West Yorkshire League: Wetherby Athletic boss takes positives from Field defeat

Wetherby Athletic goalkeeper Liam Corbett on the ball (Photo: Visualised Photographer)
Wetherby Athletic goalkeeper Liam Corbett on the ball (Photo: Visualised Photographer)
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Wetherby Athletic manager Mark Forster was full of praise for his side despite losing 1-0 away to reigning champions and league leaders Field at the weekend.

Wetherby went down to a sublime goal by Field’s Josh Penn, who rifled in a sweet strike on the volley in the first half.

But the Tangerines’ boss paid credit to his side’s defensive rearguard and said they could take several positives out of the defeat

It was only the second time this season Field have failed to score more than one goal in a match, and Field boss Steve Vickers visited the away dressing room after the game to congratulate the effort put in by the young Wetherby squad.

Forster said: “Their manager came into the dressing room after the game and said that was the toughest match they’ve played this season.

“We obviously got nothing from the game but the mood of the lads wasn’t like a defeat because the performance and their commitment was top draw.”

Their manager came into the dressing room after the game and said that was the toughest match they’ve played this season.”

Mark Forster

In a game that was slow to start, much due to a very wet and heavy pitch, the match was decided in the first half thanks to Penn’s quality finish.

Wetherby failed to deal with a cross/shot that found it’s way to Penn, who rifled in a sweet strike on the volley.

“I thought our application was good and we looked very solid at the back” said Forster,

“We’ve got seven lads in the side who are 21 or under and to play the way we did today, we can take real positives.

“In the second half we had two or three good chances which we possibly could have done better with as well as a big shout for handball turned down.

“Liam Corbett in goal had a terrific game, he looked assured in net and deserves a special mention for some of the saves he made.

“Josh Buckley at the back needs a mention too for standing tall against their centre forwards. One of their strikers even went up to him after the game and shook his hand, he was that good.”

Wetherby currently sit eighth in the Premier Division with four wins and four losses from their first ten games.

But Forster was quick to point out his side have faced already faced the majority of the harder opposition in the league thus far – and was confident his young side could mount a serious rise up the table over the winter months.

He added :“In our first ten games we’ve already played the seven teams above us. We came up against a real quality side , they’re reigning champions and top of the league for a reason.”

Next up for Wetherby is a trip to Wyke Wanderers this Saturday. The hosts sit four places below Wetherby in 12th, and Forster was hopeful his side could match their opponent’s perceived physicality.

The boss added: I’ve heard Wyke have the worst pitch in the division and beat a very physical Otley side recently so we’re taking nothing for granted.”