Knaresborough threaten to spoil Bardsey party

BARDSEY are beginning to believe they can take the West Yorkshire League title, but manager Martin Bradley is wary of rivals Knaresborough Town, who could scupper their ambitions on the last day of the season.

Bardsey are sitting pretty on top of the West Yorkshire League Premier Division, but if Knaresborough win their games in hand they will close the gap to six points, with the teams set to meet in their final game.

Though Bradley saw his players triumph 3-1 at Knaresborough in August, they were turned over by the same score on home soil in October, and he is keen to wrap up the championship before the encounter, scheduled for Wednesday, May 12.

“We have been trying hard not to talk about the title, but it’s impossible not to,” Bradley said.

“One team we have to keep an eye on is Knaresborough - they are the side that could really get us.

“We don’t play them until the last game of the season and hopefully we won’t go into that game needing points.

“They are a very good attacking side who are having an excellent season.”

Following Bardsey’s game against Pool, due to take place last night, they host Ossett Common Rovers on Monday (6.30pm), then travel to Whitkirk next Saturday (2.30pm), before Knaresborough come to town.

Bradley’s men won 3-1 at Carlton Athletic on Saturday.

“The first half was quite tense and Carlton made it difficult for us, but we got a good goal early in the second from Matt Carry and after that we took control,” Bradley said.

Carry’s left-footed strike from the edge of the box was followed by goals from Steve Mallory and Robert Dickinson, before Carlton grabbed a late consolation.

Bradley said his team don’t tend to worry about their opposition and should be able to beat Ossett if they play their own game.

He has a full squad to choose from for Monday’s game.

WETHERBY ATHLETIC won twice this week to maintain their Division One title push.

Athletic beat Old Centralians 3-1 on Saturday courtesy of an Andrew Kenyon hat-trick, then defeated Kippax 3-2 on Wednesday night, with Kenyon netting again, alongside Craig Farrand and Neil Dickie.

Afterwards, manager Eugene Lacy paid tribute to Kenyon, telling the Wetherby News: "He is a big bonus for us: a good player and a nice kid."

Lacy said he had known the 19-year-old from Farsley since he was a baby, saying: "He is not just a player that has just turned up, a fly-by-night. Hopefully we can keep hold of him."

Athletic travel to Wyke Wanderers tomorrow (2.30pm) in third-place, with at least a game in hand on all their rivals.

SHERBURN WHITE ROSE play Beeston St Anthony's in the final of the West Yorkshire League Cup at Wakefield FC on Thursday (7.30pm).

Sherburn won 4-1 after extra time in their semi-final at Pool last Thursday, with Adam Priestley scoring a brace and Richard Booth and Bradley Jordan also netting.

They followed the win by taking three points in the league on Saturday, James Jollands and Scott Williams getting the goals in a 2-0 victory at fellow high-flyers Boroughbridge.

Sherburn travel to sixth-placed Leeds City tomorrow (2.30pm).

Goals from Ryan Dowson and Gerard McCargo weren’t enough for BOSTON SPARTANS as they suffered a heavy defeat at home to Stanley United.

Tom Jamieson scored a hat-trick for the visitors, who ran out 5-2 winners.

Spartans host Leeds Gryphons tomorrow (2.30pm).