RICHARD SPYCHALSKI will urge his Bay side to make up for the one disappointment of another successful season when they host Meltham in their final West Riding County Amateur League match at Syngenta tonight (6.15).
The newly-crowned champions will be aiming to take revenge for a 5-3 defeat by their Huddersfield rivals in the recent Premier Division Cup final.
In the league, Bay have been beaten only once – at Kirkburton – and manager Spychalski is keen for his side to sign off with a 25th win before he begins planning the club’s bid for a third successive title.
“It was frustrating to lose the cup final, but it’s fair to say the league has always been our priority, and trying to win it three times in a row is a real challenge,” said the man who has just completed his sixth season at the helm.
“We’ve won the title three times in the last four years and we were runners-up in the other of those seasons, but you have to keep moving in football.
“This is a competitive league, and in each of those seasons, we have faced a major challenger, first Campion, then Wibsey, who beat us to the title, then Storthes Hall and this time, Ovenden.
“In my view, the teams who have just won promotion from Division I, Tyersal and Albion Sports, are better than those who have gone down (Overthorpe and Hemsworth), so it will be harder than ever next time.”
So what has been the key to Bay’s consistency?
“I’m lucky to have a squad with a collective desire, determination and passion to succeed,” said Spychalksi.
“And we have a particular style of play which we have stuck to over the years, one of keeping possession, passing and moving, and because we’ve tried to adopt it throughout all our sides, players have found it easier to step in and out of the first team.
“Because we concentrate on the football rather than physical side of the game, I think young players find it easier to come into the side, and this season, we’ve introduced two or three teenagers who have made their mark.”
That has helped make up for the loss of Lincoln Adams, now at FC Halifax, and Steve Smith (Harrogate Railway) and Spychalski admitted: “It’s always possible that our players will get offers to move on, and I think we’re comfortable with that.
“Hopefully we will have enough other players to come in and do the same type of job.”
While Bay complete their fixtures, Meltham still have four games to go – and that after being in action on Monday, when they drew 2-2 at Hall Green United (Tom Matthews and Chris Brammall scored).
They host Golcar United on Saturday, go to Ovenden on Monday and are at home to Kirkburton tomorrow week, May 28, a match put back 24 hours from the original date.
Marsden were beaten 3-1 at Ovenden on Monday, a result which clinched runners-up spot for the Halifax side.
In Division II, Storthes Hall Reserves beat Golcar Reserves 7-2 with goals by Lloyd Jessett (2) Levi Maturine (2), Andrew Haigh, Mathew Mulvihill and Tom Fleming.
Richard Walsh and Jamie Byrne replied for Golcar.
Storthes Hall host West Horton tonight.