Bardsey Boss: We Want quadruple

9th February 2013'EP Sport, Your Club feature.'Bardsey FC.'Pictured Manager Lee Barraclough and his assistant Gary Melia.'Picture by Gerard Binks.
9th February 2013'EP Sport, Your Club feature.'Bardsey FC.'Pictured Manager Lee Barraclough and his assistant Gary Melia.'Picture by Gerard Binks.

Bardsey FC manager Lee Barraclough reckons his squad is strong enough to clinch a historic quadruple this season.

Bardsey stretched their league winning streak to six games on Saturday when they thrashed Kippax 7-0 as they moved four points clear at the top of the West Yorkshire Premier League.

Barraclough’s side have also reached the semi-finals of the Barkston Ash FA Challenge Cup and the County Cup and the League Cup third round.

The manager said: “We want to keep taking every game as it comes and try to win everything this year.

“We are going for the quadruple.

“It has never been done at this level and it would be an unbelievable achievement.”

Bardsey missed out on the league title by three points last season and Barraclough said he has learned from the injury crisis that derailed their bid.

He said: “We should have won the league but we had to play a reserve team towards the end of the season.

“We have strengthened up this year and are doing really well.”

Barraclough praised the aptitude of his players and said they have worked hard to keep everyone in the squad happy.

“Once you get the camaraderie in the squad the results look after themselves,” he said.

“You have to get them going through brick walls together.

“We have been rotating and tinkering and making sure people can play in different positions.”

The Kippax win, with goals from Robert Dickinson (2), Nick Black (2), Steve Palfrey, Stu Berry and Micky Longfellow, cemented Bardsey in top spot.

The manager said: “It was a lovely surface and it suited us down to the ground.

“We could have been 7-0 up at half time.”

They will move seven points clear of Leeds City with a win against East End Park on Saturday, with City in cup action.

They still have to travel to City and third-placed Beeston before the end of the season.

Barraclough said success has come from a high-pressing game forcing other teams into errors.

“We try to play with no more than three touches. There’s no long ball,” he said.

“It has been our secret to success and we have got our own way of playing.

“We have got a side that can dig in.

“If it is a rough game we can compete.”

Bardsey have tried to arrange league matches under floodlights to avoid a congested fixture schedule at the end of the season.

Barraclough added he would rather have the points on the board coming into the final embers of the season.

“I’m never confident.

“But when you are chasing you go into games knowing you have to win.

There’s more pressure on you,” he added.

“I like to give respect to every team.

“We will take every games as it comes and do our best on the day.”

West Yorkshire League

Premier Division pld pts

1 Bardsey 19 45

2 Leeds City 18 41

3 Beeston SA 19 40

4 Ripon City 22 37

5 Oxenhope Rec 16 33

6 Wetherby Athletic 18 27

7 Brighouse OB 15 26

8 Field 16 22

9 Boroughbridge 21 21

10 Rothwell 16 20

11 East End Park 16 20

12 Otley Town 19 20

13 Whitkirk Wandrs 21 19

14 Kippax 20 16

15 Carlton Athletic 20 15

16 Pool 20 15