Forster questions ref as Bardsey take derby win

Wetherby v Bardsey West Yorkshire League sat 18th may 2013'Danny Maw, left of Bardsey and  Josh Buckley of Wetherby challenge

Wetherby v Bardsey West Yorkshire League sat 18th may 2013'Danny Maw, left of Bardsey and Josh Buckley of Wetherby challenge

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Two second-half penalties paved the way for Bardsey to overcome rivals Wetherby Athletic 4-1 in Saturday’s derby in the West Yorkshire Premier.

Both sides were locked 1-1 at half time after Jason Davies first put Bardsey ahead with a splendid free-kick before Athletic’s Matty Forster equalised.

Reigning champions Bardsey changed to a direct, more physical style in the second period and were rewarded with three goals.

Mike Toney and Graham Bingley both stroked home penalties either side of Craig Nicholls’ delightful lob.

Athletic have conceded seven spot-kicks in their opening seven league games as they lie 12th on seven points.

Saturday’s penalty decisions infuriated Athletic boss Mark Forster who questioned the refereeing performances in the league this season.

Forster said: “For the first 45 minutes we played them off the park but the referee killed us.

“Both penalties were very, very debatable.

“The standard of refereeing has been very poor so far.

“The fourth goal was harsh. It made it look like a thumping.

“For my young lads to play that well against the best team in the league shows we are on the right track.”

Bardsey boss Lee Barraclough dismissed claims his strikers had looked for the decisions, and said both were “stonewall penalties”.

The gaffer was pleased by his side’s second half response to his half-time team-talk after a tricky opening 45 minutes.

He said: “For 45 minutes it was a decent game.

“We made the game more physical in the second-half. As soon as we got them sussed out it was back to usual.”

Bardsey remain three points on top of the pile.

Ahead of this Saturday’s crunch hosting of 2011/12 champions Beeston, Barraclough has told his squad to manage their temperament.

He said: “These fixtures are always physical, tough games. There won’t be much football being played.

“It won’t be for the fearful. There will be a lot of bad tackles.Discipline is key. The last two times we have played them we have had a man sent off.

“We can’t afford that this time.”

Striker Rob Dickinson should return for Saturday but is likely to start on the bench.

And Barraclough said his presence will give his side the best chance of pulling an eight point gap clear of third-placed Beeston.

“That’s a lot for them to catch up on,” Barraclough added.

Wetherby travel to Otley Town on Saturday and Forster is wary the rejuvenated side, who picked up their first win on Saturday, could be dangerous.

“They had not won a game this season and then they beat Whitkirk 8-2,” he said.

“It’s getting to the stage now where you start looking over your shoulder and start thinking we need to win a few games.

“There’s plenty of reason to be hopeful if we can keep playing and stay positive.”