Steeton hope to bloom against ‘red rose’ side

Roy Mason, centre, congratulates his team during their victory over Oxenhope in the last round. Pictures: Simon Pickles

Roy Mason, centre, congratulates his team during their victory over Oxenhope in the last round.
Pictures: Simon Pickles

Joy for the Chevrons against Oxenhope.

Joy for the Chevrons against Oxenhope.

Steeton are hoping for a big crowd tomorrow when they welcome ‘red rose’ visitors in the quarter-final of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup, 1pm.
Visitors to Summerhill Lane for the last-eight tie are Brighouse Town Reserves, who play in the Lancashire League. The development side of the Northern Counties East League big guns are one of eight Yorkshire teams playing the wrong side of the Pennines in the competition and are unbeaten after 11 games, trailing leaders FC United of Manchester by a point.
Chevrons boss Roy Mason is hopeful his West Riding County Amateur League side will make more history as their best-ever run in the competition continues.
The public turned out in force for their 3-0 Keighley derby victory over Oxenhope Rec in the previous round and Mason would love to see the same backing tomorrow.
WRCFA Challenge CupMason told the Keighley News: “This represents an excellent opportunity to progress to a stage where we have never been before.
“The quarter-finals are already unchartered waters and it would just be massive if we could go further. There is a great incentive.
“We had a big crowd against Oxenhope and we hope the people of Keighley get behind us and we hope to go all the way.”
Mason is expecting an entertaining match and said: “They are going to be a young side who like to pass the ball around and have had some good wins to get to this stage. We tend to play better against better footballing sides rather than those who are more direct. For the neutral, I think it could be quite an attractive game.”
The winners will play Goole United in the semi-final at County FA headquarters at Woodlesford with Ovenden WR, quarter-final conquerors of Silsden Reserves awaiting the winners of Bay Athletic and Field (who beat Crosshills 10-0 in the last round) in the other last-four tie.
As well as Oxenhope (3-0), Steeton have so far knocked out Denholme United (7-0), Alwoodley (6-4) and Beeston St Anthony (2-1) to reach this stage, while Brighouse have despatched East End Park (5-4), Wibsey (2-0) and Brighouse Old Boys (2-1).

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