HE has a mountain of injuries, a fixture list longer than his arm, but for Bardsey boss Lee Barraclough the end of an extremely long season is in sight.
Tuesday’s excellent 5-1 victory over Boroughbridge in the League Cup semi-final has kept alive his side’s chances of winning the double.
Robert Dickinson (3), Steve Palfrey and Adam Ryder scored the goals.
Bardsey will play Fields in the final on May 17 at Garforth FC.
See page 45 for a full report.
Saturday’s, 2-0 defeat to Sherburn, however, was a kick in the teeth for their title aspirations.
But with three games in hand over current leaders Knaresborough and just two points separating them, ‘Baz’ knows it’s still in their hands as reigning champions.
Speaking after the win on Tuesday, the Keswick Lane gaffer said:
“I think the scoreline flattered us a bit. You know what you’re going to get with Boroughbridge, they always fight until the end.
“We’ve been up against it recently. Danny Maw is out for a year, Mike Longfellow, Graham Bingley have all been injured, they’ve been big losses.
“That cost us against Leeds City in the County Cup semi.
“We were without eight players for that game and we took it all the way to extra-time.
“If we would have won the County Cup we were talking about winding it all up.
“But because we didn’t we’re going to give it another crack next season.”
Bardsey still have an incredible eight games remaining in the season, a by-product of their success.
Tomorrow they travel to Otley Town before welcoming East End Park next Wednesday (6.15pm ko).
“A few of the lads picked up knocks (on Tuesday) we’ll have to get ice on them ahead of the Otley game,” continued Barraclough.
“You look at Steve Palfrey, he’s played seven games in eight games!
“ The lads are shattered.
“But we’ve just got to keep it going. East End Park next week won’t be easy.
“All the teams at the bottom are scrapping for everything. And everyone wants to beat Bardsey.”
Elsewhere tomorrow, WETHERBY ATHLETIC will be looking to follow the success of their Sunday team when they get back to West Yorkshire Premier action.
Eugene Lacy’s men travel to Carlton Athletic tomorrow.
Two away games at Whitkirk and Fields will finish their season.
For more on Wetherby Athletic’s success in the Claro Sunday League Intermediate Cup final see page 45.