BOROUGHBRIDGE boss Daz Ekin feels Bardsey’s shock disqualification from the County Cup presents his side with the ideal opportunity to move through to the semi-final of the competition.
The mid-week drama came about after Carlton Athletic put in an official complaint to the West Riding FA regarding Harrogate Railway player Steve Palfrey who played for Bardsey in Saturday’s fourth round extra-time victory over Athletic.
After an emergency meeting it was discovered Palfrey was ineligible because he played for Railway within the 28 days of the date fixed for the Carlton game.
It means ‘Bridge will now travel to Carlton tomorrow (1pm ko) in the last eight of the competition instead of a trip to Keswick Lane.
“It’s a great opportunity for us now,” said Ekin.
“It is a shame for Bardsey. They were very keyed up for winning the County Cup.
“But we’d much rather be playing Carlton. I just need to ring around the lads and get them buzzing for this now.”
‘Bridge come into the game smarting from Saturday’s 3-1 league slip up at Beeston.
But their boss has told his men to put that out of their memory immediately.
“We’ve got a few missing.
“The big blow is Steve Tovey who is missing.
“Andy O’Hare can’t play, there’s no Philpott, Ben Mudd can’t make it and of course Andy Layton is missing.
“That’s pretty much all of our back four which is far from ideal.
“But we’ve got to get over that. There’s not much we can do about that now.”
On Saturday ‘Bridge put in another enervated performance.
Beeston deserved their half time advantage.
Though ‘Bridge started the second half in much brighter mode and within five minutes had equalised through a Paul Eagling free kick.
Three minutes later they failed to clear a home corner and Sean Jeavons was on hand to put them back in front.
Beeston added a third on 87 minutes.
‘Bridge man of the match was Tom Smith.
RIPON CITY will be looking for more of the same tomorrow when they welcome Whitkirk in the West Yorkshire Premier Division (2.30pm ko).
“We owe them one for earlier in the season,” said boss Charlie Brown.
“It’s another important game for us.”
On Saturday City went into their must win over Kellingley strongly.
City had the ball in the net after only five minutes but the goal was deemed offside despite the player taking the ball through on his own.
However City were undeterred and were soon ahead when new signing Dan Clayton’s cross was smashed home by George Medd. City showed no sign of slowing after resuming play and the same combination of Clayton and Medd gave City a well deserved second. Kellingley had no answer to Tom Leeming’s great run to give City their third and Leeming his first since return from injury.
The only concern for manager Brown was the injury to leading scorer James Charlesworth who was replaced after 15 minutes.
RIPON CITY RESERVES drew 1-1 with Whitkirk Reserves.
Dave Hill scored the goal to level the score a secure a valuable point for the visitors.
BOROUGHBRIDGE RESERVES beat Carlton Reserves 3-0. Ryan Watts (penalty); Jamie Smith and Martin Hutchinson scored the goals and Alex Coombes was MOM.
BOROUGHBRIDGE A beat Pool A 7-1.
Jake Fletcher, Player/Manager Chris Chapman (2), Luke Fletcher Paul Scaife, Josh Spenser, Blanchard and Steve Warburton all scored for ‘Bridge.
On Sunday CITY beat local rivals BOROUGHBRIDGE 3-2. ‘Bridge went 2-0 up through Paul Scaife and Ollie Bone.
City hit back with goals from Darren Dennis (2) and Mark Marsden to take all three points.