Ekin praises ‘Bridge battlers

NARG 1202182 Boroughbridge V Wetherby. Bb No 9 (1202182AM5)
NARG 1202182 Boroughbridge V Wetherby. Bb No 9 (1202182AM5)

A FLYING Dave Burniston (pictured right) epitomised Boroughbridge’s display on Saturday.

Despite the heavy wind and a brutish Wetherby Athletic side, Daz Ekin’s men dug deep to pull off an important 2-0 victory over their rivals in the West Yorkshire Premier campaign.

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NARG 1202182 Boroughbridge V Wetherby. Bb No 5 Weth. No 11(1202182AM4)

Burniston, Ben Mudd, Mark Baranovksy and Mark Burniston provided the foundation for the win.

A returning Paul Eagling supplied the fairy dust upfront.

Tomorrow, meanwhile, is an extremely hard one on paper.

A trip to Leeds City awaits but after Saturday’s performance, Ekin is in the mood to party.

“We’ve got to go there confident,” he said in the aftermath of Saturday’s win.

“Leeds City are a good side but we’ll be up for it. Having Paul back on Saturday was a big plus for us, because he showed what he can do.

“He scored one and made the other. And at the back, I thought we were fantastic.

“Dave Burniston was my man-of-the-match. He was outstanding as were the rest of the back four.

“The main thing for us was the win, and of course we were delighted with the clean sheet.”

Chris Stephenson is a doubt for tomorrow after being taken off after a robust tackle on Saturday.

“His ankle was very bruised but luckily nothing is broken,” added Ekin.

“It was a bad tackle. Chris is a young lad and left his leg there. A more experienced player may have hurdled it.

“But luckily it’s not too bad.”

Ekin will also welcome midfield general James McDaid for the next two weeks. The former Harrogate Town and Railway player is currently at Pontefract Collieries.

But with no game in the pipeline for the NCEL outfit he is able to play.

BOROUGHBRIDGE RESERVES were held to a 1-1 draw against Leeds City Reserves. Paul Scaife scoring ‘Bridge’s goal. Meanwhile, the A teams game against Hillside was an interesting affair.

‘Bridge went a goal behind in the opening few seconds of the contest.

But, with the game going the way of their opponents, Chris Chapman stepped up to equalise with four seconds remaining on the clock.

l’Bridge travel to Knaresborough Town on March 10 in the quarter-final of the League Cup after Brian Davey’s men beat Glasshoughton Welfare Reserves 2-1 on Saturday.