Daz Ekin wants improved Boroughbridge spirit

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hsb Boroughbridge v Field. Number 7. (120929M2c)

Boroughbridge boss Daz Ekin has urged his players to improve their attitude next season after his worst experience of player dropouts.

Boroughbridge’s ended their West Yorkshire Premier season on Saturday when Jimmy Tucknott struck a late winner to beat Brighouse Old Boys 3-2.

The win extended the club’s unbeaten spell to five games and left them eight points above the drop zone in 12th.

But boss Ekin cut a frustrated figure at the end of season loomed as he criticised attitudes earlier in the season.

“There were too many low points. Other than the Whitworth Cup final the season was pretty ordinary,” he said.

“We lost six or seven players at the start of the season and it meant we had to replace them. We didn’t do that.

“The amount of back words is the highest I’ve known in the 22 years I have been manager at Boroughbridge.

“There were only a few that played more than 20 games.It is a place where people should want to put their boots on and play. We were stronger towards the end but only because we got players back.”

Liam Healey slotted home an opener for Bridge against Brighouse but the home side bounced back to grab a lead.

‘Bridge showed their improved character though an a vintage Paul Eagling strike equalised before Tucknott scored a late winner.

Ekin praised his side’s showing and the club celebrated with their presentation evening in the evening.

Nick Creesley and Danny Webster shared the player of the season award while Jack Herron and Jake Fletcher scooped the reserves prize.

Creesey also claimed the club’s young player of the year but Ekin challenged the midfielder to add more goals to his game next term.

“When I first saw him I thought ‘this kid has something’,” he said.

“He can pass and tackle but he needs to work on scoring a few. Him and Danny deserve to be men of the season.Danny only played 11 games but he got six man of the match awards. Hopefully he’ll be back from injury troubles to play the whole of next season.”

Ekin admitted he was well on his way to constructing a new defence for the new season.

“Our problem has been stopping goals going in. We have let in a horrendous amount and need to half it,” he added.

“We are going to address that. Hopefully we can go into next season with a bit more confidence. On Saturday night, the club spirit was there. We need it from the start.”