Wetherby Athletic must end run - Forster

Wetherby Athletic v Thornhill West Yorkshire League League Cup sat 9th nov 2013 Jordan Hart  Wetherby looks round after tackling Nathan Kemp of Thornhill (SR1001/28f) Picture Steve Riding
Wetherby Athletic v Thornhill West Yorkshire League League Cup sat 9th nov 2013 Jordan Hart Wetherby looks round after tackling Nathan Kemp of Thornhill (SR1001/28f) Picture Steve Riding
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Undeterred Wetherby Athletic boss Mark Forster pleaded with referees to cut his side some slack ahead of their “most important game” of the season at Whitkirk Wanderers on Saturday.

Relegation threatened Athletic have not won for five months since beating Otley Town 4-2 in September, a run which has warranted nine straight league defeats.

Ahead of two crunch matches against fellow West Yorkshire Premier strugglers Whitkirk (Saturday) and Hunslet Club, the boss urged his young team to put an end to their worrying form.

“It’s like golf. You just get on the bogey train. With us, we just keep losing,” said Forster.

“I have pretty much used up all my Winston Churchill speeches.

“It is getting very dispirating. We have two massive games to come now which we have to win.

“By any shadow of a doubt, this is the most important match of the season.

“I am looking at it and thinking it mathematically,ot it’s us or Whitkirk.

“If we can beat them twice before the end of the season, with two games in hand, they’ll be struggling.”

Defender Josh Buckley will miss the clash. And Forster’s son Matty has also been ruled out of the season with a broken nose sustained in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Leeds City.

Title-chasing Leeds City cranked up the pressure on Forster as they denied the 10-man Tangerines thanks to a first-half goal.

But Forster was furious the referee’s assistant had allowed City’s strike as he believed the forward was offside.

The goal came minutes after Wetherby were reduced to ten men when Brian Blewitt saw red for kicking out.

And, whilst agreeing with the dismissal, Forster criticised the referee for not brandishing a red to a Leeds player in the build up.

And the gaffer’s seething mood worsened when the same linesman chalked out Jed Vale’s late leveller.

“We are just not getting the breaks,” he said.

“We are on the wrong end of refereeing decisions. The standard of refereeing is absolutely appalling.

“They just don’t see anything. It’s like they have never played the game.”

Athletic have 13 league matches left to turn their flailing season around.

And Forster backed his side to pick up the five victories he believes will see them to safety.

“We are playing well but the big thing is, we don’t score goals,” he added.

“We don’t deserve to be second bottom. If I took a poll of other managers, they do not want Wetherby to go down.”

Meanwhile, champions Bardsey’s clash at home to Whitkirk was postponed on Saturday. Lee Barraclough’s men travel to Boroughbridge this Saturday (kick-off 2pm).

Meantime, Wetherby Athletic’s Ladies side had their clash against Sheffield Wednesday postponed on Sunday.