BARDSEY boss Martin Bradley couldn’t hide his disappointment after his Bardsey side were kicked out of the County Cup this week.
After Saturday’s excellent 4-1 extra-time victory over Carlton, the Keswick Laners were due to welcome Boroughbridge in the quarter-final of the competition tomorrow.
But that’s now off after Carlton put in an official complaint to the West Riding FA regarding the eligibility of Bardsey player Steve Palfrey who scored in Saturday’s victory.
After an emergency mid-week meeting the West Riding management committee upheld Carlton’s protests on the grounds Palfrey was ineligible because he played for Railway within the 28 days of the date fixed for the County Cup game.
It’s a bitter pill for Bradley to swallow.
“I’m fuming at the moment,” he said.
“To say I’m not happy is an understatement. I spoke to the Carlton manager and we aired our differences.
“I think there’s an agenda with other teams out there. I think it’s down to jealousy.
“It was just a genuine mistake, I think it’s pathetic what’s happened.
“We had the lad (Palfrey) signed on. It was just a genuine mistake, I don’t blame the secretary, it’s an easy mistake to make.
“But there’s nothing we can do now. I’m just absolutely devastated for the players.
“They’ve worked so hard to get to this point. We’ve just got to make sure we go out and win everything else now.”
On Saturday Bardsey travelled to Carlton in the fourth round of the competition.
Bradley’s men were 1-0 down with eight minutes to go but goals from Robert Dickinson, Palfrey, Mike Toney and Mike Longfellow looked as though they’d sealed a spot in the last eight of the competition before this week’s news.
At the time of going to press Bardsey were without a competitive game tomorrow.
In Division One WETHERBY ATHLETIC boss Eugene Lacy has told his side to be more consistent against the bottom teams in the division as they gear up for a trip to Swillington Saints tomorrow.
On paper Wetherby should walk to a simple win.
But Lacy isn’t getting carried away especially after looking at his team’s record against the poorer teams this season.
“You look at Mount St. Mary’s. Everyone’s been putting six, seven or eight past them and we drew 0-0 with them,” he said.
“We need to be more consistent.”
On Saturday a solitary Tom Gorringe 35-yard strike was enough to claim a 1-0 victory over Wyke Wanderers. The Wetherby boss is looking to pick from a full strength side tomorrow.
SHERBURN travel to Field in the league tomorrow. On Saturday they lost 4-1 at home to Otley Town in the County Cup.