Final push for Wetherby as Bardsey celebrate

Old Centralians v Wetherb yAthletic West Yorkshire League sat 12th sept 2009'Craig Farrand of Wetherby passes
Old Centralians v Wetherb yAthletic West Yorkshire League sat 12th sept 2009'Craig Farrand of Wetherby passes

WETHERBY Athletic boss Eugene Lacy is blasé about his side’s chances of lifting the West Yorkshire Division One title tomorrow at Wyke on their final weekend of the season.

With promotion already sealed he feels it’s job done.

“We’ve achieved our objective,” he said.

“Promotion was what we set out to achieve. I’m not overtly bothered about the title.

“But if the players want to go out and win it for Wetherby that’s up to them.

“Wyke won’t be easy. It’s not the best of pitches there. It won’t be a walkover.

“And we are missing one or two. Some are working and Craig Farrand is going to have an operation.

“He’ll be a big blow because he’s been a good player for us this season.

“But it will give me a chance to give some of the younger lads a chance.

“Joseph Wilks is only 17. He came in last week and I slotted him in at right back. He did really well and he’s one for the future.”

Wetherby moved two points clear of Oxenhope at the summit of Division One last week after a battling 3-2 win over Robin Hood in their final home game of the season on Saturday.

Farrand levelled the match after an early Robin strike.

The game then looked to be heading towards the visitors when they made it 2-1 from the spot after a foul by Dan Allenby.

To add insult to injury the Athletic man was shown a straight red for the challenge.

But after re-grouping at half-time Andy Haigh levelled the match with five minutes remaining before Chris Charlton won the contest in the eighth minute of injury time.

“To score in the 98th minute was like a knockout blow to them,” added Lacy.

“They were down all over the floor. As soon as they kicked off the ref’ blew up. That’s how close to the end it was.”

See next week for reaction to Wetherby’s final game.

In the Premier League BARDSEY finished their campaign with a 1-0 victory away at Beeston on Wednesday night to avenge their defeat at the hands of their West Yorkshire rivals earlier in the season.

Joint bosses Martin Bradley and Lee Barraclough collected the trophy in the aftermath of the game to spark wild celebrations at St Anthony’s ground.

It brings to an end a superb season for the Keswick Laners.

Putting their League Cup and County Cup disappointment aside it’s been another successful year at the club.

They lifted the Barkston Ash Cup last month with a hard fought win over Wetherby.

They then clinched back-to-back Premier League titles earlier this month.

A mouth-watering derby against Athletic is something to look forward to for next season.

The club will now have reason to celebrate their success when they hold their forth-coming presentation night.