Otley Town 1 Whitkirk Wanderers 0
A solitary goal from Scott Cater was enough to take Otley Town to the top of the Premier Division.
His goal after 27 minutes settled an encounter against a robust Whitkirk side.
Now delighted Town will be hoping for more joy this Saturday when they entertain Baildon Trinity Athletic in the semi-final of the Wharfedale & District FA Challenge Cup (1.30pm).
The pitch at the Old Showfield was in immaculate condition thanks to fine work by groundsman Peter Cater.
Town were keen to show their footballing skills to a good size crowd and they made all the early running.
After ten minutes the lively Ben Greenhow had an effort pushed round the post by Whitkirk’s keeper. That set the tone for the rest of the match.
The visitors were not thinking of keeping prisoners and several tackles made the spectators wince.
Town didn’t get flustered ,and continued to play with purpose.
The only goal came when a cross from Ben Dexter was headed down by Greenhow and Scott Cater was on hand to fire home from close range.
Town continued to dominate territorially but were unable to add to their lead.
In the second half Otley were in control and every time they attacked they looked like scoring.
Cater hit a post, Simon Armstrong went close, Paul Harrison had a good effort go just wide.
As the game ended Town were well on top and their dominance was not reflected by the score. The match point went to the impressive Greenhow.