WETHERBY Athletic boss Eugene Lacy sees no reason why his side can’t beat local rivals Bardsey next Wednesday (6.30pm ko).
The Ings outfit are on a three game purple patch, blasting their way past Beeston, East End Park and now title challengers Otley Town on Saturday, by four goals to one. Andrew Brown, Robert Malone (2) and Nathan Peskett all found the net.
It means Lacy’s men are pretty much safe from relegation, barring a major disaster.
Now their boss wants them to finish on a bang as he targets a fresh assault on the division next season.
“The Bardsey game will be a good measuring stick for us,” he said.
“I’m not going to say we are going to beat them, because they are a good team, but we’ve got a lot stronger squad together than the last time we played them.
“They beat us 7-3 then. Now we’ve brought in a few and we’ve got three decent strikers who can all score goals.
“That’s made a big difference to us and it’s shown over the last few games.
“We’re safe now, unless something unbelievable happens.
“If I can keep the same players for next season I really think we will be challenging for the title.”
The brighter nights mean a more intense schedule for BARDSEY.
Lee Barraclough’s men were in action last night with a trip to Fleet Lane to play Leeds City in the semi-final of the County Cup.
They welcome Oxenhope Recreation in the league tomorrow looking to build on Saturday’s important 4-2 win over Ripon City.
The result has moved them up to second in the table with others going their way.
Knaresborough currently lead the way after they beat Leeds City on Saturday.
April is another busy month for the Keswick Laners who already have six fixtures lined up.
After Wednesday’s trip to Wetherby they are on the road to Sherburn on April 7.
The League Cup semi-final against Boroughbridge arrives on April 10.
A trip to Otley Town awaits on April 14 before a home game on April 18 against East End Park and finally a trip to Ripon City on April 21.
For more on Bardsey’s cup semi against Leeds see www.wetherbynews.co.uk
At the bottom of the pile SHERBURN WHITE ROSE’S must-win against Altofts went the way of the home side with Wayne Day’s picking up a 2-1 victory.
They are still in the bottom two, two points adrift of East End Park but with an important game in hand.
Tomorrow Sherburn are at home to Leeds City. Day’s men have a difficult few games to navigate with the visit of Bardsey coming up in eight days’ time.