CHAMPIONS BARDSEY pulled back the gap at the top of the West Yorkshire Premier with Saturday’s 4-2 success at home to Robin Hood Athletic.
But boss Lee Barraclough believes Field will take some stopping – with the waters set to be tested in November’s County Cup cracker.
Bardsey regained ground in the Premier League title race in the only top flight game played at the weekend owing to District Cup clashes.
Goals from Graham Marchant and Scott Murgatroyd led the Robin Hood fight but a Daniel Maw double supported by strikes from Stephen Mallory and Nicky Seed bagged Bardsey’s eighth win of the campaign.
It means leaders Field now only have a six-point lead – but Barraclough says further slashing the gap won’t come easy ahead of a County Challenge Cup second round showdown between the two title rivals on Saturday, November 1.
“I don’t look at the league tables until March, I just try to get points on the board,” said Barraclough.
“Field have started really well and I can’t see many getting in their way. They are a very good side. We’ve got them in the County Cup next week and it should be a cracker.”
In Division One, Aberford Albion secured their first victory of the campaign thanks to a 3-0 triumph over Headingley AFC. Steven Rostron, Stefan Small and Liam Thompson all found the back of the net for Aberford.
Altofts moved off the bottom of the table thanks to a 4-2 victory at fellow strugglers Whitkirk Wanderers.
Although they have played less games than the teams around them, Altofts will be thankful for a victory in which Daniel Eden, Joshua Gill and Daniel Jarvis all got themselves onto the scoresheet.
Barwick maintained the only unbeaten record in the top three divisions, as they emerged on the right side of an improbable 7-3 against Yorkshire Amateur in Division Two.
Goals from Patozyk Barylski, Jakub Kaczykowski and David Pembleton were not enough for Amateur, as Barwick closed the gap on leaders Garforth Rangers, whom are within Barwick’s reach if they can win their games in hand.
Middleton Park secured their first win of the season, beating Mount St Mary’s 6-2. Ricky O’Sullivan was the hat-trick hero for Middleton, who scored five goals in the final half an hour, with Luke Smith, Thomas Hawkins and Colin Webster also contributing to a victory which has been 11 games in the making, and leaves Fryston three points adrift at the bottom of the table.
League-leaders Oxenhope Recreation Reserves demolished Whitkirk Wanderers Reserves 10-1 in Alliance Division One to extend their advantage at the top of the table to seven points.
Daniel Moriarty and Craig Morris both bagged trebles for Oxenhope, with an Oliver Metcalfe brace, plus goals from William Lee and Leon Smith completing the goal fest.
Ilkley Town Reserves secured their first win of the campaign with 4-3 win over Brighouse Old Boys, in which Ilkley’s Connor Greenwood made the difference with a hat-trick.
Horbury Town Reserves closed on Ripon City Reserves at the top of Alliance Division Two thanks to a 4-0 victory against Howden Clough Reserves, with Craig Rafter netting twice.
Baildon Trinity Athletic Reserve’s Jonathon Reynolds scored three as his side beat Middleton Park Reserves 5-4, whilst Sherburn White Rose Reserves emerged victorious 4-3 against Wyke Wanderers Reserves.
Otley Town Reserves won 2-1 at Hall Green United Reserves, and Pool Reserves missed their opportunity to go to the top as they lost 3-1 at home to Rothwell Town Reserves.