West Yorkshire League title within nine-goal Bardsey’s grasp

Leeds City v Bardsey West Yorkshire League sat 22nd march 2014'Craig Nicholls shoots for Bardsey'SR100361k picture Steve Riding
Leeds City v Bardsey West Yorkshire League sat 22nd march 2014'Craig Nicholls shoots for Bardsey'SR100361k picture Steve Riding
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Bardsey took a giant step towards retaining their West Yorkshire crown on Saturday but at the other end of the table, Wetherby Athletic’s doom draws closer.

Bardsey took a giant step towards retaining their West Yorkshire crown on Saturday but at the other end of the table, Wetherby Athletic’s doom draws closer.

Bardsey hammered relegation threatened derby rivals Whitkirk Wanderers 9-0 at home to move 16 points clear at the pinnacle of the Premier.

And defeats for the Keswick Laners’ title rivals Leeds City and Beeston St Anthony’s means Lee Barraclough’s men could secure the title with victory over Brighouse Old Boys on Saturday.

City and Beeston play each other this weekend but only a win for City can keep the title race alive.

“We know we are close but it’s not over just yet,” said Bardsey assistant Gary Melia.

Craig Nicholls bagged a hat-trick in the rout as Ryan Bailey, Rob Dickinson (2), Mike Toney, Danny Maw and Steve Palfrey all helped themselves to the treats on offer.

“It finished off quite emphatic,” added Melia. “We huffed and puffed right from the start. Everything just went for us.”

Whitkirk are involved in the relegation scrap and travel to the Ings on Saturday to face rock-bottom Wetherby.

Mark Forster’s men let slip another first-half lead at Kippax on Saturday as they lost 3-2 in the bottom two dogfight.

Brian Blewitt put Athletic ahead but three sloppy errors let the game slip away, and with it, Athletic’s survival hopes were left hanging by a thread.

Athletic, who last won in September last year, lie seven points from safety and six points adrift at the bottom.

Puzzled Forster said: “I don’t know what to say anymore. I watch the game and watch us play well but again we don’t come away with points.

“When you have lost so many games there’s a sense of deja vu. It becomes a habit. But we won’t be losing this week.

“Whitkirk are by some distance the league’s worst team.”