BARDSEy’s SOLE chance of prestigious glory must come through winning another West Yorkshire Premier title after the club’s appeal against County Challenge Cup expulsion failed.
Bardsey have been thrown out for fielding striker Danny Maw when he was suspended in the quarter-final success at Boroughbridge on January 3.
The Keswick Laners received official County FA documentation dated December 26 saying they had ‘no new suspensions starting within the next 14 days’ but that letter was superseded by another document dated January 2, the day before the Boroughbridge game, informing Bardsey of Maw’s suspension.
Bardsey say they did got receive the information in time and had an appeal heard at County FA on Monday but the appeal was rejected on the grounds that it is the club’s own responsibility to keep tabs on suspensions.
Meantime, Oxenhope Recreation booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 5-3 success at home to Howden Clough. In Saturday’s weather-hit West Yorkshire League action, another brace from Gibril Bojang’s continued Horbury Town’s Premier Division title tilt in a 2-1 success at home to relegation battlers East End Park.
Second-bottom Boroughbridge shared a 1-1 draw with basement club visitors and local rivals Ripon City.
Martin Hutchinson gave Bridge the lead after just two minutes but Duncan Terry equalised for Ripon before the end of the first-half.
The tie then became increasingly fractious, with both sides being reduced to 10 men before the final whistle.
There were only two games possible in Division Two, both of which finished 4-3 to the hosts.
Bottom side Fryston put up an honourable fight against Baildon Trinity Athletic, who move up to second.
Fryston’s Liam Cooper was again valiant in a losing effort, this week netting a hat-trick after scoring two in 4-2 defeat to Hartshead the week before.
Meanwhile, Thomas Carter scored from the bench to secure Rothwell Town’s victory over Kellingley Welfare.
In Alliance Division One, East End Park Reserves and Aberford Albion Reserves drew the only fixture to be played 2-2, whilst in Alliance Division Two, Paul Bjelic scored twice to help Rothwell Town Reserves to a 3-3 away draw against Kippax Reserves.
Elsewhere, Hall Green United advanced in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Cup with a 3-1 success at home to New Bohemians through a goal each from Clifton Firth, Neil McCluskey and Luke Pryde.