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Steeton derby joy comes at cost
Steeton finally played – and won – their fourth-round West Riding County FA Challenge Cup tie at home to Oxenhope Recreation on Saturday.
But the 3-0 victory at Summerhill Lane, which was given the go-ahead at the fifth attempt, proved costly in terms of injuries for the Chevrons.
Damien Whiteoak broke a leg and Jamie Longley suffered a medial ligament injury in the derby victory that gave Steeton a home quarter-final against Brighouse Town Reserves this Saturday.
Steeton’s manager Roy Mason said: “One or two of the challenges weren’t great but it was a local derby and neither side had played much recently.
“Damien has fractured a fibula and will probably miss most of the season, while Jamie is set to be out for two months. Fortunately, central midfield is the area in which we have the most strength in depth.”
With more heavy rain towards the end of last week, other venues had been lined up to ensure the game finally went ahead if Steeton’s Doris Wells Memorial Field ground was not fit.
But the game got the green light at Steeton’s home and Mason said: “The pitch was in better condition than we expected given all the rain overnight on Friday but our groundstaff had put in a lot of work, both during the week and on the day.
“We were just pleased to get the game on – and to get the win.
“The first 25 minutes were ‘even-Steven’ so we made a tactical switch to pack our midfield to stop the supply line to Michael Garnett.
“In the second half, we were slightly down the slope and kept them on the back foot and created numerous chances I thought we were worthy winners on the day.”
Mason faced an unusual situation at the end of the first half. He said: “We were rewarded with a big crowd of over 200 – in fact the queue was so big for pie and peas at half-time that I couldn’t get back into the changing room!”