Worsbrough Bridge Athletic FC are set to finish this season in their highest position for 17 years following victory this week.
Kyle Wordsworth scored in the 51st and 58th minutes to secure a 2-0 home win over Glasshoughton Welfare. Bridge are seventh with 59 points from 36 games which is their best tally for five seasons.
With two games left, Worsbrough look likely to finish in their current position which would be their highest placing since they came third in 2001/02. Bridge fought relegation fights in the previous three seasons and battled against financial problems after previously moving away to Grimethorpe then Maltby during a dispute with the association that runs the ground.
Manager Lee Morris said: “I would have snapped your hand off for this at the start of the season, especially after the last few years the club have had. My aim was the top ten and we have done better than that so it is a massive step forward for the club. The players have worked really hard all season. It’s a lovely club and a family club so it deserves more success.”
Morris now wants more consistency to be able to challenge for promotion next season. He said: “I never know which Worsbrough Bridge will turn up. “We have beaten some of the best teams in the league but we have also thrown away a lot of points against lower teams. The lads and the volunteers deserve to be in the top two, but we have dropped too many silly points.
“To get more consistent players, we might have to pay a bit of money so I will have to sit down with the club’s board and see if that is possible. There are a lot of clubs in this league paying some really big money. We need to build on the momentum we have built up this season because I want to take the club up the leagues and make it one of the best in Barnsley again.”
Morris was pleased with the game against mid-table Glasshoughton. He said: “It was a good result and performance. We were very good in and out of possession. The only negative was the finishing. We could easily have had double figures if we were more clinical.
“We are going to one of the best teams in the league, Campion, next and we might only get a few chances so we need to make sure we take them. We turned them over at our place and we can do it again if we are at our best.”