West Yorkshire League: New boss guides Bardsey to draw at Wetherby Athletic

Wetherby's Josh Barden was on the score-sheet last night (Visualised Photography)
Wetherby's Josh Barden was on the score-sheet last night (Visualised Photography)
  • Wetherby and Bardsey draw ends 1-1
  • Knaresborough Reserves lose out to Otley Town
  • Boroughbridge hit five past Aberford
  • Ripon City pick up first point of the season

Bardsey’s new boss Dave Holmes managed his side to their first point of the season as he secured a 1-1 draw at Wetherby Athletic.

Tom Frankland’s 55th minute strike levelled the scores after Josh Barden had put Wetherby ahead on the stroke of half time and was enough to move Bardsey off the foot of the table.

Wetherby will be disappointed not to take maximum points from the derby and now trail early leaders Carlton Athletic by five points.

Wetherby’s evening got off to a difficult start as Luke Dubery had to pull out prior to the match with a back injury, joining Jon Maloney on the sidelines.

Bardsey had the first golden chance to open the scoring when Craig Hackworth slipped at a crucial moment and allowed his attempted half-volley to bobble away.

Wetherby capitalised on Bardsey’s miss moments later when Charlie Yates rounded the goalkeeper and squared for Barden to fire past the only covering defender.

Wetherby Athletic's Tom Oates (Visualised Photography)

Wetherby Athletic's Tom Oates (Visualised Photography)

Bardsey found an equaliser in the second half when Frankland found himself one on one with Liam Corbett and deftly chipped over the Wetherby ‘keeper into the net.

The two neighbouring sides pushed for a winner in the final 15 minutes, but neither could find a decisive goal and Bardsey will be the happier with the result.

Wetherby manager Mark Forster said: “I didn’t recognise us from pre-season, we were panicky in possession and slow to close down.

“We gifted them a goal after more poor passing and had too many players off it again.

“I am totally bemused by the last two performances which have been way below what we expect from this talented group of players.

“Liam McEntee looked sharp when he came on and Charlie never stopped running but we dropped two points tonight for sure.”

Also in the Premier Division, Knaresborough Town reserves slumped to a second defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at home to Otley Town.

In the second tier, Daz Ekin’s Boroughbridge continued their solid start to the season with a 5-0 dismantling of Aberford Albion.

Boro had put five past Ripon City last Wednesday, and continued their mid-week hot streak with Danny Rimell, Chris Hastings, Jake Fletcher and a Ben Jones double putting Aberford to the sword.

The thumping win at Aldborough road means Boroughbridge are the division’s second highest scorers and jump up to fifth.

Also in Division One, Ripon City and Sherburn White Rose got their first points of the season playing out entertaining 2-2 draws against Whitkirk Wanderes and Featherstone Colliery.

Ripon manager Mick Baldwin was hopeful of getting his season on track after three successive defeats and now has a point to build on going into Saturday’s tie at Baldon Trinity Athletic.

Finally, in Division Two, Barwick were handed a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Mount St. Mary’s.