West Yorkshire League: Champions Bardsey to freshen up as Wetherby Athletic near safety

Micky Longfellow will retire at the end of the season
Micky Longfellow will retire at the end of the season

Bardsey boss Lee Barraclough has signalled his intentions to freshen up the champions’ squad over the summer to maintain motivation amongst the squad.

Bardsey capped off a record-breaking year in the West Yorkshire Premier on Saturday as goals from Rob Dickinson (2), Danny Maw and Jay Davies thrashed Boroughbridge 4-1 away.

The three points lifted the Red and Blacks onto the league’s highest points haul ever (74 points).

“It’s just the way we wanted to finish things off,” said Barraclough.

Midfielder Micky Longfellow will hang up his boots over the summer after a golden generation of success at Keswick Lane.

Barraclough intends to find pre-season trials for Danny Maw and several other members of his squad before embarking on a rebuilding process.

He said: “These players have won everything in this league.

“But it’s hard to continue to motivate them. They are playing at the same places against the same faces each year.

“I will need to freshen things up. Maybe we will let a few go and bring a few in.”

Meanwhile, Wetherby Athletic need just one point from their final three matches to secure survival.

The Tangerines lost 4-1 at Field on Saturday after falling 3-0 behind after just 20 minutes. But relegation rivals Kippax also tasted defeat as they lost 3-0 at Otley Town.

Athletic welcome Beeston St Anthony’s to the Ings this Saturday, and boss Mark Forster was eager to finish the relegation fight as early as possible.

Former league winners Beeston lie second in the league, but play Field in the League Cup final at Knaresborough Town’s Manse Lane tonight.

And Forster believes that could play in Athletic’s favour if the Leeds side suffer a cup hangover for Saturday.

Anthony Walsh and Jack Emmett are missing for the tie but Charlie Yates, Joe Barden and Josh Buckley are in line for a place after impressing in the reserves’ 2-1 win against Leeds City on Monday.

Forster said: “We have to make sure we do it ourselves, so we are not relying on someone else.

“We were perhaps a little complacent on Saturday and a few lads thought the job was already done.

“Against Beeston, we need to start better. We still have to get the necessary points.”