Table-toppers Bardsey eye Sherburn

Bardsey v Pool West Yorkshire League Premier Division Sat 26th Feb 2011'Mike Toney, left b scores for Bardsey
Bardsey v Pool West Yorkshire League Premier Division Sat 26th Feb 2011'Mike Toney, left b scores for Bardsey

THE West Yorkshire League table looks a pretty sight if you are a Bardsey fan right now.

Martin Bradley’s men returned to the summit after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rothwell Athletic on Saturday leapfrogging long time leaders Knaresborough Town.

The Keswick Laners currently have a two-point lead over Brian Davey’s men and more importantly three games in hand.

Win those and they’ll have healthy cushion over their nearest rivals with just three months of the campaign to go.

Since their County Cup disappointment Bardsey have been ruthless in the league.

Four straight wins have propelled them to the top of the tree but Bradley isn’t carried away just yet.

Tomorrow they face a tricky local derby at home to Sherburn White Rose (2.30pm) who will be smarting after Saturday’s 5-2 win over Altofts.

On Saturday Robert Dickinson’s penalty ten minutes from time sealed the hard fought win over Rothwell much to the delight of Bradley.

“I was really relieved because it looked like we weren’t going to win,” he said.

“It was a good three points in the end. That’s the games we need to win.

“Rothwell came to us and made it hard. They did the same last season, they came here and drew 2-2.

“It was never going to be easy

“They’re a hard team to beat. Knaresborough and Leeds City didn’t hammer them. They’ve improved.

“We were just happy to get the win.”

In Division One WETHERBY ATHLETIC have a derby day of their own to get their teeth into.

Aberford Albion visit The Ings with Eugene Lacy’s side still chasing top honours.

Athletic missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on Robin Hood Athletic on Saturday when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Hartshead.

They followed this with a 3-1 away win at Nostell on Wednesday night.

The result moves Wetherby up to second in the table, three points behind current leaders Robin Hood Athletic.

Lacy’s side have a tough contest in eight days’ time when they welcome in-form League Cup side Old Centralians to The Ings.

Athletic are still in line for a promotion shot but will be hoping to bounce back immediately tomorrow.

Aberford meanwhile are currently struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Albion currently sit third bottom in division three with just Nostell Miners Welfare and Swillington Saints below them in the table.