Halifax Irish 1
Steeton got back to winning ways with a solid West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division win at Halifax Irish.
A brace from Lee Reilly added to earlier goals from Mark McGee and Graham Holmes ensured Steeton bounced back to winning ways following a much better performance than last week’s showing at Huddersfield YMCA.
With Graham Holmes returning to the starting line-up, Steeton had a bit more presence up front than they have had in previous weeks.
Ryan Cox and new signing Tobias Rawcliffe both started on the bench.
Steeton had a great chance straight from the kick-off as hesitancy in the home defence allowed Holmes in but his shot was blocked by the keeper’s legs.
Chances kept falling to Steeton and Lee Reilly was narrowly wide and Andy Holden screwed over from Mark McGee’s pull back.
Steeton did get the reward their play deserved when a quick free-kick found McGee, who finished well into the bottom corner.
This should have been the platform for Steeton to build on but a lapse in concentration let in the home side for a leveller with their first foray into the Steeton half.
It could have got worse for the visitors when Irish struck the foot of a post as the goal lifted them and their confidence grew.
Steeton again went close, Jack Richmond firing over and McGee just failed to get on the end of a great cross from Michael Rhodes.
Holmes then had a shot blocked as the conditions started to hamper Steeton’s free flowing passing game.
The interval probably saw the home team the happier of the two sides, with Steeton hoping that missed chances wouldn’t cost them too dearly.
The second period couldn’t have got off to a better start and Holmes, who was now finding his feet in the game, made space inside the box and fired home to give Steeton the lead that their play deserved.
However, despite numerous more chances the home side were hanging on and were lucky to get away with things as their tendency to play football was costing them as they were constantly losing possession.
Steeton made their first change with Rawcliffe being introduced for his first start.
He showed some nice touches and was narrowly over the bar after finding himself in space on the edge of the box.
Tim Hird was next to try his luck from long range but again was narrowly over.
The turning point in the game came with 20 minutes to play. Sam Rooke burst forward and he was hauled down on the edge of the box and the referee was left with no alternative than to send off the Halifax defender who was the last man.
This decision knocked the stuffing out of the home side and Joe Park then fed Lee Reilly who calmly smashed home the third to seal the game for Steeton.
Arley Barnes then did well to break up a rare attack from the home side and he fed Josh Huntley, on for the tiring Holmes, who fired over when he should have hit the target.
The keeper then did well to block from Huntley at close range before Ryan Cox did well in midfield and he fed Reilly who confidently chipped the keeper to seal the game.
Steeton: Brooksbank, Rhodes, Park (Cox), Barnes, Rooke, Richmond (Rawcliffe), Holden, Hird, Reilly, Holmes (Huntley), McGee