West Yorkshire League: End of the line for big-hitters Bardsey

Former Bardsey boss Lee Barraclough.
Former Bardsey boss Lee Barraclough.
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BARDSEY will continue to run their Harrogate League side and junior section as the West Yorkshire League comes to terms with the former champions’ sad demise.

The Keswick Lane side have withdrawn their previously all-conquering side from the West Yorkshire Premier with the club facing a nine-point deduction for postponing three fixtures due to insufficient players.

Lifting the Premier Division title four times recently, including one season with a record amount of points, Bardsey established themselves as one of the region’s most successful amateur sides. Indeed, prior to this season, finishing fourth in the 2014-15 campaign was their worst finish in eight seasons, showcasing just how dominant the small village side has been throughout the years.

The resignation of boss Lee Barraclough at the end of last season proved the beginning of the end with a mass shortage of players leading to Bardsey being in the very unfamiliar position of bottom of the table with just one draw from nine games. In a club statement, Bardsey were keen to stress that they will continue to run one team in the Harrogate League, and their junior teams at Keswick Lane will remain unaffected.

A programme without Bardsey was decimated by both the weather and County Cup action at the weekend but the show rolled on at Hunslet Club who were 5-0 victors at Robin Hood Athletic.

New signing Liam Moore hit a treble, supported by goals from Samuel Keyeremh and Gary Bray. Hunslet could even afford to miss a penalty and manager Nicky Johnson said: “We’re on a bit of a roll at the moment, especially away from home and it’s exciting to watch.

“The confidence is there and we’re turning it into results so realistically I think we should be aiming for a top six finish and a really good cup run now.

“It’s only our third season in the top flight so prior to this it was always just about establishing ourselves but now I think we’re ready to go that one further and prove we’re a top-six team.” The only other Premier Division fixture on Saturday saw Otley Town run out 4-2 winners against visitors Wetherby Athletic thanks goals from Daniel Chadwick, Farrell Hunt and Scott Firth with a brace.

In Division One, Baildon Trinity Athletic caused a 6-2 surprise at East End Park through braces from Lee Mathews and Nicholas Wadsworth plus goals from Lee Newall and Andrew Radosavic.

Sherburn White Rose shared a 2-2 draw with visiting Kippax while in Division Two high-flyers Hall Green United were 5-1 victors at home to Ossett Common Rovers thanks to a brace from Jamie Miller plus strikes from John Moore, Allan Laud and Mark Livesey.

Ben Jones, left of Old Centralians and Matthew Martin of Swillington challenge.

Slideshow: Swillington v Old Centralians