West Yorkshire League: Boroughbridge ‘blew their chance’ at County Cup

NARG 1502071AM1 Boroughbridge V Salts. Andy Layton.  (1502071AM1)
NARG 1502071AM1 Boroughbridge V Salts. Andy Layton. (1502071AM1)

Boroughbridge manager Daz Ekin could not hide his disappointment at his side’s exit from the County Cup on Saturday, claiming his players ‘blew their chance’.

Ekin’s side twice took the lead in the match through Martin Hutchinson and then Danny Rimmell but both times Salts hit back after two goalkeeping mistakes from Paul Diamond.

That goal sent the game into extra time but ‘tired legs and tired brains’ cost Ekin’s side as they fell behind to a penalty after 110 minutes and could not fashion an equaliser.

Ekin admitted he was ‘gutted’ with the result on a personal level as he weighs up his Boroughbridge future, but also for the stalwarts of the club as he explained the competition ‘runs deep’.

He said: “I said before the match that we needed a little bit of luck in the game and we did get some but unfortunately it was bad luck and it was just not our day.

“It’s a tough defeat to get over and you could really hear a pin drop in that changing room after the game. It was a great opportunity but it’s up for me to lift them back up.

“I was personally gutted but it’s not just me. I’m disappointed for the stalwarts of the club, from the chairman to the groundsman, because the competition runs deep.

“It’s hard to take but that’s football. What goes around comes around and our main priority is still staying in this division.”

Boroughbridge turn their attentions back to their relegation fight on Saturday when they travel to a Wetherby Athletic side who have won their last five matches and are unbeaten in seven.

The last time the two sides met Boroughbridge were humiliated on their own pitch, losing 8-0 and Ekin is hoping his side can gain revenge with new attacking ammunition.

He said: “We’ve got Ben Jones back for the game which is hugely important because that’s where we’re lacking in our side.

“Scoring goals has been a massive problem for us. We’ve had Ben before he left for Ripon but there’s pressure on him coming back now because he’s in a team which is in the bottom three.

“We’ve only kept one clean sheet all season so we’re not going to go to Wetherby and win one or two nil so we know that we are going to have to go and score goals.

“Our defence has been a lot better recently. We’ve got training on Wednesday so we can assess some of our players because some of the young lads didn’t do themselves justice on Saturday.

“We’ve got some good young players at the club but it did not quite happen for them so we will see if we need to change it for Saturday.”