.
Their final day defeat 2-1 defeat away at Wyke Wanderers opened the door for Oxenhope to nick the championship by a point.
Now attention turns to Wetherby’s next campaign when they will mix it with the big boys in the Premier League.
The gaffer thinks they can compete.
“I don’t see why not,” he said.
“I think we will hold our own. I’m not going to predict anything but I think we’ll win more than we lose. We’re all looking forward to mixing it with the big boys in the Premier.
“The squad isn’t going to get weaker, I will be strengthening it. It’s been a good season for us.
“We’ve got promoted. That was the be all and end all for us. We also ran Bardsey close in the Barkston Ash Cup final and they ran away with the Premier League so everything is looking rosy at Wetherby at the moment.”
On Saturday a win for Athletic would have sealed the Division One title.
However they got off to the worse possible start when a mistake from their ‘keeper let in Wyke to score.
The home side then went on to make it 2-0 before the break to leave Wetherby with a mountain to climb in the second period.
They made a fight of it ten minutes after the break when Adam Carter scored. But despite dominating the next 80 minutes they couldn’t find a way past the Wyke ‘keeper.
“The lads were all up for going out and winning it, they would have liked to have gone up as champions,” continued Lacy.
“With 20 minutes to go despite us losing we were still on course to win it (the title) as Oxenhope we losing. But they managed to turn it around and win.”
Lacy will now be planning for an assault on the Premier League but not before a well earned rest for his men after a hectic end of season schedule.