West Yorkshire League: Back-to-back Wetherby Athletic wins keeps boss happy

hsb  Wetherby Athletic (130928M6a)
hsb Wetherby Athletic (130928M6a)

Wetherby Athletic manager Mark Foster hopes his side’s victory over Knaresborough Town Reserves on Saturday gives them confidence for their upcoming run of testing fixtures.

Goals from Joseph Wilkes and Robert Stephenson helped Wetherby make it back-to-back wins in Division One of the West Yorkshire Football League.

Foster’s side face Brighouse Town Reserves in the West Riding County Cup on Saturday (August 4) before trips to high flying Beeston St Anthony’s and then league-leaders Field.

Foster said his side played good football against their local rivals and, despite their indifferent start to the season, are better than their current league position.

He said: “We realised how important it was to get the win against Knaresborough with fixtures against Beeston and Field coming up as neither of these fixtures usually yield too many points.

“We played a 4-3-3 formation and, because of that, we had to work so hard off the ball and the midfield three ran their legs off.

“It would be nice if we had a run of games against teams who were struggling after this one but we will just have to go out there and show what we can do.

“I don’t believe we are a bottom three or four side because we have real talent in the team. But it’s a really tough league where anyone is capable of beating anyone else.

“We’re going to turn up to these few games and the lads are going to have a go at them. Yhere’s nothing to fear.”

Foster said he will use this weekend’s cup clash as a chance to rotate his squad but admitted his team will go in as underdogs.

He said: “Brighouse Town Reserves are a very good side and they are definitely the favourites but we will see what we can do. “