THERE was an impressive turnout on a glorious Sunday at Salts Sports as 30 teams battled for glory at the West Riding Ability Counts League finals day.

The tournament, hosted by Salts Juniors, was split over several divisions, and all generally ran smoothly as the teams involved produced some excellent exhibitions of football.

However, there were problems in Division One, as only two of the four teams turned up, Danby Rovers and Pontefract Pirates.

This meant the two were scheduled to play each other in two 15-minute games, but half an hour of football did not feel adequate.

However, referee and Salts' senior first team manager Darren Bailey had a brainwave. One of the players from an absent team had turned up and was desperate to play.

Bailey spoke to Danby and Pontefract and it was agreed that he would try to raise an extra team. Having trawled around the site, he managed to find six willing volunteers. They kitted up and Salts All Stars were formed.

They played a 15-minute game against Rovers and Pirates, narrowly losing both, but this really was irrelevant.

Danby and Pontefract got a couple of extra games, the player that turned up got to play, and more importantly all involved just had a great time.

Danby were the eventual winners of the Division One trophy and there were successes in the lower divisions for the likes of Harrogate Railway and Bradford DFC.

Greetland Goldstars had a fine day, with the club expressing how much they had enjoyed the event over social media. They were desperately unlucky though, with their teams finishing runners-up in Leagues Two, Three and Four!

Salts Juniors had committee members, junior coaches, senior managers, junior players and club friends all involved in what was a wonderful advert for the beautiful game.