Proposed constitutions have been announced for both West Yorkshire’s senior leagues.
In the West Yorkshire League Oxenhope Rec will be joined in the Premier Division by promoted Knaresborough Town and Robin Hood Athletic, with Kippax and Whitkirk Wanderers dropping to Division One.
New teams in the league are Hall Green United and Reserves (from County Amateur), Middleton Park and Reserves (Yorkshire Amateur League) and Fryston (switched from Sunday football) all playing in Division Two (Reserves in Alliance Two).
Oxenhope Rec Reserves have gained the reserve teams of Aberford Albion, Boroughbridge, Ilkley Town and Whitkirk Wanderers in Alliance One, with the second strings of Bardsey, Kippax and Ripon City dropping to Alliance Two. It means their fixtures will increase by two with the division climbing from 13 to 14 teams.
Meanwhile, the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division brings new opponents for Steeton in the shape of Hunsworth and Lower Hopton, up from Division One, while only Lepton are relegated, following the defection of Hall Green United to the West Yorkshire League, giving a reprieve to Halifax Irish.
In Division One, Steeton Reserves welcome new opposition from Division Two in the shape of Dudley Hill Rangers, Thornes and DRAM Community, with Salts Reserves and Bay Athletic Reserves relegated.
League newcomers are Yorkshire Amateur League champions Gildersome Spurs OB, Honley (Huddersfield League) and Hunslet & Parkside Club (Leeds Red Triangle), all in Division Two.
Steeton have made it six of the best in the annual West Riding County Amateur League Programme of the Year awards.
The Chevrons have won the title for the fourth consecutive season and the sixth time overall for their much-heralded publication.
The programme is edited by Keighley Kicks’ own Martin Crangle, who was delighted to pick up the prestigious title yet again.
Wibsey 6 Steeton Res 2
Steeton were away at Wibsey knowing that they were in for a tough game being up against a first team outfit but with a good win the previous week confidence was high amongst the squad.
Martin Bland was called up for the first team so the back four were all under 18’s. Read more
Steeton Reserves 3 Bay Athletic Reserves 1
Birthday honour: Josh Ferguson was captain for the day.
Steeton were at home against Bay Athletic Res, who have constantly been a thorn in Steeton’s side for many years always seeming to get the upper hand whenever they played each other.
Due to Jack Richmond being unavailable Steeton changed their tactics back to 4-4-2 with Rickaby given his home debut alongside Cope, added to this Bland was back in defence and Holmes upfront alongside Bailey.
It was also Josh Ferguson’s 17th birthday so he was given the captain’s arm-band.
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League win: Steeton’s Michael Rhodes
West Riding County Amateur League 2
Steeton’s Michael Rhodes helped the West Riding County Amateur League through to a trip to the Manchester League in the next round of the FA Inter Leagues Cup.
The defender was part of the representative team that beat the Essex and Suffolk Border League 2-1 at AFC Sudbury on Saturday. Read more
Steeton Reserves 1 Wakefield City 2
Steeton Reserves were facing Wakefield City who were third in Division One of the West Riding County Amateur League and unlucky not to gain promotion last season having finished third again.
The reserves were in a position to play Arley Barnes and Sam Rooke with both coming back from injury so it was important that they got 90 minutes and with 1st team not having a game Adam Spencer came into the side too. This meant that Joe Mason, Aaron Dickson and Dom Mortimer were on the bench but it had been explained the reasons why and it wasn’t based on their individual performances. Read more
League call: Steeton’s Michael Rhodes
Steeton’s Michael Rhodes has been called up for representative action tomorrow.
The Chevrons 32-year-old defender is in a 17-man squad for the West Riding County Amateur League’s FA Inter League Cup tie at AFC Sudbury against the Essex & Suffolk Border League.
Bay Athletic 3 Steeton 2
Steeton suffered last minute heartache as the reigning champions came from a goal down to snatch the three points in what was a fantastic advertisement for the County Amateur league.
Steeton suffered a blow the morning before the game with Phil Rishton being ruled out through injury. Paul Linyard was drafted back into the side, while Tim Hird was handed his full debut in the middle of midfield.
The persistent drizzle throughout the morning had produced a surface the was conductive to a fast passing game which suited both teams. Steeton had the first opportunity when Andy King fired over after good work from Danny McNulty.
