boss Mark Forster says mistakes are stalling Wetherby Athletic’s potential as the manager sets his sights on silverware in the Barkston Ash Cup.
Dramatic photos emerged of Wetherby’s The Ings ground being under several feet of water on Monday, but not before Saturday’s 2-2 draw with visiting Hunslet Club in the West Yorkshire Premier. Jon Maloney and Liam McEntee notched for the Tangerines who sit eighth – yet Forster has strong reason to believe his men could be higher.
Athletic return to action in the Barkston Ash quarter-finals at Clifford and Forster said: “When we are at our best we can beat anyone but we need to cut out the mistakes which are costing us goals.
“It’s the search for consistency now that will yield the points and progression up the table as well as going as far as we can in the cups. Clifford will prove to be a decent side and will be highly motivated to put one over on the higher ranked club. We will approach it in the right way and I will field the strongest team I can. This is a cup we have targeted and we want to win it.”
A combination of desperate weather and County Cup games decimated the weekend’s programme but Shelley boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a 5-0 win at home to Wyke Wanderers.
Division One leaders Stanley United were held to a 1-1 draw at Whitkirk Wanderers despite netting through Russell Gill. Hartshead won 4-3 at Ilkley Town with a Jamie Wasley double plus goals from Liam Gowan and Jon Jo Keogh in the face of a home brace from Daniel Henderson plus a Daniel Bott strike. Old Centralians obliged at bottom-club Ripon City 3-1 thanks to a brace from Brendan Mullen and Daniel Dasalou’s goal, while Kippax beat visiting Aberford Albion 2-1. Goals from Ben Clayton and Duncan Terry gave Boroughbridge a 2-0 success at home to East End Park.
Great Preston moved third in Division Two with a 3-2 win over leaders Hall Green United. Goals from Tom Davis, with a brace, and Callum Harrison outweighed Clifton Firth and Jamie Miller’s efforts. Ossett Common Rovers blitzed second-placed visitors Huddersfield Amateur 4-1 with goals from Ben Baines, Daniel Fletcher, Lee Payne and Benjamin Taylor. Elsewhere, a Robert Anderson’s hat-trick plus strikes from Kieron Baker and Andrew Gibbons gave Kellingley Welfare a 5-3 victory over visiting Garforth Rangers.
In the League Cup, goals from Daniel Chadwick, Harry Higgins and Tristan Holdsworth gave Otley Town a 3-1 win at home to Howden Clough who struck through Daniel Broadbent. Sherburn White Rose romped in 7-2 at Rothwell Town with an Aaron Hodgson brace plus goals from Alex Booth, Andrew Conway, Vincent Lund, Danny Middleton and Nick Banks.