Daz Ekin hinted that his 23rd season in charge of Boroughbridge could have been his last, after seeing his trophy holders beaten in the Whitworth Cup final on Tuesday night.
Bridge put up a brave performance against Northern Counties outfit and old foes Knaresborough Town, but fell down 3-1 at Harrogate Railway’s Station View ground.
The Blues can secure sixth in West Yorkshire Premier with victory over Oxenhope Recreation at Aldborough Road on Saturday, a result which would guarantee finishing above rivals Ripon City.
A sixth-place finish would represent a major turnaround from the relegation scrap Ekin masterminded his way out of last season.
But, after a “very difficult season” blighted with player absences and injuries, Ekin admitted he would spend time over the summer deciding if he should remain at the helm.
“I will have along hard think about it this summer,” Ekin said.
“I really am thinking that after 23 years, it could be a young man’s game now.”
He added: “I’ve been at Boroughbridge a lot of years. I have been playing first team football since I was 15. Thirty-five years is a long time to be associated with one team.
“I’m due a break, and I think I deserve a break.
“If there is someone that wants to take it on, and it’s the right person, I think the club should look at that.”
Despite losing key players Nick Creesey, James McDaid and Ben Jones to West Yorkshire League rivals Ripon City and Matt Thompson, Paul Eagling and Danny Webster to injury, Bridge have performed admirably in the Premier Division this season.
And should Ekin’s Blues beat Oxenhope, they would secure their highest league finish for ten years.
Ekin added: “It’s been a very difficult season. Losing players to Ripon, with the injuries we have sustained, we have nearly had a full team missing.
“We have done well in the respect that we could finish sixth, which is our highest place for ten years. We have reached the Whitworth Cup final and won the Charity Cup.
“In all, it’s been a pretty good season. But the injuries, and losing the players like James McDaid, Nick Creesey and Ben Jones, it put it on a downer.” Ekin’s men have drawn 13 of their 29 matches so far this campaign, and Saturday’s reverse against Recreation almost made it 14.
However, Ollie Bone’s 88th minute winner secured three points for the visitors, Ross Mardon and Brandon Trower also scored.
Ekin added: “We have only lost six games, that’s as good as any of the top four. There’s just been too many draws.”