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NARG 1202182 Boroughbridge V Wetherby. Bb No 3 Wby No 9 (1202182AM3)
NARG 1202182 Boroughbridge V Wetherby. Bb No 3 Wby No 9 (1202182AM3)
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Boroughbridge boss Daz Ekin is in positive mood ahead of Saturday’s West Yorkshire Premier trip to Otley Town.

‘Bridge were beaten by title hopefuls Bardsey on Saturday, but the gaffer remained very upbeat about his side performance.

“Things are pretty good at the moment,” said Ekin.

“We’re doing okay and Bardsey are a very good side. It was a tough game but that’s the West Yorkshire League and I think we’ve really come on since the last time we played them so 3-1 was a big improvement.”

On Saturday, the slick surface suited the pace of Steve Mallory and Mick Toney and together with the guile of Rob Dickinson Bardsey were soon creating problems with John Swift producing an excellent save from Liam Corbett.

‘Bridge were not overawed and Fraser Lancaster, denied by Diamond, and Liam Healy both went close before the visitors were gifted a penalty. Dickinson stepped up to smash in the opener.

This was on 18 minutes and seven minutes later Dave Stead got round the back of the Bridge defence and when Corbett blocked Dickinson’s close range effort the ball bounced of the backtracking Healy for an own goal.

Bardsey continued and Dickinson was unlucky to see his effort come back of the post in the opening minutes of the second half and soon afterwards Thompson had a great chance to get Bridge back in the game but his chip from a Martin Hutchinson pass was just over.

He had a bit more luck on 68 minutes when his header from a Hutchinson corner reduced the deficit only for Jamie Thompson to restore the two goal cushion within minutes.

“We’re quite confident for this weekend, Otley have been struggling a bit,” said Ekin.

“So far I’m happy though. We had a lot of change over the summer and we’ve picked up some good new players so we’ve got a stronger squad that I thought we’d have.

“We’ve got Matt Thompson from Knaresborough who’s scored some good goals for us, and has softened the blow of losing Paul Eagling a bit. And Iain O’Hare has been a good replacement for Ben Clayton in themiddle of the park.”

Boroughbridge were lying fourth before last night’s game at Wetherby Athletic.

Bridge Reserves opened their account for the season with a draw at Old Headingley.

The home side took the lead through Daniel Burns with Carl Allen restoring parity before the break and Ross Mardon coming off the bench to grab the equaliser 15 minutes from time.