english: let’s go on a run

Wetherby Athletic boss Des English called on his side to knuckle down and consistently perform after producing one of their best wins this term.

A Neil Dickie goal edged Athletic past Brighouse Old Boys 1-0 on Saturday to bolster their West Yorkshire Premier top half ambitions.

The Ings next face Kippax at home (kick-off 2.30pm) followed by welcoming sixth-place rivals Rothwell on Wednesday (6.15pm).

Athletic sit two points above Rothwell in the sixth spot but Wednesday’s visitors have three games in hand.

English pointed to the table and said the side’s 11 wins and 12 defeats proved they lacked regularity.

The gaffer said: “I am viewing Saturday as big a game as any.

“The only thing that is letting us down is our consistency. We need to knuckle down.

“The lads are sick of being viewed as inconsistent.

“We need to look to go on a little run at the end of the season and starting on Saturday.”

English said the Old Boys victory delighted the squad after six players were missing.

“It was as good a win as we have had,” he said.

“We wanted to stop giving soft goals away and Josh Buckley and Anthony Walsh were superb at the centre of defence. The whole back four were excellent.

“Their ‘keeper was busier than ours but we were good value for the win.”

Joe Wilkes failed a late fitness test last week but English hopes he and Joe Bardon will be available for Kippax.

English hailed the reserves who replaced his regular charges and said he will keep faith this week.

He said: “It shows the depth of the squad I have got.

“We wanted a committed club. Players like Navi Sidhu came in and did excellently.

“I have got lads coming back but it is going to be difficult to change a winning side.”

The Leeds-based side beat Wetherby in the Barkston Ash Cup but English wants a repeat of their league meeting when his side won 2-1.

He said: “They will come scrapping for their lives and I am sure they will think we haven’t got much to play for.

“They are a hard working team. If we go with the attitude that we are safe we will get done over.

“It is all on us. If we want to develop we have to stop taking a step forward and two steps back. Rothwell beat us 3-0 at their place and they are in and around us in the league.”

English said the club would like to congratulate Bryan Ross and wife Lynsey on the birth of their first child.

Athletic host a race night on May 4 at the Ings. Tickets are available for £3.