Boroughbridge book League Cup final spot

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BOROUGHBRIDGE chairman Andrew Willey couldn’t hide his excitement after they booked their place in the final of the West Yorkshire League Cup on Tuesday night.

The Aldborough Road stalwart has seen good sides come and go over the years at the club.

He thinks the current crop assembled by Daz Ekin and his management team will continue to blossom if they stay together for next season.

It could be a cup season to remember for ‘Bridge.

As well as the League Cup they’ve also got the final of the Whitworth Cup to get their teeth into on April 28.

“The last three or four years the lion has been sleeping,” said Willey.

“But now it’s roaring again. It’s a tremendous achievement, I’m very proud of all of them.

“We have been away for the last couple of years which is unusual for our club.

“There’s no team with a better cup final tradition than ours. We’ve just lacked that little bit in the last few years.

“But I think we’re getting it back together. It’s good for the club and it’s good for the town of Boroughbridge.”

Goals by Ben Jones and a last minute extra-time header by Jimmy Tucknott saw off Pool 2-1 at Glasshoughton FC mid-week, see inside for a full report.

‘Bridge will now play the winners of Otley Town and Leeds City at Wakefield FC on May 5.

RIPON CITY assistant Paul Vincent has set his sights on toppling Carlton tomorrow when they two cross swords (away).

City had a Saturday rest last weekend ahead of a hectic run-in which will see them squeeze seven games in between now and the end of the season.

Ripon lose ‘keeper Will Wray and Adie Monk who are playing cricket tomorrow. The latter will captain Northallerton for the new campaign.

“You don’t know what you are going to get with Carlton,” said Vincent.

“In respect they are a bit like us. We’ve got a few players missing but hopefully we’ll have Tom Leeming back.”

BOROUGHBRIDGE RESERVES pulled off a crucial 3-1 victory over Knaresborough Reserves.

This was a must win for ‘Bridge if they were to continue their late, albeit outside challenge, for the Alliance League title.

There was little to choose between the two sides for the opening 45 minutes and it was early in the second half that the breakthrough came when Martin Hutchinson latched on to a through ball from Paul Scaife to slide the ball past Jordan Robson. The home side responded positively and showed why they are having such a successful season with some excellent build up play which resulted in Ashley Atkinson knocking home the equaliser.

‘Boro’ then looked the more threatening until ex-player Fraser Lancaster came up trumps for ‘Bridge as he drilled home their second from a Paul Scaife pass and Benji Slater latched on to a Jamie Birch header to snare the points.

Man-of-the-match was Fraser Lancaster.

‘Bridge Reserves then went on to beat Whitkirk Wanderers 2-1.

Lancaster came up with a brace to keep his side in the chasing pack but with all top four sides winning they remain in fourth spot. They did not have it all their own way and it was the visitors who created the better of the early opportunities but failed to capitalise on their chances. ‘Bridge were energised by an Alex Coombes effort that rattled the bar from fully 35 yards and minutes before half time a precision finish from Lancaster put Bridge on track.

Midway through the second half Dom Moyles chased down a speculative clearance to set up Aaron Dix for the simplest of chances and level matters for the visitors.

‘Bridge knew three points were essential and Lancaster’s second deserved to win any game as he latched on to a Baz O’Neill pass to smash home a right foot drive past a helpless Daniel King.