Boroughbridge prioritise league survival

Boroughbridge vs Whitkirk Wanderers

Boroughbridge vs Whitkirk Wanderers

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Boroughbridge boss Daz Ekin reckons one win would ensure his side’s West Yorkshire Premier future.

‘Bridge halted a four match losing streak last weekend after an improved performance held 11th placed Otley Town to a goalless draw.

It left them second bottom in the table as they still await the three points from the Rothwell saga to be added to the table.

Ekin’s side travel to East End Park on Saturday before the Whitworth Cup final on Tuesday against rivals Ripon Cit (7.45pm).

But the gaffer insists survival is taking priority and failure to beat Park could mean resting players on Tuesday.

He said: “A win at East End Park and I think we are safe.

“We need to make sure we are in the league. The Whitworth Cup final is secondary.

“If we don’t get anything against East End Park we might have to drastically weaken the team for Ripon.”

Mike Mullenger, Lee Sherriffe, Lee Brook, Liam Healy and Andy Layton all came into the side on Saturday and Josh Donnelly returned in goal.

Danny Webster, Mark Burniston, Jimmy Tucknott and Matt Thompson should all be back this weekend.

“We are stronger now than we have been all season and it couldn’t have come at a better time,” Ekin added.

“If the players think they can skive off on Saturday and then play in the cup final they won’t be playing.”

‘Bridge dominated Otley throughout but failed to score, despite hitting the bar three times and the post twice.

Ekin highlighted captain for the day James McDaid for an excellent showing in midfield and said his side were unfortunate to only draw.

He said: “The spine of the team was much stronger. Everyone knew we needed points.

“We just couldn’t beat their ‘keeper on the day. It’s a little bit disappointing we didn’t get the three points we deserved.

“But I am over the moon with the clean sheet. It has been a long time since we have had one of those.”