Ekin delighted as Bridge conquer leaders City

hsb  Boroughbridge v Hunslet Club.  Ben Jones  (131005M4c)
hsb Boroughbridge v Hunslet Club. Ben Jones (131005M4c)

A late goal from Ben Jones secured Boroughbridge a highly memorable 1-0 victory over West Yorkshire Premier leaders Leeds City on Satuday.

Now manager Daz Ekin will be hoping his troops can repeat the feat this weekend when they make the trip to third-placed Beeston St Anthony’s.

The City game looked to be heading for a nil-nil stalemate and the points shared until Jones popped up in the 93rd minute to fire in the winner.

For the Aldborough Road boss it was the result of the West Yorkshire Premier season so far, although a weekend trip away meant he wasn’t there to see it.

“I wasn’t there but I’ve been in contact with the lads and it’s an absolutely brilliant result,” said Ekin.

“I’ll be in for some stick at training because of it but it’s a great result, just fabulous.

“By all accounts it was backs-to the-wall stuff, and they were pushing us all the way right until they end.

“They hit the bar, hit the post and were cleared off the line but the lads worked really hard to the very last.

“Ben Jones got us the goal and I think it’s the first time we’ve beaten them at Boroughbridge.”

Boroughbridge were outplayed for large portions of the game, but man of the match goalkeeper Paul Diamond and his defensive line of Danny Webster, Liam Healy, Andy Layton and Steve Paffett performed heroics to keep the visiting attacks at bay, with the crossbar getting in the way the one time they were breached, and this meant they recorded a clean sheet.

Just as it looked as though Bridge had hung on for a valuable share of the points, the hosts’ day got even better.

An injury time free kick found its way to Jones, who finished with aplomb to bag all three point and send Aldborough Road into raptures.

Ekin’s men climb to sixth in the table with the victory, and with 21 points from their opening 13 matches sit 13 points off the top of the table.

But the coach is well aware that this weekend’s game will be just as tough, and he expects the same intensity from the team at Beeston.

“It won’t be any easier this weekend,” he said.

“It’ll be a tough game, Beeston are flying up there as well but hopefully they’ll see our result against Leeds City and realise what we’re capable of.

“We’ll certainly be trying to get something. The squad’s getting stronger, we just need to keep going and get some consistency.

“We should have some people back this weekend.

“Jimmy Tucknott, Martin Hutchinson and Marcus Philpott are all back this weekend so we’ll be strong throughout.

“Training has really picked up and work on fitness and we’re reaping the rewards.”