Bardsey await ‘biggest’ derby

Bardsey v Wyke Wanderers West Yorkshire League League Cup sat 6th april 2013'Mickey Longfellow of Bardsey and Martin Hall of Wyke chapllenge for the ball
Bardsey v Wyke Wanderers West Yorkshire League League Cup sat 6th april 2013'Mickey Longfellow of Bardsey and Martin Hall of Wyke chapllenge for the ball

Bardsey boss Lee Barraclough expects a fiercely contested derby away against a Whitkirk Wanderers “dream team” on Saturday.

Goals from Danny Moore, Robert Dickinson and an own goal helped Bardsey cruise past Field 3-1 on Bank Holiday Monday.

Barraclough’s men also beat Brighouse Old Boys 3-1 on Wednesday, with goals from Dickinson, Matt Dalton and Steve Palfray.

Bardsey slipped to second over the weekend when Beeston St Anthony’s won their final two fixtures.

Barraclough reckons his side need four points to ensure the title as Oxenhope Recreation still pose a threat with two games in hand.

The gaffer expects Whitkirk to call on signed on players from higher leagues as they bid to overcome their relegation struggle.

He said: “It’ll be a strong physical game with a lot of people there. Everybody knows everybody.

“This game is the biggest Bardsey-Whitkirk fixture I can remember.

“They have to win to stay up. They will be pulling a dream team together.

“I don’t blame them for doing it as they are eligible but it could cost us the league title.

“If that’s what they have to do to beat us then I see it as a back handed compliment.

“I won’t need to do a team talk. Everything is setup for an explosive atmosphere.

“It is one of those days you want to be involved in.”

Barraclough was impressed with his side in Monday’s win over Field despite saying they were under par.

He said: “It was a hot day. We were strolling a bit and we switched off and then conceded.

“That was frustrating and you need all the goals that you can get at the end of the season.

“But I was happy with the three points. That’s all you can ask for.”

Matt Dalton scored a “cracker” against Brighouse as goals from Steve Palfray and Dickinson earned the win.

Barraclough added: “Matt took it past five or six players. He’s foot but three foot wide. He’s lightning.”

Meanwhile, Bardsey Reserves completed a club Barkston Ash double when they clinched the Active8 cup final on Monday.

Goals from Seb Brownrig and Taylor Starkey saw Bardsey past Sherburn 2-0 as Robert Hoult took the man of the match.

Barraclough highlighted the work of reserves coaches Mark McNamara, John Starkey and Ken Dempsey.

“The seconds is a thankless task. He’s got me pillaging his players all the time,” he added. “They have had a good season.”