WITH Saturday’s County Cup quarter-final behind them, Bardsey will travel to Pool tomorrow desperate to gobble up any West Yorkshire Premier League points on offer (2.30pm)
The Keswick Laners are on course for a magnificent treble, and boss Lee Barraclough is willing them on to do it.
“We need to start picking some points up in the league,” he said.
“We’ve got a tough month coming up in March, but we’re still in the League Cup, and now through to the semi-final of the County Cup.”
Bardsey’s reward for Saturday’s 4-1 victory is a trip to Fleet Lane, Woodlesford, for an all West Yorkshire tie against Leeds City on Thursday, March 29.
“It will be a good test against Leeds, they are one of the best teams in our league,” continued Barraclough.
“They’re a fit side full of students and teachers so we’re going to have to be at our best.
“But we’re looking forward to it. Hopefully there will be a big crowd from Bardsey.
“It’s looking good at the moment. I’m proud of the lads but a lot of it is down to assistant Gary Melia. He’s been around football for a long time and has been a big part in our success this season.”
On Saturday things were looking gloomy for Bardsey at half-time.
Carlton went into the break 1-0 up after a Mick Mills own goal.
But, rallied by a rousing team talk by their gaffer, they came out a different animal after the break and slammed four past their West Yorkshire rivals.
Danny Maw scored two, Matty Dalton and Mike Toney added the icing on the cake.
“It was a bit slow going in the first half,” said Barraclough.
“But we had a word with them at half-time and told them a few home truths.
“We came out firing on all cylinders.”
The defending league champions have bolstered their squad for the run in with former Tadcaster Albion favourite Paul James joining the club.
The Bardsey boss will be keeping an eagle eye on the rest of the Premier League fixtures this weekend.
Ripon City will go top of the pile if they beat Otley Town at home, with Beeston in County Cup action.
The surprise package have crept up the table of late. However Bardsey and Beeston have three games in hand over Charlie Brown’s outfit.
“Fair play to them, it’s nice to see a new face up there,” added Barraclough.
WETHERBY ATHLETIC boss Eugene Lacy, meanwhile, couldn’t hide his disappointment in the aftermath of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Boroughbridge.
Lacy felt their attacking threat wasn’t potent enough and knows the areas he needs to fix if they are going to get anything out of tomorrow’s visit of Oxenhope.
“We weren’t good enough up front,” he said.
“If we would have had some attacking threat we would have won the game easy.
“It’s frustrating. I don’t think both teams played well.”
SHERBURN, meanwhile, will be looking to hit the winning trail with a trip to Carlton tomorrow.
Wayne Day’s side were beaten 2-0 away at Whitkirk on Saturday, leaving them further adrift at the bottom of the table.
lKIRK DEIGHTON travel to Wigton Moor in the Harrogate Premier League tomorrow (2pm ko)