West Yorkshire League: Barden strike gets Wetherby Athletic up and running on opening day

Edmore Marau heads goalwards for Wetherby Athletic (Visualised Photography)
Edmore Marau heads goalwards for Wetherby Athletic (Visualised Photography)
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Wetherby Athletic enjoyed an opening day victory for the first time in four years as Mark Forster’s men recorded their first ever win over Horbury Town.

The home side started on the front foot with a cross by Ben Lambert picking out ex-York City player Jon Maloney whose snap-shot ricocheted off a covering defender.

Wetherby's Charle Yates  (Visualised Photography)

Wetherby's Charle Yates (Visualised Photography)

Eddie Murau was next to try his luck with a spectacular overhead kick, although his attempt was wayward and the ball sailed wide.

Horbury then showed they had attacking intentions, working the ball down the left flank before Luke Dubery’s challenge intervened at a critical moment.

Wetherby finally found the opening goal in the 34th minute when Josh Barden showed great strength to hold off a defender and shoot low past the ‘keeper from just outside the area.

Horbury looked for an instant reply, though were denied by Josh Buckley who reached an attempted through ball and cleared into touch.

man of the match Jon Maloney nods one across goal (Visualised Photography)

man of the match Jon Maloney nods one across goal (Visualised Photography)

The second period started in a more subdued fashion as both sides struggled to find supremacy over the other, although Liam Corbett, making his Wetherby debut, had to be alert to gather an in swinging free-kick.

Gradually, the home side forced their way back into the game and created several chances for Murau and Maloney, but despite getting most of their shots on target, the Horbury keeper repeatedly foiled the duo.

As the contest entered the closing stages, it was Corbett who kept Wetherby’s lead intact with a diving punched clearance that denied the onrushing Horbury forward looking to pounce on any mistake from the youngster.