Scrappy Wetherby pass tricky Swillington test

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THEIR boss described the game as a “farce” but it was another crossed off for Wetherby Athletic in their search of West Yorkshire Division One promotion.

Manager Eugene Lacy had a feeling last week their trip to basement boys Swillington Saints could have been a banana skin.

And so it proved as the bottom club held Wetherby for 87 minutes until Craig Farrand broke the deadlock for the 1-0 win.

Lacy’s men are on the road tomorrow when they visit Baildon Trinity Athletic for another important league fixture.

“Baildon beat us twice last season, first on the first day of the season when we underestimated them to be honest,” he said.

“They are a big team, physical. I wouldn’t say it’s a revenge mission we’re just going there looking to get another three points.”

As for Saturday’s game Lacy had this to say.

“It was an absolute outrage.”

“We got there and there were no changing facilities, we had to get changed in the cars, it was like going to a kids game. Then there was a Vets game on the main pitch so they stuck us on the rugby pitch and set up the goals in front of the rugby posts.

“The pitch was full of holes and divots, very difficult to play football. But having said that we started quite well. We had the majority of the play, I can’t remember our ‘keeper having a touch apart from goal kicks.”

Wetherby had chances to take the lead before Farrand’s late strike.

New signing Ryan Aujla missed a penalty for the away side and Farrand had a goal disallowed before grabbing the winner with the clock ticking.

“It was just an odd day all round.” added Lacy.

“But I suppose you look back on it and we managed to get the win which is the most important thing. Other results went our way too with Robin Hood losing and Kippax not having a game.

“It means now it’s all in our own hands.”

BARDSEY got over their disappointment of being kicked out of the County Cup last week with an important 4-2 victory over East End Park on Saturday in the Premier League.

With Knaresborough drawing against Beeston it means Martin Bradley’s side are now just seven points behind the leaders with five games in hand.

The Keswick Laners have two league games to get their teeth into before the end of the month.

Tomorrow they welcome Pool before a trip to Fields in eight days’ time.

SHERBURN’S game against Field was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on Saturday.

They will look to get back to action tomorrow with a trip to Beeston.