Bardsey show they are best in Field

Bardsey in action against Brighouse Old Boys

Bardsey in action against Brighouse Old Boys

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Reigning champions Bardsey leapt back to the top of the West Yorkshire Premier after a gritty 2-0 victory at Field.

Hotshot Robert Dickinson opened the scoring shortly before half-time after neat work from Thomas Lenaghan.

Field pressed hard to find an equaliser but Mike Toney settled the points 10 minutes from the end after finishing off a fine counter-attack.

“It wasn’t the best game in the world. It was a bit scrappy and they pressured us well,” said Bardsey boss Lee Barraclough

“We put our bodies on the line to keep hold of the clean sheet. Shaun Stevenson held everything together at the back.

“We were just happy to come away with three points after grinding it out.”

The league leaders travel to struggling Brighouse Old Boys on Saturday but Barraclough reckons it’ll be a tough outing.

He said: “They have had some funny results this year.

“As when everyone plays Bardsey, it’s everyone’s cup finals.

“We got beat up there last year. We want to avenge that.”

Dickinson is a major doubt for the trip after injuring his groin on Saturday.

The Keswick Laners have completed the signing of 29-year-old Harrogate Railway goalkeeper Chris Burrow and he should make his debut.

The champions have conceded just two goals in their first five games, a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed,

“I am over the moon with that start,” said Barraclough.

“It’s been a few seasons since we had such a good start.”

But forward Steve Mallorie has left after being snapped up by Skrill North side Bradford Park Avenue.

“That’s a big loss,” added Barraclough.

“I’ve seen John Deacey (BPA manager) at our games and it’s one of the pitfalls of playing at this level.

“They have offered him absolutely stupid money.”