STEVE GRALEY is ready to take another step into the unknown after leading Huddersfield YMCA to promotion in their first season as West Riding County Amateur League members.
Elevation to Division II was earned by Saturday’s resounding 9-1 win over Wakefield City, which featured hat tricks by Adam Laverick and Allistair Cook.
Lee Hamilton, Richard Evans and Ryan Buckley were the other scorers for the Laund Hill side, who now have their sights on a double.
Six points clear of Ovenden WR Reserves at the top, they are eyeing both the Division III title and Cup, with their final clash with the second-placed side taking place at Ardsley Celtic on Friday, May 7.
“We’re really happy with the way things have gone,” said Graley, who has previously been at Bay Athletic, Liversedge and Mossley.
“Last season we had teams in the District League Third Division and Reserve Division IV, so the first team stepped up to the County Amateur League, and the reserves to District Division III.
“We’ve got the facilities up at Laund Hill, as well as a thriving junior section, and we wanted to provide an outlet at senior level for when the players move up.
“I’ve had experience of the County Amateur League in the past, but I really didn’t know what to expect this season.
“We recruited a few players last summer, but the bulk of the squad were already here, so the way they have performed has been pleasing.
“We’re through to the Division III Cup final, which is another boost for the lads, and after losing in the semi-finals of the District FA Challenge Cup to an excellent Newsome WMC side, it would be great to pick up a trophy.
“After that we’ll start looking to next season, and I have to admit, I’m not sure what awaits in terms of the standard of side we’ll face.
“But it’s a great challenge, both for the players and coaches, and our aim to is create some stability and continuity to ensure a strong long-term future.”
BAY Athletic Reserves are champions of the West Riding County Amateur League Second Division.
The team sealed their second successive title with a 4-2 home win over Steeton.
Courtney Allette chalked up a hat trick and Lincoln Adams got the other.
Bay will receive the trophy before Saturday’s clash with Storthes Hall at Syngenta.
The Hall’s second team were 2-0 home winners over Campion, Alistair Townley scoring twice.