Steeton entertain Oxenhope tomorrow in the last 16 of the County Cup.
The game kicks off at 13.00 and the club are expecting a big crowd. Manager, Roy Mason has been speaking in the local press in the build up this week.
Steeton boss Roy Mason hopes Saturday’s crunch cup tie with Oxenhope can give Keighley football a ‘shot in the arm’.
A place in the last eight of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup is at stake when his side host their Worth Valley neighbours in one of the biggest games the area has seen in recent years.
And, weather permitting, Mason hopes the match can help put Keighley back on the map in the amateur game.
He said: “From the town’s perspective, it is a great game.
“Since Silsden won it (in 2003), I don’t think the district has had a side reach the quarter-finals.
“The game in Keighley needs a bit of a shot in the arm and I hope whoever wins on Saturday goes on to reach the final.
“There is a bit of a buzz about the game and I hope the Keighley public really get behind it.”
The sides clashed in the Keighley Cup earlier this season but the stakes are higher this weekend. Whoever wins will be just two games away from the final at Elland Road.
“The county cup really is the pinnacle in local football and, along with the league, is our priority this season,” said Mason.
The Chevrons are targeting revenge for their 5-4 defeat to Oxenhope in October.
Mason said: “We knew we might face Oxenhope when we met Beeston in the last round.
“That was a bit of a spur, especially given our Keighley Cup game against them when we didn’t perform that well.
“Normally, we’d have to wait another year to face them, so it’s nice to get another opportunity to prove we are a better team than what we showed last time.
“It will be a tough game. All credit to Oxenhope, who have really grown stronger over the past few years.”
Oxenhope’s key man in their Keighley Cup triumph was striker Michael Garnett, who scored four times.
The big striker missed their West Yorkshire League Premier Division 3-2 defeat at Leeds City last Saturday with a side strain but is expected to be fit this weekend.
At the moment the pitch is very heavy after all the recent rain and the club will be holding a pitch inspection on Saturday morning.
Today's home game with Ovenden has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. We are looking at moving the fixture to Ovenden providing their pitch passes an 11am inspection.
An inspection is planned for the reserves game at Lower Hopton this am.
Updates to follow.
The first team earned a home tie with Oxenhope following a 2-1 win at West Yorkshire side Beeston St Anthony's.
After going a goal behind in the first minute, Steeton levelled through Pete Hanson. The home side were then reduced to ten men following an off the ball incident. Tim Hird struck the winner just before half time.
The reserves lost 4-0 at Rothwell, but it was a very young Steeton side mainly made up of the U18 squad.
Reilly late show
A 92nd Lee Reilly penalty stole the points for Steeton after it looked like Callum Cook's goal in the 91st minute had rescued a point for Halifax Irish. Reilly had given Steeton the leadl, only for Max Crossley to level things up. Andy Holden restored the lead before Gareth Jones restored parity. An own goal then put Steeton 3-2 ahead with 17 minutes remaining before the late drama.
The reserves went down 6-2 at Wibsey. After falling behind by four gpals at half time, they improved in the second period and goals from Craig Gregory and Josh Ferguson saw us regain a bit of pride. The game saw debuts for Tom Leach and Lewis Robinson from the U18 side, indeed six of our U18 squad were involved, that coupled with two also being in the first team squad the clubs push to youth will long term prove fruitful.
The under 18's had no game this week.