Table-topping Bardsey seek 13-point lead

Bardsey's Rob Dickinson
Bardsey's Rob Dickinson

Bardsey are closing in on their fourth West Yorkshire Premier League title in five years and could move 13 points clear of the race this Saturday.

The front-runners thrashed top five hopefuls East End Park 3-0, with “fox in the box” frontman Rob Dickinson returning to the goals.

Dickinson, moved to a left-wing position in recent matches, bagged a brace before substitute Thomas Lenaghan sealed the three points.

Lee Barraclough’s men lie ten points clear of title hopefuls Leeds City, having played two more matches.

But with City in cup action this weekend against fellow challengers Beeston St Anthony’s, a win for the pacesetters at home to Ripon City would increase their sizeable advantage.

However, Barraclough insisted the race was not done and dusted just yet.

“It’s still quite tight but the pressure’s on Leeds City,” he said.

Barraclough also backed neighbours Wetherby Athletic to stave off relegation despite plummeting to rock bottom in West Yorkshire Premier on Saturday.

Athletic have mustered just 11 points from 19 matches and Bardsey’s gaffer advised them to shore up their leaky defence.

Barraclough added: “I would like to see them get out of the trouble they’re in.

“They have a lot of good young lads, it’s not good for those to go down into the first division. I hope they get a few results together.

“If I was Mark, I would be getting two strong banks of four and start playing in their half. They are giving a lot of sloppy goals away.”