Wetherby Athletic showing positive signs before West Yorkshire League season

Wetherby's Josh Barden in action against Harrison Signs (Photo: Visualised Photography)
Wetherby's Josh Barden in action against Harrison Signs (Photo: Visualised Photography)

Wetherby Athletic came away from their pre-season match against Harrison Signs FC on Tuesday evening with a 3-2 win - but a mad five minutes, in which they conceded twice, threatened to undo all their good work.

Following a nervy opening five minutes, Wetherby gradually gained control of the game with Tom Hesketh and captain Josh Barden becoming increasingly more influential in midfield.

Harrison survived an onslaught which saw the keeper beat out a fierce shot by Hesketh only for Freddie Jackson to crash the ball against the bar.

Wetherby finally took the lead when Hesketh cut off the left wing, beat two men and fired a fierce shot past the keeper and into the far corner.

The second half started with the Tangerines on the front foot again and they increased their lead when Jackson lifted the ball over the onrushing custodian after being found with a pinpoint cross.

The game seemed all over when Hesketh crashed home a penalty after Jackson had been bundled over in the box.

But a lack of concentration in defence saw the hosts score twice in quick succession when the ball was slid home past stand in keeper Charlie Yates from close range, and then an attacker drilled into the back on the net after being left unmarked.

Wetherby regained their composure and started to carve out chances once more with the best falling to Jack Cheetham, however he was unable to convert.

Athletic host Church Fenton on Saturday before their West Yorkshrie League campaign begins the following weekend at home to Horbury Town.