Keighley & District FA Supplementary Cup final: Silsden Whitestar Reserves 0 Steeton Reserves 2

SILSDEN Whitestar's second string were unable to match the exploits of their Keighley Cup-winning first team but it was not for want of trying against holders Steeton Reserves, who fielded a side with a strong blend of youth and experience.

Steeton almost took the lead as early as the eighth minute when a shot from Will Knight struck the upright.

Three minutes later former Chevrons player Ryan Narey's effort went narrowly wide of the target.

Steeton were the more dominant in the first half and when Whitestar did attack, mainly down the centre, defenders Kyle Fox and Andy Howland formed a formidable barrier.

Full backs Grieg Hudson and Darragh Davy-Burke coped more than adequately to protect goalkeeper Joe Mash, who was rarely troubled in the first half.

Steeton also had experienced defender Joe Park in their ranks and, despite wearing the number 11 shirt, he stepped back to help out in defence when required.

The only goal of the half came just after the half-hour mark when after a corner kick was scrambled away by the Whitestar defence, the ball fell to Knight who smashed it home.

Although Whitestar had a much better second half, Steeton had the first opportunity in the 47th minute when man-of-the-match Knight saw his snap-shot from around the penalty spot just clear the bar.

In the 50th minute Silsden came close to an equaliser when a free-kick from just outside the area struck the bar and rebounded to safety.

Steeton's Joseph Flaherty, Olly Whitam and Toby Jeffrey had to work hard to contain Whitestar as they came into the game.

But Hudson almost doubled the lead when he was unlucky to see a fine header flash just wide.

Whitestar's Narey and Bradley Fay tested Mash but Steeton's second goal came after a short period of pressure which brought out the best of Whitestar goalkeeper Jonny Rampling.

He was eventually beaten when Steeton skipper Howland produced a brave diving header at the far post from a corner to

to score in the Supplementary Cup final for the second successive year.

Before being replaced by Callum Wear, Knight had one more crack at goal which was superbly parried by Rampling. Whitestar were forced to play the last few minutes with ten men after Narey, who had been cautioned earlier for a foul on Mash, was shown a second yellow for dissent.

After the presentation of the trophy – the ninth time Steeton have won the silverware – Knight was given the man-of-the-match award.

Chevrons team manger Andy Foster said: “I'm very proud of the players who fully deserved this victory. It's a fantastic achievement and rewards the efforts they have all shown throughout the season.”