West Yorkshire League: Boroughbridge keep place in County Cup

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Boroughbridge manager Daz Ekin said his side’s progression to the quarter final of the County Challenge Cup has left a ‘sour taste in the mouth’.

Ekin’s side were put through to the final eight of the competition after Bardsey were eliminated for fielding an ineligbile player in their fourth round clash against Boroughbridge o n January 3.

Despite Bardsey launching an appeal on January 19, West Riding FA ruled that it was the club’s responsibility to keep a record of how many cautions a player has received and upheld the original verdict.

Boroughbridge will now face Salts at home on February 7 and Ekin said his side will give the fixture their ‘best shot’.

He said: “It’s a tough one because I know Lee (Barraclough) very well and he’s a great kid. He had his heart set on it and they are a team capable of winning the competition.

“We’re not happy with the way that we’ve got through and we know they must be absolutely devastated and gutted because everything was geared for them to win it.

“Somebody has to go through and we tried to keep out of it but it just leaves a sour taste in the mouth because it’s people who we know.

“Salts seem to be on a par with Campion and we beat them quite easily earlier in the season so we need to recreate that form.

“It’s a winnable game and we could find ourselves in the semi final.”

Barraclough said he was disgusted by the decision to eliminate his side and has threatened to pull Bardsey out of the West Yorkshire League and fold as a club.