RIGHT up until the 60th minute Steeton were in this game as Otley, dominant in possession, were finding it difficult to build on their single goal first half lead.

It was at this point that Mark McGee quietly entered the fray for the first time this season and fifteen minutes later the striker was celebrating a hat trick and walking away with the match ball.

Otley started the game well dominating possession and creating a number of chances. Jack Richmond was prominent and soon laid on a great chance for Harry Hawkins who’s shot went inches wide.

Callan Wells was next to try his luck with a strong shot from the edge of the box which stung the home keepers hands and it would be Wells who would set up the opener for Town with quality approach work down the right and a pinpoint cutback gifting the fleet footed Bobby Neesam a tap-in.

Otley continued to dominate but were being thwarted by a determined young Steeton goalkeeper most impressive with a series of saves.

With Otley still in command in second half but still not making the second goal breakthrough manager Suddes decided to use the strong bench at his disposal, bringing on McGee and Pete Long to add some energy and guile. McGee, a natural number 9 was soon into his stride with clever hold up play and high energy in chasing down defenders.

He got his reward very quickly when he was first to react to a Richmond’s header which came back off the crossbar. Similarly when Wells’ long throw caused consternation in the Steeton defence McGee was the first to react to force home from close range.

His hat trick goal was that of a predator and very much borne of the quick silver feet of winger Neesam who’s raid down the left and shot on the run forced a fumble by the home keeper. As the ball rolled goal wards - there was McGee to make sure and when asked if it had already crossed the line - he assured all and sundry it had not!

Greig Hudson finished the scoring for Town with a penalty and this was fitting as the central defender had been immaculate all game.

Next week Town host table-toppers Silsden, Thirds host Barlick Wanderers and Fourths make a short trip to Weston Lane.