West Yorkshire League: Wetherby Athletic register win over Knaresborough Reserves

NAWN 1502142AM2 Wetherby Ath. V Boroughbridge. Wetherby's Adam Carter. (1502142AM2)

NAWN 1502142AM2 Wetherby Ath. V Boroughbridge. Wetherby's Adam Carter. (1502142AM2)

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Wetherby Athletic manager Mark Forster heaped praise on his side’s ‘solid’ defensive display as they overcame Knaresborough Town Reserves 2-1 at home on Saturday.

Forster’s side took the lead on 25 minutes after dominating the game early on through Johnny Hadley but Knaresborough forced a fortunate equaliser ten minutes later.

The mistake from Wetherby keeper Sam Moore knocked Wetherby’s confidence momentarily but Forster’s side restored their lead through a Joe Wilks header five minutes before half time.

Wetherby were able to hold on for victory in the second half to give Forster a league double over local rivals Knaresborough after beating them by the same scoreline in September.

Forster said: “The lads knuckled down after Knaresborough’s equaliser and got a goal of real quality even though we missed three open goals from inside the six yard box in the second half.

“I know where we need to strengthen for next season to mount a challenge in the league but I have been concentrating on the points total for this season.

“The most any Wetherby team has got is 37 but we now have 41. I have set them a new challenge of 48 which is double what we got last season and now we need to push on next season.

“I know where we need to strengthen and it’s a really good centre forward but it’s a challenge for me to find one and integrate them into the team.”

In the Alliance Division One, Wetherby Athletic Reserves stretched their winning run to 13 games with a vital 1-0 win over reigning champions Beeston.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until Des English’s side were awarded a penalty with just three minutes remaining which Matt Lombard cooly converted.

English’s side are now two points off league leaders Leeds City Reserves with six games in hand.