Steeton boss looks for support

Steeton manager Roy Mason

Steeton manager Roy Mason

First published in Sport

Steeton boss Roy Mason is hoping for another big crowd as his side bid to make more history in the West Riding County Challenge Cup on Saturday (1pm).

The public turned out in force for their 3-0 triumph over Oxenhope in the last round and Mason would love to see the same backing when they host Brighouse Town Reserves in the quarter-finals.

Steeton have already gone further in the competition than ever before and, weather permitting, victory on Saturday would see them earn a semi-final against Goole United AFC at County FA headquarters at Woodlesford.

Mason said: “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 Oxen-hope and we’re trying to get an even bigger one on Saturday. We hope the people of Keighley get behind us and we hope to go all the way.”

Brighouse Town Reserves are the development side of the club who play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

Mason 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.”

Saturday will be the third attempt to stage the tie at the Doris Wells Memorial Field after last weekend’s second successive postponement due to the weather.

Mason is optimistic the clash will get the green light this time.

He said: “The pitch should have dried out.

“It was looking good for us getting the game on last week. We had the pitch cut and rolled on Friday but then the overnight rain killed us.”

Bay Athletic will make a fifth attempt to host Field in the other remaining last-eight fixture, with the winners facing Ovenden West Riding.

Having needed five attempts to get their previous tie on against Oxenhope, Mason admits it has been a hugely frustrating time.

“We’ve not got a huge squad, so the knock-on effects of all these postponements will really test us later in the season,” he said.

“I would not normally say this but it might be a blessing in disguise that we are out of other cups.”

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