CROSSFLATTS Village player-manager Kevin Gill hopes the best is still to come as his side chase silverware on four fronts.

Village are well-placed for promotion from the Bradford Sunday Alliance Championship after switching from the Wharfedale Triangle League last summer and are also still in three cup competitions.

Last Sunday’s league game against rivals Toller FC was postponed but momentum is still with Flatts as they reach the business end of the campaign.

Gill said: “We took a bit of time to get motoring at the start of the season but we are improving every week and putting in 100 per-cent effort – that’s all I can ask.

"The players all know their roles now and we have developed a winning habit, even when we aren’t playing at our best.”

The club are currently third in the Championship behind Station Hotel and Toller FC but, with games in hand, Gill is hopeful of catching both.

“I was disappointed when Sunday’s game against Toller was called off but it gives us time to rest and prepare for this Sunday’s Keighley FA Sunday Cup Quarter-final tie at Cullingworth.

"We will be having two vital training sessions before Sunday to make sure the lads are ready for that local derby which is bound to be a fairly tasty affair.”

Gill is pleased with the attitude of his squad, particularly those who have spent more time on the sidelines than they would have liked.

He said: “I am really happy with my whole squad – not just those who have been starting, but the ones that have come off the bench. Competition for places is fantastic and those who don’t make the starting XI don’t sulk or moan, which makes for great team camaraderie on and off the pitch.

"With games coming thick and fast now, I am going to need a big squad to get through all the fixtures that we have. Everyone will have a part to play.”

Gill went on to praise the fans who have turned out in huge numbers both home and away this season.

He said: “What more can I say about our fans? Not many Sunday league teams have home attendances of over 100 regularly do they? They turn up in numbers regardless of the weather and they travel in droves away. I can’t praise them enough. I now it’s a cliché but they are our 12th man.”

With promotion the number one priority for Village, Gill still wants his side to do themselves justice in the cups.

“Getting promotion is our number one aim but we still want to get as far as we can in the cups," he said.

"Getting to the semi-finals of the County Cup is a great achievement but we aren’t finished yet. We play HT Sports on April 13. That will be the biggest game in our club’s history, make no mistake about it.”

The club are also in the semi-finals of the League Cup when they play Premiership leaders Olympic FC on Sunday, April 8 at Rawdon Meadows.

Gill said: “That is also a massive game against the Premier League’s title favourites who have won all eight of their league games so far and currently sit second place with games in hand.

"We will probably start this one as underdogs but that won’t bother us in the slightest. The game will also show us how far we have progressed this season.”