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Home comfort for Steeton as they march on in Premier Cup
4:57pm Thursday 1st November 2012 in Sport
Steeton 3 Lepton Highlanders 1
Steeton finally won a home game this season, thankfully ending an mazing record for a side who top the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division table.
With manager Roy Mason away in India on business, Rob Horton took charge of the side for the Premier Cup clash and handed Patrick King his first start of the season following a late withdrawal from Damien Whiteoak.
Sam Rooke was still suffering from a bug and both Jamie Longley and Lee Reilly returned after injuries.
Steeton suffered an early blow when Andy Holden pulled up with an injury after only ten minutes and was replaced by Joe Park.
The Chevrons played the better football in the opening period but the away side took the lead when Gary Bradley headed home on 18 minutes from a floated ball into the box.
Steeton hit back, with Arley Barnes and Andy King pulling the strings as Chris Simpson levelled just before half-time. On the balance of play, it was no more than they deserved.
The hosts took the lead on 68 minutes when Patrick King broke play up in the midfield and played in Simpson, who cooly rounded the keeper and slotted home from a tight angle.
At this stage the home side were playing some of their best football of the season. Their one-touch passing was too much for their Hudders-field opponents.
Park made things safe as he burst into the box to fire past the right of the Lepton keeper in the 84th minute.
Steeton’s reward is a home tie with Marsden in the next round.
Horton was delighted with the display, saying: “It was one of our best performances this season in terms of the way we passed the ball around and also the chances we created.
“It’s nice to get the first home win and, while I don’t like singling people out, Patrick King had a great game, making his first start of the season in central midfield.
“He’s been patient and deserved his opportunity.”
Steeton have no game this weekend following their County Cup exit.
Steeton: Rishton, Rhodes, A King, Christian, Kershaw, PJ King, Holden (Park), Barnes, Reilly, Simpson, Longley. Subs not used: Horton, Rooke.