STEETON have had a busy week on and off the field, making a couple of hugely important announcements.

One that should have an impact in the dugout is the appointment of Jacob Mistry as the club’s new assistant manager.

Only last week, Mistry departed his role as Silsden’s West Yorkshire League manager, and he will now get to work in a first-team environment alongside the Chevrons’ long-serving boss Roy Mason.

The job has opened up due to the departure of chairman Pete Jeffrey, with Stewart Airdrie replacing him, leaving his role as Mason’s assistant in the process.

Mistry comes in at Steeton with good pedigree, having led the Cobbydalers’s second team to consecutive second place finishes in the WYL Premier Division and a League Cup title.

He also had a great record of promoting young players into the first team, who play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, with three youngsters getting to make that leap last season alone.

Mistry has told his new club he is “hopeful of giving the fans something to celebrate at the end of the season”, after Steeton could only finish a lowly 14th in the 18-team North West Counties Football League First Division North, just four points clear of the relegation zone.

And off the field, a delighted Steeton have announced that their new main club sponsor will be Airedale Group.

The firm, which is based in Cross Hills, have been the club’s match sponsor for the past few seasons but will now have their company logo across the home and away kits, as well as the matchday warm up tops.

Chairman Airdrie said: “Without the help of local businesses like Airedale Group backing us it would be very difficult for us to compete at this level.

“Their support allows us to hopefully push ourselves on to the next level.”

Mason added: “It is a great boost for everyone at the club and we are hugely grateful to Chris and his team for their support and we are all now eagerly awaiting the new season to start.”

The Chris who Mason refers to is Chris Chadwick, Airedale Group’s executive chairman.

Giving his take on the company’s partnership with Steeton, Chadwick said: “We are delighted to get behind Steeton and help them try and progress in their non-league adventure.

“We know the work that everyone is putting in at the club and hopefully our support will enable the club to push towards the top end of the table this coming season.”