Steeton 1, Bay Athletic 4
Steeton went down to current West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division champions Bay Athletic in a game that was turned on its head in a crazy five-minute spell in the second half.
With the home team having to make changes following the previous week’s win over Brighouse Town, Mark McGee came in for his first start of the season, and Pete Hanson, Danny McNulty and Martin Bland also began the game.
Bay went close early on as they looked to put their West Riding FA County Challenge Cup exit behind them, although Andy King had an early shot just wide of the target before Bay planted a free header over the bar from a corner.
Graham Holmes did well to turn and strike over the bar from a tight angle while, at the other end, Phil Rishton did well to block as Bay started to move the ball well.
Steeton then lost Hanson through injury, and he was replaced by George Sellars. But in a half of relatively few chances, the teams went in level at the break.
Bay seized the initiative only four minutes into the second half as a sweeping move from the left saw Kieran Ryan drill the ball home for the opener.
McNulty went close after cutting in from the left, his shot being parried for a corner. From the resulting Andy Holden corner, King back-flicked a great effort to level things up.
The game now started to open up, and Bland was adjudged to have pulled the shirt of the Bay striker, full back Danny Stocker confidently stepping up to put the visitors ahead from the spot.
Within two minutes, Steeton had the opportunity to level as Holmes was dragged down in the box, but Holden’s spot-kick struck a post and went wide.
This proved a turning point as a ball over the top allowed Matty Mulville to stab home past the advancing Rishton.
A minute later, it was game over as Rishton failed to hold a long-range effort and Andy Salm headed a fourth.
Steeton handed Ross Bailey a debut, and Casey Dowthwaite did well for the home side in the last 20 minutes, also off the bench.
Steeton: Rishton, Hanson (Sellars), McNulty, Kershaw (Bailey), Bland, Ogalbe, Holden (Dowthwaite), Hird, McGee, Holmes, King. Substitutes (not used): Morgan, Barnes.
Steeton have coach tickets on sale at £7 for their West Riding County FA Challenge Cup semi-final against Goole United on Thursday, April 3 (7.30).
They are available from Steeton Newsagents, The Old Star and Soldier and Sailors Club, both in Steeton, and Keighley Liberal Club.