A late Khurram Shazad goal was enough to seal the win for Eccleshill United in the Bradford derby at Albion Sports yesterday. The 3-2 victory consolidates United’s 11th place in the Premier Division, whilst the beaten Lions sit uncomfortably just above the three teams battling it out to avoid relegation, writes Ian Robinson.
We caught up with Eagles skipper and scorer of their second goal Charlie Flaherty afterwards. “It was set up to be a good game, we came into it feeling confident but in local derbies you always know it can go either way. Fair play to Albion, they came at us and played well but we dug deep and the team spirit we have saw us through and we got the win. We were all buzzing after that and it’s a good place to be at the minute. We are all working hard for each other and getting good results. We go again now and try to keep the momentum going!”
Also, sharing his views of the game is Eccleshill Manager Sean Regan who was pleased with the result, less so the performance, as he explained. “It was probably not the best game to watch, on what was an awful pitch, but there were plenty of goals. We had to deal with a team that was very direct and we never really got into any real momentum as we normally would do. The massive positive is that we kept our cool and changed things which gave Albion something else to deal with and it paid off. It’s Eccleshill, our lads just never give up in any game at any one point. Credit to them.”