Football: Cups and downs for Bardsey

Bardsey v Pool West Yorkshire League Premier Division sat 31st dec 2011'Jamie Thompson of Bardsey at full stretch to win the ball
Bardsey v Pool West Yorkshire League Premier Division sat 31st dec 2011'Jamie Thompson of Bardsey at full stretch to win the ball

Bardsey’s bid for a historic quadruple ended last Thursday when they failed to reach the County Cup final.

But they responded with two wins over the Easter holiday, including lifting the Barkston Ash trophy at Tadcaster Albion’s 2inspire Stadium.

The West Yorkshire Premier table-toppers lost 1-0 away at Lancashire side Rimington in the County Cup semi-final on Thursday, which denied them a chance to play at Elland Road.

Bardsey captain Jamie Thompson said the County Cup defeat had deflated his side but their response pleased him.

He said: “It was a big shame. It was a big one for us.

“We wanted to win the County Cup as we hadn’t for five years and with the added bonus the final is at Elland Road.

“It just didn’t happen. They got the goal and held on.

“They were a big, strong, solid side. We had a couple of chances but normally we carve out plenty of chances.

“If we win the League Cup, the District Cup and the league, it is still a fantastic season.”

Lee Barraclough’s men bounced back to batter Baildon Trinity Athletic 6-1 in the Premier Division on Saturday before beating Tadcaster Magnets 3-2 after extra-time to claim their first trophy of the season on Monday.

Barraclough’s side fell behind in extra-time against the Magnets after Shaun Stevenson’s backpass bobbled over his ‘keeper’ foot.

But they levelled soon after and Thompson’s man of the match, Adam Ryder, then struck to secure the silverware.

Thompson said: “We were tired but we stuck at it and got back into it. It was good to lift the cup but it is the one that means the least to us.

“It doesn’t compare with the County Cup but still a trophy is a trophy.”

Michael Mills returned to the squad against Baildon after being out since December due to an appendix operation.

His skipper praised the impact Mills’ return has had on the squad.

Thompson said: “He’s come back and been helping with the warm-ups. It’s great to have him back. It’s been a real nightmare for him since December.”

Bardsey picked up four injuries in Monday’s final and boss Barraclough bemoaned a second injury crisis in as many years near the season end.

Should Bardsey beat Wanderers in the League Cup quarter-final on Saturday they will meetWest Yorkshire Premier fourth-placed Ripon City in the semi-final.

But first, Barraclough expects Wyke to offer a physical, hard working test for his side.

“We don’t know anything about them,” said the manager.

“We’ll hopefully get through it without any injuries. The injuries have taken us down to the bare bones. “We have 11 lads left so we will have to play a couple from the reserves, but every game is a cup final now. The games are coming thick and fast.

“If we get there, Ripon will be tough. They are a top five Premier team and it would make their season to knock us out of this cup.”