Steeton & Silsden double..
Today’s football fix involved a 1pm cup clash at Steeton, followed by a 3pm league game at Silsden. Now that the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, with games increasingly kicking off earlier in competitions at non-floodlit grounds, this gives the you opportunity of doubling-up with a second game later on at somewhere else nearby with floodlights.The Silsden v Winsford United report can be found on a separate page. The first game of the day though, involved a visit to Steeton, to see the home side take on opponents Ovenden West Riding in the County FA Challenge Cup…
Match Details: Steeton 0 – Ovenden West Riding 2 (WRCC R2)
Destination: The Doris Wells Memorial Field, Summerhill Lane, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorks, BD20 6RX
Competition: West Riding County FA Challenge Cup, Round Two
Attendance: 50 (head count)
Admission: None charged
Programme: £1.00 (36 pages / 12 of adverts)
Tea Hut purchases: Mug of tea, 50p
Conditions: Dull but fine / pitch bearing up quite well following some rain earlier
Directions: Steeton’s ground is easily reachable by public transport, being just five minutes’ walk from Steeton & Silsden rail station (which itself is served by regular trains from the likes of Leeds, Bradford, Shipley, Keighley and Skipton). On exiting the station, turn left onto the main road. Summerhill Lane is then a left turn after a couple of hundred yards, and the football pitch is on your right almost immediately.
Off The Pitch: Aside from the fact that it has no spectator cover (nor any dugouts for the participants currently) despite being in an area well known for its rainy climate, Steeton’s ground is one of the nicest Step-7 locations in the region. Located aside a (non-overlapping) cricket pitch, the ground is compact but homely, with nice backdrops at three sides and a cosy clubhouse at the other. In recent times, the club has also issued a decent match programme for all home games, making it an attractive destination for neutrals as well as local supporters. Steeton had a pretty decent-sized crowd of around 50 to watch them today, with most being home supporters and a few neutrals also present. It was also nice to see quite a few people who followed a league team at other times, coming to cheer on their local non-league side while they had a Saturday dinner time spare.
On The Pitch: Visitors Ovenden WR currently sit at the top of the County Amateur League’s Premier Division table, four places above homesters Steeton, and totally bossed the first half of this game. Steeton got off to a really slow start, and were all at sixes, sevens, and even eights sometimes, with what you might call some ‘heated debate’ going on both within the team and between one of two players and the manager over whether their initial tactics and formation were working. To their credit, in the latter stages of the first half they came more into the game, and after half-time they played much better and looked pretty much on equal terms to Ovenden. However, the first half hour had also seen the visitors notch up a deserved two-goal lead, and ultimately it was this extra punch up front that was to prove decisive. Steeton, for all their endevours, just didn’t look like they could find a way through the Ovenden back-line, and when Steeton wasted a direct free-kick just outside the box by shooting tamely wide with around ten minutes remaining, I took that as a sign that it was not going to be their day for a comeback, and headed for Silsden in order to catch kick-off time in their game.
(see here for Silsden v Winsford Utd 3pm report: https://thedribblingcode.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/sat-5-nov-2011-silsden-v-winsford-united-nwcl-prem/)