Ekin credits Coghlin with Bridge upsurge

Paul Eagling in action for Boroughbridge

Paul Eagling in action for Boroughbridge

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Boroughbridge boss Daz Ekin credited the club’s upsurge in form to returning assistant boss Steve Coghlin.

’Bridge moved into the West Yorkshire Premier’s top five for the first time this season on Saturday when they saw off ten-man Whitkirk Wanderers 4-0 at Aldborough Road.

Young forward Ross Mardon bagged a brace while Paul Eagling and Barry O’Neill also hammered home goals.

Coghlin started working under Ekin before Christmas and his involvement has overseen three straight victories since the turn of the year.

And the gaffer said his new assistant has worked wonders since arriving.

Ekin said: “Steve has been doing a terrific job. He’s got the energy and enthusiasm to drill the lads and he’s got them really fit.

“I am loving it.

“I can sit back and manage the team and he’s putting an awesome amount of work into the coaching.

“He’s been the real reason to our recent form.”

’Bridge travel to Otley Town in the League Cup this Saturday.

Ekin hinted he would make changes to his side after putting cup success low on his agenda for the season.

Captain James McDaid could be rested to relieve a foot injury, while Mardon is away.

Substitutes from Saturday, Ben Mudd, Lee Sharif and Jimmy Tucknott could be given an opportunity to force their way into the first-team reckoning.

Heading into the League Cup last 16 tie, Otley have lost just one of their last eight matches.

And Ekin expects the tenth placed side would present a stiffer test than Whitkirk on Saturday.

The Leeds-based side had a man sent off within ten minutes at Aldborough Road, and Ekin admitted his team enjoyed a comfortable afternoon against ten men.

Ekin added: “They pressed the self-destruct button early on and then lost their rag with the referee.

“It could have been 8-0. We were just too quick for them.

“We talked tongue in cheek about a top five finish at the start of the season.

“We knew, with Ripon losing to Whitkirk last week, that we had an opportunity to break into the mix.

“Now we are up to fifth, it’s dizzy heights for us. We have hit a bit of good form and we hope it continues.”

Ekin also thanked ‘Bridge groundsman John Horner for ensuring an impeccable playing surface in Saturday’s clash despite the heavy rainfall that threatened the fixture.

“The pitch was in superb condition. It’s a credit to John and to the club. Boroughbridge is beginning to look like a really good set up,” Ekin added.