Disappointed Daz Ekin says Boroughbridge face a “tall order” to stave off relegation in the West Yorkshire Premier ahead of Shelley’s visit on Saturday.
Boroughbridge sit third bottom in the Premier and have only won two matches in their last 11 games.
The Aldborough Road club’s problems were made worse on Saturday when they exited the Whitworth Cup on penalties to Harrogate and District League strugglers Beckwithshaw Saints.
Ekin said: “The aim is not to be relegated and at this stage when you get beat by a Harrogate League team you’ve got to say that it’s a tall order.
“With two wins out of eleven games you’ve got to look at it and say this is a task that is going to be very hard to achieve. We’ve got Shelley coming down next weekend who are sat above us and if we lose that then we lose to Shelley in that race.
“Three go down and at the moment we’re in that three.”
Ekin’s men endured a poor first half against their lower league opponents on Saturday and fell behind after just 13 minutes. A long range Ollie Thackwray lob took a freak bounce over the head of Paul Diamond and into the back of the net.
It took until stoppage time for parity to be restored as Ross Mardon broke and fired under the Saints ‘keeper Keith McKenzie but despite an improved showing from the hosts in the second half neither side could find a way to break the deadlock,
Mardon spurned a golden opportunity to give his side the lead seven minutes into extra time and the hosts were again denied inches from the line in the second period of the additional half hour.
After an oscillating encounter over 120 minutes, the shootout was anything but with Beckwithshaw taking just three spot kicks to wrap up the match and progress into the next round with Rowe, Ben Lambert and Ben Parker converting their three whilst Jake Fletcher missed for the hosts and Andy Layton and Brandon Trower’s efforts were saved by McKenzie.
Afterwards, Ekin said he was “very disappointed” and gave credit to Keith McKenzie for an “absolutely fantastic” display between the sticks.
He said: “A penalty shootout is always a lottery.
“Their ‘keeper was absolutely fantastic, he made some great one handed saves. Fair play to them because they rode their luck and then the penalty shootout was no contest - they were absolutely brilliant.”