West Riding County Amateur League
Bradford Olympic 5 Toller 1 (att 45)
Last night I watched a game in the West Yorkshire League, and as that league has got stronger in recent years its near neighbour, the West Riding County Amateur League, has gone into decline.
It's still clinging on to its step seven status from the FA, putting it on a par with the West Yorkshire League's top flight. But this season it's down to a single division, and with clubs of varying standards some mismatches are inevitable.
This fixture didn't fall into that category, even though visitors Toller were well beaten. They actually took the lead after two minutes, but that was as good at the evening got for them. Bradford Olympic were soon level, and ran away it in the second half scoring four times.
Olympic played last season as Bradford FC, but with a change of name has come a change of home. They've moved into the Eccleshill Sports and Social Club ground which is an impressive, if untidy, venue.
Apparently it was once a cricket ground, before being converted into a home for s short-lived rugby league side. The pitch is floodlit, although the lights weren't used for this game, and the playing area is fully railed off. There's dugouts, the remains of some terracing and a good elevated view from the entrance near the car park.