So far so good? West Riding County Amateur 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…
this time, the West Riding County Amateur League.

Frustration has been the name of the game for our four teams in the West Riding County Amateur League.
With Wibsey and Littletown well adrift at the foot of the Premier Division table, Steeton should have no worries about being drawn into any relegation scrap.
Instead, Roy Mason’s team, currently looking solid in midtable, can relax and see if they can put together a decent run to rattle a few cages at the opposite end of the table.
The title race is wide open and, despite losing five of their 13 games, Steeton are only 11 points adrift of top spot with two games in hand.
Although Steeton have taken points off the top teams, an ability to drop points against the strugglers has so far cost them – notably a 2-1 defeat at Littletown to give the bottom club their only win so far.
With five wins and six defeats for Steeton’s second team in Division Two it’s been all or nothing so far.
Frustratingly for manager Clark O’Dwyer, five of those defeats have been by a single goal. Turn those around in the second half of the campaign and the Chevrons could make a late dash for a promotion spot, especially if the prolific Adam Spencer (17 in 12) continues his scoring form. As a bonus, the team are still in the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup.
It’s been a season to forget so far for Bronte Wanderers, with both teams stuck at the wrong end of the Division One and Three tables.
Scoring goals has not been a problem for the first team with strikes registered in all 15 league games so far. With seven against Ventus/Yeadon Celtic, four against Halifax Irish and three against three other opponents, you would expect to see the Haworth exiles at least in mid-table.
Unfortunately, only the seven-goal haul resulted in victory with a leaky defence costing them dearly.
With 11 goals in 12 games, Dave Armstrong will be hopeful his strike return will bring an improved points return before the end of the season to climb away from relegation danger.
With only seven teams in their division, it’s looking grim for Bronte Reserves.
Four points adrift at the foot of the table with only four games to play, they need a large dollop of good luck to save things.
Even so, some of their rivals have only two games remaining so all is not yet lost.
With six defeats and just two draws to their name, they need to turn things around quickly, especially after conceding 60 goals in 12 league and cup fixtures.
The only high spots have seen a county trophy win over Elland All Stars and league draws with Hall Green United and, notably, unbeaten leaders Littletown.
Tomorrow: Halifax League

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