Bardsey reclaim Premier title

NAWN. Bardsey player Jamie Thompson clashes with his Wetherby Athletic opponant. 110426AR1pic4.
NAWN. Bardsey player Jamie Thompson clashes with his Wetherby Athletic opponant. 110426AR1pic4.

BARDSEY boss Martin Bradley couldn’t hide his delight after his side reclaimed the West Yorkshire League title on Saturday.

After coming close in the last couple of weeks they finally wrapped up the championship with a fine 3-0 win over Otley Town on Saturday.

They quickly followed it on Monday with a 2-0 victory at Carlton.

It’s been another successful year for Bradley and joint boss Lee Barraclough.

The Keswick Lane gaffer praised his troops for all the effort they’ve put in.

“We’ve played nearly 30 games and to have only been beaten twice all season is a great effort,” he said.

“It’s a great place to play football is Bardsey. The lads have been fantastic all season. I’m really, really happy.

“To have Baz (Lee Barraclough) beside me too has helped. He’s been superb all season.

“I’m a lucky lad.”

Bardsey will be handed the West Yorkshire League trophy at home to Beeston next Wednesday night in their final game of an exhausting 2010/11 campaign.

Bradley’s side fell behind rivals Knaresborough early on in the title race but a stunning 2-1 win away at Manse Lane in September set the tone for an incredible run of form in their domestic competition.

That victory with just nine men on the pitch will go down in folklore at the club.

Since then however there have been a few twist and turns.

Bardsey expulsion from the County Cup still rests uneasy with Bradley especially after all the effort his side put in.

“To beat Albion Sports and then Carlton, two really tough games, and then to be knocked out was hard to take,” added Bradley.

“The lads had set their hearts on winning the County Cup this year so to not be able to do it was disappointing.

“But it’s been a good year all in all. It’s a pleasure to manage my players.”

On Saturday two Robert Dickinson goals and a solitary Mick Longfellow strike were enough to see off Otley.

Then on Monday, Longfellow and John Swift sealed the win over Carlton.

“We played really well against Otley,” said Bradley.

“I think the number of games they have to play has caught up on them. In the first half they competed but their legs went in the second.

“I was pleased with the lads against Carlton. There were a number of them who couldn’t play due to work.

“We travelled there without a recognised striker and still won.”

Now Bradley is counting down the days until another hard season comes to an end.

Next Wednesday his side will be looking for some revenge at home to Beeston after their defeat away earlier in the season.

“We had a quiet one on Saturday after the game,” he added.

“We’re going to save the celebrations until May 21.”

For more on Bardsey’s Premier League victory see next Friday’s Wetherby News.