Late thunderbolt condemns Ekin’s sluggish ’Bridge’ to League Cup exit

Paul Eagling pic by Jamie Grubb
Paul Eagling pic by Jamie Grubb
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Boroughbridge twice let a two goal advantage slide as they crashed out of the West Yorkshire League Cup at 10-man Otley Town.

’Bridge failed to kill off the game when on top and were edged 4-3 in extra-time.

Heavy rain provided difficult conditions but ’Bridge took an early lead when Mike Mullenger directed James McDaid’s cross into the back of the net.

Paul Eagling then doubled the visitors’ lead on 21 minutes before Town pulled one back before the break, giving stopper Josh Donnelly no chance.

But within nine minutes of the restart, Eagling rifled home Baz O’Neill’s spilled shot for his second and ’Bridge’s third.

Town again grabbed one back later before the hosts were reduced to 10 with 25 minutes left.

As time ran down, ’Bridge looked confident of gaining their place in the hat for the next round.

But Town fought back and found the leveller with three minutes left when a stranded Donnelly could do nothing to prevent Town scoring.

The hosts then took the lead for the first time six minutes into the first added period with a thunderbolt from the edge of the box.

’Bridge searched for an equaliser but the Blues struggled to carve out a clear-cut chance.

Daz Ekin’s fifth-placed men return to league action this week as Beeston St Anthony’s arrive at Aldborough Road.