Boroughbridge are in League Cup action away at Robin Hood this Saturday, their target a quarter-final showdown with derby rivals Ripon City.
But for now, Daz Ekin’s troops are still reflecting on the bizarre drama of last weekend, and waiting to hear whether their 4-3 victory over Rothwell will stand.
Saturday’s superb comeback at Aldborough Road was marred by a disgraceful lack of conduct from the visitors, in one of the strangest second halves the coach says he has ever witnessed.
The East Leeds side had five players red-carded, giving the referee no option but to abandon the match in the 90th minute.
To add insult to injury, certain members of the Rothwell party then trashed the showers and damaged three doors.
Boroughbridge opted not to take the matter any further, but the club hope the league will see reason and confirm Ekin and Co can keep the three points they so badly need.
“I’ve never witnessed anything like it,” said the gaffer.
“They had one lad sent off after booting the ball into our supporters,and the last one was because their manager asked for their captain to get booked and get sent off.
“That gave the ref’ no option but to abandon it.
“We’re hoping that because the game got to 70 minutes it should still stand, but we’ll have to wait and see.
“I’m just hoping it does, because those points are precious and we need them.
“It was just crazy; we were 2-0 down at half time!”
The drama began in the 51st minute when last man Mark Burniston was wrestled to the ground by Rothwell’s ‘keeper. He was sent off but Ben Jones missed the penalty.
However Jones made amends three minutes later to give Rothwell’s stand-in no chance, but Rothwell then opened up a 3-1 lead.
Determined to get back into the match, Boroughbridge went straight back on the attack and James McDaid reduced the arrears with a 63rd minute goal before Jones restored parity 20 minutes later.
Then came 10 minutes of madness, beginning when Rothwell lost another man to a red card after a shoulder charge on last man Martin Hutchinson outside the area. Jones took advantage once again to to give Rothwell’s ‘keeper no chance and put ‘Bridge ahead for the first time.
But the red mist descended when a Rothwell player kicked the ball into a group of ‘Bridge supporters, hitting one, swiftly followed by red cards three and four for dissent.
With one minute left on the clock, Rothwell’s skipper earned a second yellow card, causing the abandonment of the fixture.
“I just hope it stands because Ben Jones’s hat-trick means he’d go top of the Premier Division scorers and he deserves to be there,” said Ekin.
“The league will deal with it but I hope Rothwell contribute towards fixing the doors, that was a disgrace.”
For now, Ekin is focusing on this Saturday’s League Cup test at Robin Hood.
But he’ll be without Ben Mudd, and is likely to field Jones for his last game before a shoulder operation.
“Robin Hood will be tough, they are a good side and they beat us comfortably last time we played them,” said Ekin.
“To be honest, we were ill-prepared for them then and we’re stronger this time round.
“It’s a game we’re desperate to win because we want to play Ripon City in the quarter-final.
“But we’ll be without Ben Mudd, who broke his hand against Rothwell after two minutes and had to go to hospital.
“He’ll be out for six weeks, and Ben Jones is playing his last match before his operation. He’ll be out for five months after that.”
Meanwhile, in Alliance Division One, Reserves lost 6-1 at Bardsey Reserves with Ryan Devine the scorer.
In the Harrogate League, Boroughbridge’s A team returned from Bramhope after a 2-1 loss, Lewis Barlow with the goal.