West Yorkshire League: Bardsey ‘globetrotters’ embarrass East End Park

Bardsey manager Lee Barraclough compared his side to the Harlem Globetrotters after their 7-0 annihilation of East End Park on Saturday.

A hat-trick from Roman Neal and a brace from Danny Maw helped Bardsey heap more pressure on the relegation strugglers with Nicholas Black and Patrick Flannery completing the scoring.

The match was Barraclough’s penultimate in charge of his much-loved Bardsey side with an emotional final game against Robin Hood Athletic to come on Saturday.

Barraclough described his side as ‘different class’ after the game and said that his side were determined to send him off on a euphoric note for his final games in charge.

He said: “I told them to just go out and enjoy themselves. I have got two games left so go and enjoy it and express yourselves so they went out and did just that.

“We are like a family down there, I have done a lot for them and they have constantly repaid me on the pitch, we are very close.

“They want to send me off on a high, a lot of sides have struggled there so to go and beat them 7-0 and it could have been more and it could have been an annihilation.”

Barraclough is now hoping for a similar performance as he oversees his final game for Bardsey but admitted his decision to leave has been the ‘hardest’ he’s had to make.

He said: “I’m not just leaving a managerial position in football, these are my friends and I have spent the last seven to eight years here, its going to be a massive culture shock.

“I’m going to miss it but I’m not doing it for me. I’m doing it for the benefit of the club so someone can come in with new ideas, different team talks and freshen the league up a bit.

“I’m sure that there will be a big queue for this job because it’s one of the best sides in the county and that’s a credit to the players and I’m very proud of them.”