BRADFORD suffered the narrowest of defeats at home to rivals Leeds at Bracken Ghyll which leaves them stuck at the wrong end of the Yorkshire Inter-District League table.

The second-placed visitors edged to a 19-17 victory in a fixture which went down to the last match still out on the course between Northcliffe's Jordan Clements and Barry Hardcastle.

Clements, who was awarded his Bradford Union colours on the day, was level going down the 16th but his Wike Ridge opponent eeked out a one-hole victory down the last which gave Leeds the spoils.

There was very little to choose between the teams as they finished the morning foursomes all square at 6-6.

Skipton debutant Max Berrisford combined with Jack Lampkin to get the hosts off to a good start with a 2&1 win. Stalwarts Terry Brushwood and Andy Town provided the other morning triumph, coming from one down through seven holes to claim a 3&2 win.

Host player Lampkin made the most of local knowledge to produce an opening singles win (4&3) and Oliver Tasker won a tight match 3&1 over Simon Coumbe.

Berrisford completed an excellent debut with a half to leave Bradford 11-9 up but that was turned into a 17-13 deficit as only Rob Hillas won in the middle order (3&1).

Brushwood and Town completed maximum hauls but the last match out on the course went Leeds' way.

Bradford captain Martin Gaffney said: "Like so many of our matches, the result was very close and a few putts could have made all the difference."

His side remain second from bottom but victory over York on August 20 at Malton & Norton would see them leapfrog their hosts.