So far so good? West Yorkshire League

Most of the area’s teams are near the halfway stage in their league seasons. Keighley Kicks has a look at how things are panning out…
First up, the West Yorkshire League. Other local leagues will follow over the next few days

The demise of Sandy Lane three seasons ago leaves Oxenhope Recreation as the Keighley area’s sole representatives in the West Yorkshire League.
But at least this season the club has two teams doing their bit for the far west of the county.
The first team gained promotion to the Premier Division with a last-day drama to pip Wetherby Athletic to the Division One title and have made a reasonable start to their first season at the highest level.
The loss of manager Paul O’Neill provided an early surprise but Mark Bentham has bedded in well although the team have suffered some inconsistent results.
Heavy defeats have been suffered at the hands of Leeds City and Knaresborough Town, but they have been balanced with similarly emphatic victories over Whitkirk Wanderers and Bingley Town (in the Keighley Cup).
The focus for 2012 will be in staying clear of the drop zone and trying to pick up some silverware with the League Cup and Keighley Cup still up for grabs.
But it is the reserve team, playing in the West Yorkshire League for the first time since stepping up from the Craven League, who have been writing the headlines.
They made a remarkable start with 13 wins and two draws from their first 15 matches, before suffering a first defeat of the season two weeks ago.
It leaves the team seven points clear at the top of the Alliance Two table and odds-on for promotion at the first attempt, with hopes of a double, thanks to a semi-final place in the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup.
Tomorrow: West Riding County Amateur League

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