Bradford League: Improving team spirit is the key for Farsley

James Wainman
James Wainman
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OUTGOING Farsley chairman David Storr is calling for a renewed sense of team togetherness and esprit de corps next season – after their dramatic final-day relegation reprieve.

The Red Laners ended the Bradford League Division One season in dramatic fashion, winning on the final day against New Farnley to seal a remarkable Great Escape as they stayed up by one point at Undercliffe’s expense – largely thanks to inspired bowling from James Wainman and Neil Laidlaw.

It means Farsley will stay up in the new look ECB Bradford League next season, although Storr accepts that the club have a number of lessons to learn from a pretty abject 2015.

Top of the list is consistent numbers of players at practice and developing team bonding and unity in the process, with Farsley being disputed by injuries and unavailability last season.

Storr, who will take up a new role as first-team manager next season, said: “We are hoping to field a similar side, although we will probably get two or three new players next year.

“The lesson we can learn is that we have tried our utmost to get a good settled side from the world go. Unfortunately, our Australian went home after one game and then came back again later on. We need to learn that we need a settled side to play together every week.

“We were also unfortunate with injuries, but you also need 11 guys turning up every Tuesday and Thursday night for training. There are loads in this vicinity and you should be able to all practice and be together as a unit rather than be individual players.

“If you get four or five who are not there regularly, the team spirit is not there and you don’t bond. When Baildon won the league a few years back, they weren’t a fantastic team, but were in terms of togetherness. It was most apparent.”

Despite being the first to admit he has issues with the new-look structure in the Bradford League, Storr is at least grateful for small mercies in that Farsley will play their part in the top-flight next season.

He added: “We are delighted that we are still in the Bradford League Division One. We aren’t particularly in agreement over the new league and still aren’t, it’s no secret.

“Everybody is trying to accommodate new clubs in the new league, but we still need to look after clubs in the Bradford League, some of whom have been in over a hundred years.

“For us, lots of clubs may find it difficult to compete in the new structure. If you get relegated, it could be a nightmare.

“If we’d gone down, we’d have hopefully tried to get back up at the first attempt as we have done previously. But it would be more difficult the following year, with the two (new) Championships.”

The Bradford League second division concludes this weekend, with champions Morley and Scholes already promoted.