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Steeton switched on for cup win
9:35am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
Steeton 7 Denholme 0
Steeton took full advantage of Denholme’s decision to switch the West Riding County Challenge Cup game to Summerhill Lane and ended up comfortable winners in their first-round tie.
The Chevrons started brightly as Andy King crossed from the left for Andy Holden to fire just wide.
Pete Hanson headed over Holden’s corner but it didn’t take long for them to capitalise on their superiority.
After 15 minutes, King fed Adam Spencer superbly and he kept his composure to slide home the opening goal.
Spencer then almost doubled the lead a minute later but the home keeper did well to block after a surging run from Andy Foster.
Lee Reilly was alert to latch on to the keeper’s weak clearance but he did well to redeem himself by foiling Steeton’s leading scorer.
He then flung himself to tip over Spencer’s goal-bound header and, from the resulting corner, got a strong hand to Foster’s header.
Spencer was unlucky when his persistence almost paid off as he won the ball from the defender and struck the underside of the bar with a first-time effort.
Steeton doubled their lead on 37 minutes when Holden’s cross was met by a Denholme defender, who inadvertently diverted the ball into his own net. Holden then went close to a third but again the Denholme keeper kept them in the game with a fine one-handed save.
The second half saw Steeton grab an early goal to kill the tie. Holden was too fast for the full back and his whipped-in, low cross was turned in at the far post by Reilly.
Spencer was again foiled by the woodwork following a header from Michael Rhodes’ cross but King made it four as he drilled home from the edge of the box into the bottom lefthand corner.
Steeton made a double change, with Jamie Longley returning from injury and Tim Hird making his second appearance for the club.
This added fresh impetus as Longley fired narrowly over.
Hanson should have added a fifth when he was unmarked in the six-yard box but fired wide.
King did make it five, drilling through a group of players to cap a fine performance.
Reilly then ghosted in at the far post to claim his second and Steeton’s sixth after good work from King.
The icing on the cake came in injury-time as Steeton added a seventh which, in truth, gave a truer reflection to the game.
Reilly picked the ball up inside the box and fired home from an acute angle to claim his hat-trick.
Boss Roy Mason said: “Credit to Denholme who never gave up.
“I was pleased with the way we kept attacking throughout but also kept our discipline at the back and kept another clean sheet.
“Hopefully we can have a decent run in the competition this season.
Steeton: Rishton, Rhodes, McNulty, Hanson, Rooke (Longley), Whiteoak (Kershaw), Holden, Foster (Hird), Spencer, Longley, A King.
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