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Signings from Silsden boost Steeton's bid for West Riding County Amateur League glory
The West Riding County Amateur League, who start their 2013-14 season with one Division Two match tomorrow night, begins in earnest on Wednesday with games in all three divisions.
Steeton, who finished second in the Premier Division last season, five points adrift of Bay Athletic, have recruited Danny McNulty and Martin Bland from North West Counties League Premier Division outfit Silsden to help them try and go one better and take the Premiership title for the first time.
Steeton kick-off their season with a home game against Salts (6.15), who, after gaining promotion back into the top flight at the end of the 2011-12 season, surprised many of their opponents by being among the leading sides for over half the season before slipping to mid-table.
Salts have lost Pat Brosnan, who has moved to the United States, but have recruited teenager Andrew Boote, who was released from Bradford City’s youth team at the end of last season.
With Campion’s Delroy Dacres stepping down from the manager’s job after 25 years, his replacement is James Bicknall, who has been the manager of Bradford Sunday Alliance League side Buttershaw White Star since their inception in 1999.
Bicknall, whose only previous involvement in Saturday football was a season as manager of Eccleshill United’s reserve side, has been involved at Campion for over four years and will give youth a chance as they bid to rekindle the glory days.
Campion start their season with a visit from local rivals Tyersal, who finished fourth last season.
Tyersal have added former players Curtis McMahon and Graeme Sides to their squad but have seen Northern Counties East Premier side Thackley sign their regular goalkeeper Ivan Willis.
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