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Wetherby Athletic
Horbury Town
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Sat 22 Apr 14:30 - West Yorkshire Association Football League - Premier Division

REPORT: Wetherby Athletic 0 v 9 Horbury Town

Afternoon To Forget Rounds Off Wetherby's Home Schedule.

On Saturday, Wetherby Athletic welcomed an in-form Horbury Town team to the Ings. Horbury had just beaten a strong Carlton side mid-week and were gearing up for a League Cup Semi-Final clash against Beeston this coming Monday. Wetherby were buoyed by their own Cup-Final success against Kippax so both teams had reason to feel confident prior to the fixture. However 'lady luck' has been in short supply at the Ings this season and Mark was forced to make numerous changes to the side that overcame Kippax on Easter Monday. And the resultant 11 that Mark fielded were put to the sword by Horbury Town.

The opening exchanges were fairly equal until Horbury won a corner in comical fashion when an attempted clearance hit the head of a Wetherby player and went straight out for a corner. As the corner was whipped in it looked like it would end up on the nearby Rugby pitch, until out of nowhere a Horbury player appeared unchallenged to somehow reach the ball and divert it goal bound with his header. Seven minutes in and 1-0 down.

Again the next fifteen minutes were even as Wetherby attempted to level the scores. The build up play was neat and tidy, but the Horbury defence was extremely resolute and attack after attack broke down before any telling attempts on target could be made. Dom Creamer came the closest to levelling when a fine run and cross just evaded the goal.

However another attack proved to be Wetherby's downfall. The Horbury captain made a strong tackle on the edge of his own penalty area. He looked up and saw the impressive Gibril Bojang free on the left. The forward then powered into the Wetherby area and placed a powerful shot past Recchia in the Wetherby goal. Soon after Wetherby found themselves three goals down after a superb passing move was finished with a crisp shot from the edge of the penalty area.

It was now damage limitation for Wetherby, but unfortunately they were undone from another set piece on the stroke of half-time and ended the first forty-five minutes four goals down. Mark was in a no win situation at half time. This was the first time in a number of weeks when things just had not gone right for Mark and his team. His message was simply play for your pride and not give in.

Despite the team talk, Wetherby got off to the worse possible start in the second period by conceding an early goal. Five nil down and another forty-three minutes to get through.

As the half went on goals were leaked at various stages and the visitors ran out nine goals to the good. While Wetherby will feel bitterly disappointed by their own performance, credit must go to Horbury who were excellent on the day. The Wetherby back line will have nightmares about the pace and finishing of Bojang and their captain was a rock at the heart of their defence.

Well done to Horbury Town, who have had a great season.

It was a sad footballing day for the Forster family. Matty, who has played over 100 games for the Club will be leaving to pursue his medical career in Scarborough and everyone at the Club wishes him well for the future. The Horbury game was the last 'official home fixture' that Mark Foster will oversee as Manager and by his own admission this is one that he will quickly want to forget. However rather than dwell of the negatives Mark should be proud of all the success and enjoyment he has brought to the Club during his years as their Manager.

Time to move on and Mark will be wanting to 'right the wrongs' on Wednesday evening when Wetherby take on Headingley. This was due to be played at Headingley. But due to reasons beyond their control the game will now be played as a Wetherby away fixture, but at the Ings. Kick-off 6.30pm.

Match report by Andy Young.

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Key moments

Goal Goal for Horbury Town
Goal Goal for Horbury Town
Goal Goal for Horbury Town
Goal Goal for Horbury Town
Goal Goal for Horbury Town
Goal Goal for Horbury Town
Goal Goal for Horbury Town
Goal Goal for Horbury Town
Goal Goal for Horbury Town


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83:00 Goal 0 - 9
Goal for Horbury Town
80:00 Sub On
Arran Horton is substituted on for Wetherby Athletic
80:00 Sub Off
Tom George is substituted off for Wetherby Athletic
75:00 Goal 0 - 8
Goal for Horbury Town
67:00 Goal 0 - 7
Goal for Horbury Town
50:00 Goal 0 - 6
Goal for Horbury Town
47:00 Goal 0 - 5
Goal for Horbury Town
End of period 1
36:00 Goal 0 - 4
Goal for Horbury Town
31:00 Goal 0 - 3
Goal for Horbury Town
24:00 Goal 0 - 2
Goal for Horbury Town
5:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Horbury Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Wetherby Athletic
  • Horbury Town
  • 0
  • Goal 5:00'
  • Goal 24:00'
  • Goal 31:00'
  • Goal 36:00'
  • Goal 47:00'
  • Goal 50:00'
  • Goal 67:00'
  • Goal 75:00'
  • Arran Horton Sub On 80:00'
  • Tom George Sub Off 80:00'
  • Goal 83:00'

Team selection

Recchia, Mike Recchia, Mike
Forster, Matt Forster, Matt
Graham, Andrew Graham, Andrew
Brown, Jonathan Brown, Jonathan
Hand, Shane Hand, Shane
Creamer, Dom Creamer, Dom
Clift, Oliver Clift, Oliver
Tehrani, John Tehrani, John
Garside, Joe Garside, Joe
George, Tom George, Tom
Whiteley, Joe Whiteley, Joe

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. Hunslet Club 30 41
11. Knaresborough Town 30 40
12. Ilkley Town 30 34
13. Robin Hood Athletic 30 33
14. Oxenhope Recreation 30 25
15. Wetherby Athletic 30 18
16. Brighouse Old Boys 30 16

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