Champions Bardsey fail to fire as derby rivals await next

Beeston St Anthonys v Bardsey West Yorkshire League sat 27th april 2013' Michael Longfellow of Bardsey and Sean Jeavons of  Beeston
Beeston St Anthonys v Bardsey West Yorkshire League sat 27th april 2013' Michael Longfellow of Bardsey and Sean Jeavons of Beeston
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The battles keep on coming for Bardsey, and boss Lee Barraclough is glad to be chalking them off one by one.

The reigning West Yorkshire League champions were held to a goalless draw by fierce rivals Beeston St Anthony’s on Saturday.

And next up for Barraclough’s men is a trip to bruisers Whitkirk Wanderers on Saturday, a match where form is thrown out of the window.

“It’s our local derby,” said the gaffer.

“Everybody knows everybody and it will be a battle.

“But again, we have to keep 11 players on the pitch.

“Someone needs to take responsibility so we don’t fall into a trap and stop playing football.”

Captain Jamie Thompson has served his suspension and will return to the set-up.

Striker Rob Dickinson could start after making a successful 15 minute spell at Beeston.

But the 50-goal a season striker failed to break the deadlock at Keswick Lane after his side dominated the scoring opportunities throughout the clash.

Barraclough’s men hit the woodwork four times as the vital strike eluded them.

The boss said: “It wasn’t for lack of trying.

“We are happy with a point. The main this is we are still undefeated.”

Meanwhile, Bardsey reserves beat FC Tadcaster 6-1 in the Barkston Ash first round.