Steeton Res 3-1 Salts Res
Steeton Reserves last night secured promotion to the First Division of the West Riding County Amateur League with a 3-1 victory against Salts Reserves.
Goals came from Paul Linyard, Ross Bailey and Eddie Jenkins.
West Riding County Amateur Cup semi- final:
Steeton 1-0 Golcar
Steeton have reached the West Riding County Amateur league cup final with a 1-0 win over Golcar. With the score at 0-0 it looked as if penalties would be required to settle the game – but in the 113th minute Andy King was felled in the box and Michael Rhodes confidently dispatched the penalty. Steeton now face Ovenden, the team they are tied with at the top of the Premier Division, in the final after they beat Hall Green 3-1 in their semi final.
Steeton 9-0 Kirkburton
Steeton kept themselves in the thick of the Premier Division title scrap in the West Riding County Amateur League, after a 9-0 demolition of a weakened Kirkburton side.
Two hat tricks from Lee Reilly and Chris Simpson helped the Chevrons to an emphatic victory, along with goals from Jamie Longley, Andy Holden and Arley Barnes.
Manager Roy Mason was happy with the performance.
“I was happy with the way we approached the game against a weakened Kirkburton side, it gives us a great platform for two big games this week”
Silsden remain level on points with top of the league Ovenden, however after a truly bizarre result for Ovenden yesterday, Steeton find themselves nine goals behind on goal difference. Ovenden managed to overturn Overthorpe by an astounding 17 goals to 0. Third placed Bay Athletic also carry a huge threat. They find themselves five points behind the top 2, but have three games in hand.
Steeton face Golcar in the semi-finals of the Premier Division Cup on Wednesday, before facing Ovenden in a monumental clash on Saturday 4th May.
The West Riding County Amateur League have been drawn away to the Suffolk & Ipswich League in the preliminary round of the FA Inter-League Cup.
The tie has to be played before April 27.
The West Riding County Amateur League have vacancies for two new clubs for next season.
Applications are being invited from established, progressive and ambitious Saturday clubs to join the league.
Any club interested should send an email, outlining details of the club, ground, changing localities, and the league you presently play to the league’s general secretary Stuart Marsden – email@example.com
Steeton are celebrating belated championship success.
The West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division side have this week been named as winners of the 2011/12 season programme of the year award.
First-team manager Roy Mason said: “Many congratulations to Martin Crangle and his team for a job well done. We will look to make next season’s publication even better.”
Bronte Wanderers Reserves have been moved up from Division Three of the West Riding County Amateur League, despite finishing bottom last season.
But it is purely down to a redistribution of teams with the competition losing a full division and now having only 43 members.
All seven of last season’s Division Three teams have been elevated to a new 15-strong Division Two, which also includes Steeton Reserves. No new teams have been admitted to the league.
Bronte’s first team stay in Division One, while Steeton are the area’s only representatives in the Premier Division. The top two divisions stay with 14 teams in each.
Steeton and Bronte Wanderers have both been demoted in non-League football’s structure.
The Football Association has decided the West Riding County Amateur League does not meet the minimum criteria for official feeder league status and has withdrawn its Step 7 provisional ranking.
Steeton are one of fewer than 40 per cent of Premier Division clubs with the necessary grade.
It is good news for Oxenhope Rec though, the West Yorkshire League has been marked up to full Step Seven status and, with the Central Midlands League, Humber Premier League and Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League also feeding into the Northern Counties East League, it means Yorkshire finally has a fully integrated system of promotion and relegation.
Steeton Reserves 2 Rawdon Old Boys 6
Stevie Lee pulled one back
Steeton made a nightmare start, going 3-0 down inside 14 minutes, in their final West Riding County Amateur League Division Two match of the season.
But they staged a recovery with Stevie Lee pulling one back and Will Lee converting a penalty to make it 3-2.
Sam Lee then missed a good chance to equalise and Steeton were made to pay as the visitors rattled in three more unanswered goals.
Steeton 1 Marsden 1
Lee Reilly left it late to earn Steeton something out of their final West Riding County Amateur League game of the season.
Sean Gott put the visitors ahead but Reilly equalised in the 90th minute.
The home striker then almost clinched an unlikely win but his stoppage time shot hit the bar.