Graham McLachlan is savouring a seventh West Riding County Amateur League title triumph with Bay Athletic.
And the long-serving goalkeeper says it’s just as sweet as his first back in 2006.
Busy Bay pipped Huddersfield rivals Golcar United to the championship thanks to a stylish 7-1 home win over old foes Ovenden WR, the only other side to win the league over the last eight years.
Now they aim to cap another fine campaign by winning the Huddersfield FA Challenge Cup.
The Brackenhall-based side take on Shelley in the final replay at Storthes Hall Park on Saturday (7.00).
The big match, which follows a 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium last month, will mark the end of a hectic spell for Bay.
After winning 1-0 at Golcar on April 25, they had five league games remaining, and knew they had to win them all to take the title for the sixth time in eight seasons and seventh time in 10.
The first match after Golcar was the first final clash with Shelley, of the rival West Yorkshire League.
Liam Berry’s last-gasp leveller denied Bay the silverware, and McLachlan said: “We might have come close to winning, but we didn’t play well.
“To be fair, we were fortunate to draw, and I think it gave us a wake-up call regarding the league.
“It reinforced the fact that we had to be right on top of our game to get the five league wins we needed.
“We knew another performance like the one against Shelley would cost us the title.”
Lower Hopton, Steeton, Halifax Irish, Storthes Hall and Ovenden have been seen off in a two-week spell.
“I’m feeling the strain physically, and I play in goal, so think what the others are like,” quipped McLachlan.
“We’ve rotated the squad a little bit, but in the main it’s been the same lads who have played in each game.
“It’s testament to their fitness and desire, and that hunger – it’s something we’ve always had at this club.
“The side has evolved over the last decade, but the approach and will to win has always been the same.
“And believe me, this title feels just as good as any of the other six.”
Defending champions Ovenden, whose other recent championship came in 2012, formed a guard of honour for Bay at the end of Wednesday’s game.
“It was a nice touch by them, and it was appreciated, because they’ve been our big rivals in recent years,” added McLachlan.
Now the focus is on the replay against Shelley, who finished their league campaign with a 3-2 win over East End Park in Leeds on Wednesday.
Ash Berry’s side have home advantage against Bay, but that doesn’t bother McLachlan.
“If you can’t play at the stadium, Shelley’s ground is the next best venue in Huddersfield,” he said.
“They may have more supporters there, but’s it’s a great pitch, and that will suit us.
“What we know from the first match is that Shelley work exceptionally hard.
“We will need to raise ourselves one more time and match that if we are to have a chace of winning the cup.”