West Yorkshire League: Wetherby proving the future’s orange

Dan Slater breaks with the ball for Wetherby Athletic gainst Hunslet Club.
Dan Slater breaks with the ball for Wetherby Athletic gainst Hunslet Club.

Wetherby Athletic extended their winning run with a 4-2 away win over Brighouse on Saturday and Mark Forster believes everything is going the club’s way.

Forster’s side are the form team in the West Yorkshire League with a seven match unbeaten run that has seen them score 17 goals and pick up 19 points.

However, Wetherby were forced to come from behind against Brighouse with Joe Barden’s penalty pulling the sides level.

Jonny Hadley then gave the Tangerines the lead but Brighouse managed to find the equaliser.

However, Barden’s second penalty of the match gave Forster’s side the half-time lead before new signing Adam Carter sealed the points with ten minutes to play.

Wetherby can extend their positive run on Saturday against Boroughbridge and will be feeling confident after humiliating Daz Ekin’s side 8-0 when the two teams last met.

“It will be an interesting game after beating them 8-0 on their own pitch and it could have been a lot more than that because we missed a lot of chances and they created nothing,” Forster explained.

“It’s difficult when you’re winning every week because there is an expectation that you will continue which is great in one sense because everything is habit forming.

“Boroughbridge are not a bad team but when you are losing every week you expect to lose. I imagine they will be hurting so will come and give it everything and with Ben Jones back up front we will have to be aware of his strength.”

The match is the first of three consecutive home fixtures for Wetherby but Forster has warned his side to ‘keep their feet on the ground’ as they prepare to host high flyers Horbury Town and Beeston in the coming month.

Wetherby Athletic Reserve’s season is going from strength to strength after reaching the semi-finals of the West Riding County Challenge Trophy on Saturday.

The Reserves showed battling qualities,fighting back from two goals down against Division Two side Rothwell Town to win 4-3 on penalties.

Second half goals from Liam McEntree and Neil Dickie forced the game into extra time before Chris Burt dispatched the winning penalty.

Mark Forster paid tribute to Reserve’s manager Des English for his hard work with the side and described their current form as a ‘fantastic achievement’.