West Yorkshire League: Perfect January challenge for Wetherby Athletic

Jonny Hadley takes the ball for Wetherby Athletic against Hunslet Club.
Jonny Hadley takes the ball for Wetherby Athletic against Hunslet Club.

Wetherby Athletic manager Mark Forster has challenged his side to win all five of their January fixtures after their 4-2 victory at home over Shelley on Saturday.

Jack Emmett opened the scoring after 15 minutes before Johnny Hadley doubled their advantage ten minutes later with Charlie Yates adding a third on the half hour mark.

Shelley threatened to draw level after pulling a goal back before half time and then scoring a 90th minute penalty after Matt Forster handled in the area.

Forster heaped praise on his goalkeeper Sam Moore after the match as the 6ft 4 stopper denied Shelley a last minute winner before setting up Edmore Marau for a debut goal.

The Wetherby manager is now targeting four more wins in January with games against Brighouse, Boroughbridge, Robin Hood and Ripon to come.

He said: “The big thing is the lads are starting to believe that they can move up the table because this is the highest we’ve ever been.

“We don’t want to get too carried away with this because there are three or four teams in and around the same points as us but it’s a massive month for us.

“If we can win all five games in January then nobody needs to worry about looking down anymore. We want to be concentrating on how far we can finish up the league.”

Wetherby have collected 21 points from 16 games this season, after collecting just 24 last season, and Forster said his squad is still improving.

He said: “Wetherby is a big town and we should be doing better but it does all come down to getting the players in.

“The Chairman has gratefully put his own money in with fundraising and has done a great job. It really does come down to who you can get to play for the club.

“We have some great home grown players who are proud to play for the club but we’ve also brought some quality players in as well, such as Tom Hesketh.”