Wetherby Athletic inconsistent again as Bardsey boost title bid

NAWN 1210272AM1 Wetherby Ath V Carlton. Roy Neil. (1210272AM1)
NAWN 1210272AM1 Wetherby Ath V Carlton. Roy Neil. (1210272AM1)

Wetherby Athletic’s inconsistency proved their downfall once again as they lost 4-1 to Kippax on Saturday.

Des English’s depleted side were back in action last night when they hosted Rothwell after the News went to press.

Athletic suffered a defensive injury crisis during the Kippax clash leaving midfielders Brian Blewitt and Dan Slater playing out of position at centre half.

Defender Anthony Walsh (hamstring) joined Jonny Richards (thumb) on the treatment table before the contest and both are long term absentees.

Andy Haigh pulled up injured in the first half and central defensive partner Josh Buckley hobbled through the final embers of the game with a knee injury.

“It was frustrating,” said English. “We played well in the first half. We had three chances in their six yard box but then conceded two soft goals. We were confident at half-time but we were poor in the second half.”

It was a stark contrast to The Ings performance last week when they edged Brighouse Old Boys 1-0.

“The game mirrored our whole season. We played well in patches. We can play well and we can play badly,” English added.

“But I can’t be too hard on the players. It was hard to point the finger. It was one of those days where everything conspired against us.”

Seventh-placed Athletic host Field this Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm), a team that beat English’s side 2-0 last month.

The gaffer said: “They are a good footballing side. We were pretty punchless up front on that day and we conceded two soft goals again.

“We’ll use it as an opportunity to have a look at players from the reserves.

“Everybody has injuries, everybody has knocks. It is how we deal with it.

“We have nothing to lose. It’s an opportunity to relax and play our football.”

Meanwhile, Bardsey tightened their grip on the West Yorkshire League with two wins in a week.

Bardsey’s 4-0 triumph over basement club Pool on Saturday added to Wednesday’s 2-0 triumph over Ripon City.

Lee Barraclough’s side faced Leeds City last night hoping to extend their lead to six points at the top.

City slipped up to relegation battlers Carlton Athletic 2-1 on Saturday but second-placed Beeston St Anthony’s beat Otley Town 2-1.
Bardsey still have one game in hand on Beeston and the pair go head to head at St Anthony’s Road this Saturday.

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