Bardsey get set for top of the table blockbuster

NAWN 1202181 Bardsey V Carlton. Bardsey's No 7 (1202181AM1)
NAWN 1202181 Bardsey V Carlton. Bardsey's No 7 (1202181AM1)

BARDSEY boss Lee Barraclough is steeling his troops for their biggest week of the season.

Tomorrow they can go a long way to blowing one of their rivals for the West Yorkshire Premier League out of the water if they beat Ripon City at home (2.30pm ko).

Then on Thursday night they travel to Fleet Lane, Woodlesford for the semi-final of the County Cup against Leeds City (7.30pm ko).

Both are huge fixtures for the all-conquering Keswick Laners who are on course for a magnificent treble.

Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Old Modernians booked a place in the League Cup semi-final against Boroughbridge. Danny Maw, Jamie Thompson, Rob Dickinson (2) and Dave Thurlow scoring the goals.

The fixture will be played on April 10 at Knaresborough Town FC (7.30pm ko).

But for Baz and his troops, all eyes are on the next two huge games. The gaffer has been forced to rest striker Maw tomorrow who has a knee injury. Winger Matty Dalton is also set to miss the fixture.

“We will be resting a few on Saturday with Thursday coming up,” he said.

“But we’ve got the strength in depth. It’s been a great season so far.

“If we win all three it will be the first time a team from the West Yorkshire League has done it. That’s a great achievement.

“I’ve got a great bunch together, I’m really proud of them.

“You look at the likes of Ripon, Knaresborough and Boroughbridge, they’re big market towns. We’re just little old Bardsey, so to do what we’ve done is fantastic.

“We’ve just got to finish the job now.”

Meanwhile opposition boss Charlie Brown hopes Bardsey’s forthcoming County Cup semi final will upset their rhythm tomorrow.

“Hopefully they’ll have one eye on that one,” he said.

“We’ve got a good rapport with Bardsey. I know Baz well and he texts me after every game, if we win he says well done.

“But we won’t be friends for 90 minutes on Saturday.”

Elsewhere, WETHERBY ATHLETIC will be hoping to extend their winning streak to three games when they welcome table toppers Otley Town.

On Saturday they disposed of East End Park 2-0 at the Ings.

It wasn’t a good week for SHERBURN WHITE ROSE who moved bottom after a 0-0 draw against Oxenhope. They face a must-win at home to second-bottom Altofts tomorrow.