Steeton AFC 6 v 0 Dram Community FC (West Riding County Premier League)
This weekend so the start of the West Riding County Amateur League as Roy Mason side Steeton AFC welcomed Dram Community FC to Summerhill Lane, for the first of three home league games in the next seven days.
Steeton were the stronger of the two sides in what was a fast and furious start to the game, it was the home side that were creating the better chances as they kept possession of the ball. Whittaker’s first real test in the away goal came from a high back pass, which he just managed to get a hand to and stop going over his head, the ball came down just before the goal line for the keeper to collect.
The home side were playing some excellent balls into the channels for both Clarkson and Yates to chase. On a number of occasions the strikers outpaced the Dram back four only to see their shots saved our off target. After about twenty minutes a ball over the top was chased down by Clarkson who chipped the ball over the advancing Whittaker into an empty goal to give Steeton a 1-0 lead.
Steeton AFC continued to press the visitors defence and should have added a second goal on the half hour mark, when they worked an excellent move to the middle of the Dram area only to see the shot well blocked by Lee Maturine.
In the later stages of the first half, Steeton added a second goal following an excellent move down the left by Andy Holden, his cross found Ben Clarkson unmarked five yards from goal and the striker put his header past Whittaker to make the half-time score 2-0.
The second half was much the same as the first with a few good runs by visitors which came to nothing, the Steeton defence stood solid and on the occasions were Dram did get behind the home defence their final shot was always off target.
Early in the second half the home side added a third goal, when a cross from the left hand side was headed past his own goalkeeper by Lee Maturine to make the score 3-0.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, Clarkson should have completed his hat-trick, when Joe Park beat two defenders on the right before cutting into the area and pulling the ball back to Clarkson in the six yard box, but the striker missed the ball and it was cleared.
Steeton, made the game safe when they added a fourth goal midway through the half as Ben Clarkson got onto the end of another cross which he side footed passed Whittaker to complete his hat-trick and give Steeton a 4-0 lead.
The visitors scored their second own goal of the game with around ten minutes to go as Patrick Maylett took the ball down inside the area, before playing the ball across the area to his keeper, however the ball was struck so hard it passed Whittaker and finished in the bottom corner of the goal to make the score 5-0.
Ben Clarkson finished the game with a fourth goal as he got on the end of another cross from the right hand side, Clarkson controlled the ball before placing it passed Whittaker and Maylett to make the full time score 6-0 to Steeton AFC.
Roy Mason will have been pleased with the performance of his squad as they now sit top of the Premier League after scoring six goals and keeping a clean sheet. Steeton AFC will now entertain Route One Rovers to Summerhill Lane on Wednesday evening.
Steeton AFC – Mahomet, Mason, Scott, Morgan, Rooke, Flagherty, Holden, Judd, Clarkson, Yates, Park (Subs) J.Smith, A.Smith, Faqiri
Dram Community FC – Whittaker, Paul, Cuminsky, Whytes, Maylett, Maturine, Franklin, Bellafonte, Ohara, Smith, Matheson (Subs) Mckenzie, Smith, Jepson, Whyte
Goals – (Steeton) Clarkson (4), Maturine (o.g.) Maylett (o.g.)
Attendance – 34