‘Cracking’ squad delights gaffer Lee as Bardsey make cup progress

Bardsey's Stu Berry
Bardsey's Stu Berry

Bardsey boss Lee Barraclough highlighted his squad depth after a comfortable progression in the West Riding County Cup.

Bardsey battered Harrogate & District League side Otley Rovers 6-1 on Saturday despite missing nine squad players.

Prolific frontmen Rob Dickinson and Steve Palfrey both scored braces and Wayne Hudson and Craig Nicholls capped the victory.

Bardsey will face Ripon City in the competition’s second round.

Defender Shaun Stevenson will miss Saturday’s visit of last season’s runners up Oxenhope Recreaton but in Jamie Thompson, Stuart Berry and Michael Mills, Barraclough has ready made replacements.

“This is the first season I have two players for every position,” said Barraclough.

“We have a cracking squad this year.”

Oxenhope crept up on the West Yorkshire Premier’s top sides last season with a late charge for the title, which Bardsey denied them on the season climax.

But Barraclough expects the visitors to find life tougher this term.

He added: “As soon as they come up against a top four side they drop points.

“Teams won’t let them slip under the radar this year.”