West Yorkshire League: Bardsey clinch record crown

Bardsey winners of the West Yorkshire League Premier Division  100405a picture Steve Riding
Bardsey winners of the West Yorkshire League Premier Division 100405a picture Steve Riding

Bardsey are celebrating writing their names into the history books with a fourth West Yorkshire League title in five years.

Danny Maw’s “magic” hat-trick in the space of 15 minutes secured Lee Barraclough’s dominators the title on Saturday as they battled past Hunslet Club 3-1.

The Keswick Laners have been runaway leaders throughout the West Yorkshire Premier season, and retained their championship with a game to spare.

Captain Jamie Thompson raised the trophy amid wild celebrations after the final whistle at Hunslet.

“It means everything,” said Barraclough.

“To win it four out of five times is something to be really proud of for me and this special group of players.

“To do what we have done is a great achievement.

“It’s the kudos to being champions.

“To have our name on the cup so many times, it pays back the hard work by the chairman, secretary and all of our committee.”

Bardsey have only lost twice in the league this season, winning 22 of their 29 matches.

But, more impressively, they have had the meanest defence in the division by conceding just 19 goals.

At the other end, Rob Dickinson has led the scoring charts again with 18 goals in 21 appearances, with Steve Palfrey (16) and Maw (11) also bagging double figures.

Saturday’s victory meant they remained 15 points clear of their nearest challengers Beeston St Anthony’s after amassing 71 points this year.

However, only Field could mathematically deny the Red and Blacks the trophy before Maw’s treble saw off Hunslet and took Bardsey over the magical 70-point mark.

And with their final match at Boroughbridge this Saturday, the champions still have a league record 74 points in their sights.

“We still have history in our reach,” said Barraclough.

“We will be professional there. We want to go and win to break the record.”

And asked where this championship ranked among his previous successes, the boss said it had been his greatest achievement.

He added: “We haven’t had a settled side like usual. We have had to move a lot of players around.

“Big players like Rob Dickinson and Maw have only played 16 or 17 games when they would usually play 27 or 28.

“Everybody has chipped in, and that makes it that little bit more special.

“It’s going to be even harder next year.

“We have to keep the players motivated to go again.”