Formidable Bridge hit County Cup ‘purple patch’

NARG 1311022AM10 Boroughbridge V Ventus Yeadon Paul Eagling. (1311022AM10)
NARG 1311022AM10 Boroughbridge V Ventus Yeadon Paul Eagling. (1311022AM10)

Gaffer Daz Ekin hailed his Boroughbridge side after the Blues smashed six to progress in the West Riding County Cup.

Captain James McDaid bagged a brace as ‘Bridge hammered West Riding County Amateur side Ventus Yeadon Celtic 6-2 at Aldborough Road on Saturday.

Bridge had notched up a five goal cushion at half-time and the gaffer saluted the “purple patch” his players found.

He said: “There’s something special about the County Cup. Everyone was quite bubbly and we started fast.

“We never looked back after getting a soft penalty early on. The goals just came thick and fast.

“At once stage, I thought we were going to have to put our hands in our pockets because we promise a round of drinks if they get double figures.

“I was expecting them to be really in our faces but after the penalty they were shell-shocked.

“After the break they put themselves about a bit more. But 5-0 was too much to turnaround.”

McDaid’s double, including a sixth-minute penalty, took his season goal tally to nine whilst Jimmy Tucknott, Paul Eagling and Baz O’Neil were also first-half scorers.

Ventus hit back with two goals after the restart before Ben Jones smashed home a super scissor-kick to settle the scoring.

“It was such a good finish. We are scoring some great goals at the moment,” said Ekin.

“There was only him who could score it.”

The victory set-up a landmark third-round tie at rivals Ripon City, a fixture Ekin has never experienced in the County Cup.

And, with his side in top form Ekin is dreaming of a return to the club’s County Cup glory days of the late 1990’s.

He added: “The game against Ripon is going to be mindblowing.

“People are already buzzing about it.

“It’s going to be a big day for everyone involved with both clubs.

“This is a one off and a good chance for both sides to get through.”

Bridge’s next fixture will be against Ripon next Saturday at Mallorie Park in the West Yorkshire Premier, after this weekend’s League Cup clash at Barwick was postponed.

Ekin admitted his frustration at the lack of match this Saturday.

“It’s come at a bad time for us. We are on a great run and on a roll,” he said.

“But there’s a couple of lads, last season’s player of the year Nick Creesey being one, that are coming back to fitness and it will give them a bit of time.”

After Ripon, Bridge will host table-topping Leeds City before an away trip to 2011/12 champions Beeston St Anthony’s.

And the gaffer knows the matches could shape a different outlook on the table come December.

“It’s going to be absolutely massive for us” he said.

“”We have lost twice in 15 games which is great. Let’s hope we can keep it going.”