West Yorkshire League: Field goal in Bardsey’s County Cup dream

Bardsey v Robin Hood West Yorkshire League Premier Division sat 18th oct 2014'Steve Palfrey wins the ball for Bardsey
Bardsey v Robin Hood West Yorkshire League Premier Division sat 18th oct 2014'Steve Palfrey wins the ball for Bardsey

Reigning West Riding County Cup winners Field stand in Bardsey’s way in their pursuit of ending a baron run in the competition on Saturday.

The West Yorkshire League’s top two sides come to blows in the cup on Saturday in the competition’s second round.

Bardsey management team Lee Barraclough and assistant Gary Melia have made no secret that their primary aim is to claim glory in the prestigious cup competition this season.

It is the one trophy missing from the pair’s CV, and following two semi-final appearances in the last four years, they are desperate to etch the club’s name into the record books.

Melia said: “It means a great deal to us this yea. It really is the trophy we would like to win.

“It’s the biggest competition at out level.

“We have been so close before, it’s something me and Baz have never got our hands on so we will be trying our hardest to win it.”

However, the draw could not have been any harder for the Red and Blacks as it pitted them against their fierce league rivals and holders of the competition.

Bardsey will travel to the Bradford side trailing them by six points in the Premier Division, following both sides’ victories last week.

The Keswick Lane outfit scraped past Knaresborough Town Reserves 4-3 on Saturday while Field were four goals too strong for Wetherby Athletic.

The form book has suggested another tight game and the two sides played out a nervy 1-1 draw earlier this season.

However, Melia admitted his side would need to be better than their last showing in the competition, or they would make an early bow like last year - when Ripon City knocked them out 2-1.

Division One side Old Modernians almost sent the champions packing in round one as Bardsey only went through 6-5 on penalties, following a thrilling 6-6 draw.

And he said last year’s early exit to Ripon City would be used at the fore-front of Saturday’s team-talk.

“We will be giving it a good go,” he added.

“We somehow managed to scrape through last round with a depleted side, so course it’s going to motivate us. It’s the best competition we play it.

“We know it’s going to be difficult and we will need to be at full strength against a very strong side but we know we have the players to win it.”