Wetherby Athletic boss hoping to find more firepower from Tangerines squad

Wetherby Athletic's Freddie Jackson (Photo: Visualised Photographer)

Wetherby Athletic's Freddie Jackson (Photo: Visualised Photographer)

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Wetherby Athletic boss Mark Forster is hoping Jon Maloney’s return from injury and the signing of Brigg Town player Will Pierce can get the Tangerines’ season back on track.

Athletic have dropped down to 10th in West Yorkshire Premier following back-to-back home defeats against Leeds City 3-1 and Beeston St Anthony’s 4-2.

Forster was dealt a blow last week when young striker Charlie Yates moved to NCEL side Brigg and fellow forward Edmore Marau faces six weeks on the sidelines after pulling his hamstring.

Maloney has only played two of Athletic’s seven fixtures this season since signing from Harrogate Railway, both which have ended in victories.

And Forster is planning to use him in a forward role on his return from injury this Saturday when Athletic go to Oxenhope Recreation.

“He’s a fantastic player and hopefully we can get him back in this weekend,” said Forster.

“Hopefully both him and Will can bring something more to us because we have to start scoring some goals.”

Wetherby Athletic’s struggles at home continued after two minutes of hari-kari football turned a possible victory into a certain defeat against Leeds City 3-1 on Saturday.

The first goal arrived in nightmarish fashion for the Tangerines on 21 minutes when a long range free kick was quickly taken by Barrie Frankland and caught everyone out in the wall.

Two minutes later, it was all square as Tom Hesketh drove a low shot past the City keeper after some lovely build up play featuring Hadley and Murau.

The deadlock was broken again in the 61st minute as hesitation crept into Wetherby’s defence. Trying to clear their lines, the ball was played straight to a Leeds man who, in turn, crossed it back and Joe Tasker’s shot was thumped home past Liam Corbett.

Two minutes later and it was game over when another misplaced pass was easily intercepted by Tasker who had the simple task of rolling the ball home.

“The game was dead even and both sides were good in possession but not threatening goal,” said Forster. Two defensive errors and that was the only thing in the game. It’s very disappointing as we deserved at least a point from the game.

“The defence need to learn the lessons from that.”

Meanwhile, struggling Bardsey remain bottom after losing 5-1 at Brighouse Old Boys. Stewart Berry got Bardsey’s only goal in the 35th minute.