THERE’S a good feeling about Golcar United these days – and not just because of their resounding 8-0 win over Halifax Irish.
The Colne Valley club are riding high in the West Riding County Amateur League, and planning to progress even further.
Plans are afoot to create a ‘super amateur’ league which will feed into the Northern Counties East, and according to secretary Peter Gledhill, Longfield Avenue-based Golcar are keen to be involved.
“We’ve built a good side under Craig Waterworth, and we’re hopeful of doing well this season, but we’re also working hard on improving our facilities,” he explained.
“While the new league will be non-floodlit and non-enclosed in terms of grounds, there will still be criteria to be met.
“We’re in negotiations with Kirklees Council, with whom we have an excellent partnership, over a 25-year lease on the ground.
“That would give us solid foundations on which to build for the future. We’re already a charter standard club, and our aim is to provide the amenities for our players to perform at the highest level possible.
“We have to be realistic, and there are no plans to go semi-professional or anything like that, but we believe we can compete in the kind of league which is being talked about.”
Golcar do include players from outside the immediate area, but there remains a strong village feel to the club.
“It’s important to have that identity, and we are well supported by local businesses and local people, some of whom put in substantial donations,” explained Gledhill.
“But there are several clubs operating at a similar level in Huddersfield, so there is competition in terms of recruiting locally-based players.
“We’re fortunate in that Craig, who is one of four coaches at the club, works in Halifax, and therefore has contacts in that area as well as Huddersfield.”
Waterworth will certainly have some bragging rights over in Calderdale this week after his side’s success over Halifax Irish.
Carl Sykes, Kieran Ryan and Wayne Nicholls all notched doubles, while Matt Devlin and Tom McCreadie got the other goals for third-placed Golcar.
League champions back in 2005 and fourth last season, Golcar are now two points behind Huddersfield rivals Bay Athletic and Marsden with a game in hand on both.
Leaders Bay suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Ovenden WR while Marsden moved level with them on 23 points after a 1-1 draw with Campion at Fall Lane in which Aaron Kirk scored.
Meltham drew 0-0 at Tyersal while Storthes Hall were denied a first win of the season by Damian Melvin’s late leveller for Wibsey, the 1-1 stalemate leaving the Huddersfield side bottom.
Jamie Miller and Matt Tattersley both came close before Wibsey defender Kyle Mulley could only head Michael Tunnacliffe’s inswinging corner into his own net in the 55th minute.
Dion Smith and Scott Fulton both came close to adding a second before Wibsey scored.