‘Unplayable’ Maw could star in Conference, says Baz

Beeston St Anthonys v Bardsey West Yorkshire League sat 27th april 2013 Danny Maw , right  of Bardsey and Dave Smith  of  Beeston
Beeston St Anthonys v Bardsey West Yorkshire League sat 27th april 2013 Danny Maw , right of Bardsey and Dave Smith of Beeston
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Bardsey boss Lee Barraclough believes match-winner Danny Maw has the ability to strike fear into Conference sides.

Maw was restored to the starting line-up against Field on Saturday and repaid the boss’ faith by smashing home the only goal of the game.

The 23-year-old has only found the net six times in ten West Yorkshire Premier matches for Bardsey this season as work commitments have often caused him to miss matches.

But Saturday’s goal at Keswick Lane helped the champions pick up a vital three points against a side performing beyond expectations in fourth.

Barraclough hailed the frontman’s performance as “unplayable” after his gamble to drop 14-goal hitman Steve Palfrey paid off.

“When he plays like that, you see how much we miss him when he’s not there,” he said.

“I am going to try my best in the summer to get him a move and get him up the ladder.

Barraclough has already helped former Bardsey youngster Steve Mallory into Conference North, firstly with Bradford Park Avenue before the midfielder moved to Harrogate Town in December.

And he predicted a similar rise for Maw next year.

“He needs to work on his attitude but he can do everything that Mallory can do,” he said.

“He has more tricks than Paul Daniels. He can do anything.

“For raw pace, skill and talent, there are not many out there like him. I can see no reason why he couldn’t pay Conference North or Conference football.”

Barraclough made five changes to his side for Field’s visit and top goalscorer Palfrey remained on the sidelines throughout the clash.

Stu Berry, Jason Davies, Maw, Dave Thurlow and Nicky Seed all came into the side, whilst Rob Dickinson switched to an unfamiliar left midfield role.

The Bardsey chief said: “I made five changes from the side that lost the week before and it was a breath of fresh air.

“In many ways, Saturday’s win was a perfect game.”

Thurlow’s introduction was his first start this season after recovering from a dislocated shoulder.

“It was like having a new signing,” added Barraclough.

The victory put Bardsey ten points ahead of Leeds City at the peak of the Premier table.

And the boss told his squad to continue to grind out points to create an unassailable lead with their rivals playing catch-up.

Mid-table Horbury Town visit Keswick Lane this Saturday, a side Bardsey dispatched 3-1 in November.

Barraclough said: “Horbury are another hard-working team.

“They will try and get close to us. We have to make the pitch big and not take them for granted.

“We have 11 games left and will be going to get 33 points out of those. That is the target.”