The Cobbydalers entertained Sunderland Ryhope Community Association FC in the first round proper on Halloween. Despite the home advantage, this was always going to be a tough tie for the Yorkshire lads, as Sunderland arrived on the back of an unbeaten run, stretching to twelve games, following a poor start to the season, in which they only secured two points in their opening five games. Only three teams in the top Division of the Northern League had scored more goals.
Silsden still had several players on the injury list and during the warm-up, skipper Joe Mitchell pulled up and was replaced by Talent Ndlovu. Ryan Haigh and his staff have built up a team which has looked more competitive in the last fortnight but other changes had to be made. Joe Taylor was unavailable in goal but fortunately Danny Thorpe had made a quicker recovery than expected following surgery to his leg.
The Cobbydalers were on the attack from the kick-off with Chris Wademan playing a one two down the left, before breaking to the edge of the penalty area. Jordan Harkness came off his line to smother Wademan’s low shot. That was a wake up call for the visitors. Andy Lee managed to stop a dangerous break from Michael Charlton at the expense of a corner and then Joe Melvin shot over after a run across the box.
Craig Nicholls put in a cross from the right, following a penetrating run, before Lee saw his effort tipped over the bar after good interplay down the left.

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Twice within the space of three minutes Joe Melvin cut into from the right but on both occasions he shot over the bar. At the other end Nicholls might have done better when released by Elliot Firth and Wademan saw another shot saved.
The game was swinging one way and then the other. Luke Proctor found himself in the clear when the visitors sprung the offside trap but Thorpe made an excellent save. He could do little with Proctor’s next effort except breathe sigh of relief when the ball curled outside the far post.

Wademan latched onto a through ball from Kevin Ryan but his effort was
blocked by a last ditch tackle by Wayne Buchanan. Silsden were pushed back for the final five minutes of the half but held on until the interval.
The second half started with Silsden putting several passes together, moving the ball from right to left, before Talent Ndlovu hit a shot which just cleared the far post. Nicholls broke down the right but lacked support then Charles Collinge shot weakly after a move which he had started. At the other end Kevin Gordon’s effort also lacked venom.

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Silsden took the lead on fifty-three minutes when WADEMAN exploited a lack of concentration in the Durham team’s defence. He shot wide of Harkness, who managed to take some of the pace off the ball, but the ball squirmed across the line despite the efforts of Adam Drysdale.
Fred Midgley, who had worked hard but found the physical presence of centre backs Adam Drysdale and Reece Noble a stumbling block, was replaced by Nicky McNally ten minutes into the half. McNally first effort was under-hit and the ball was driven forwards by Harkness up the right. A superb cross eluded all the Silsden defenders and PROCTOR squeezed in the equaliser at the far post. Sunderland raised their game and Thorpe did well to block Charlton’s close range effort. Nettleton and Firth made sure the follow-up was cleared.
After Melvin missed another chance he was replaced by Colin Larkin. It was a significant substitution. Larkin, the forwards’ coach, who had played in the Football League for Wolves, Chesterfield, Northampton and Hartlepool, began to dictate the play. Thorpe saved from Proctor then Stephen Callen’s effort cleared the bar. Lee deflected another effort for a corner but the Cobbydalers could do little about the third goal. Eight players were involved in the move which ended with PROCTOR netting his second.
Four minutes later LARKIN netted a third following a cross from the right. Mitchell had already replaced Nicholls. Silsden tried hard but they were fighting to stay in the game. NDLOVU hit a curling shot wide and the youngster gave Silsden hope with two minutes left on the clock when his powerful volley squirmed through Harness’ grasp.

Silsden threw everyone forwards for a stoppage-time corner but the ball was cleared and LARKIN had only to keep his composure to settle the issue, two minutes into overtime.
It had been a compelling cup-tie but the visitors just about deserved their victory. Silsden, despite feeling the pressure late on, never gave up and there is more resilience in the team than earlier in the season. The fans could be in for another treat on Tuesday night when Guiseley are the visitors for a West Riding County Cup game.

SILSDEN AFC Thorpe, Nettelton, Lee(Scott 84), Ndlovu, Firth, Ryan, Hunter, Collinge, Midgley(McNally 54), Wademan, Nicholls(Mitchell 66). Subs not used Garside, Brooks.
SUNDERLAND RCA FC. Harkness, Richardson, McNab, Buchanan, Drysedale, Noble, Gordon, Proctor, Melvin(Larkin 64), Callen, Charlton(Hope 75). Subs not used Armstron, Carr Brown.
Referee. Mr M. Ainsworth
Assistants. Mr S. Rudd and Mr. R.Spouse.

Report by Jim Rosser

Huddersfield YMCA Beat Steeton AFC

Steeton went down 5-0 to league leaders Huddersfield YMCA yesterday. Despite a stong first half performance we conceded a goal in the 44th minute and then again in the second minute of the second half. Three further goals put a slightly slanted reflection on the game.

The reserves went down 2-1 to Holmfirth, with Alistair Morgan getting Steeton’s consolation goal.


Lower Hopton 1 – 0 Steeton AFC


Steeton were left to rue a couple of missed chances in a tight but pulsating game at home to Lower Hopton. Again Steeton were forced into making changes with leading scorer Lee Reilly unavailable and Joe Park away Ryan Cox and Lee Thompson came back into the side with Tom Baker on the bench after joining the club this week from Thackley.

Both teams were cagey in the opening moments of the game with neither keeper really tested. Steeton were getting into their stride and Andy King was causing no amount of problems on the left hand side and that despite a couple of strong challenges that went un punished.

Stephen Pearson continued where he left off last week and dominated things aerially, winning everything that came his way, with Joe Meegan sweeping up well alongside him Hopton only really had one shot of note that Sam Moore did well to grab at the second attempt. King was first to strike with his free kick going over the bar and also a long range effort flew just wide, whilst Aaron Abass then forced the visiting keeper to get down sharply as he struck a shot from the inside of the box.

Pearson and Declan Consoli, filling in as an emergency left back then combined well to block an attempt by the visitors who looked to hit Steeton on the break. The home side almost opened the scoring on the half hour mark when Joe Mason fed Andy Holden and his deep cross was met by Lee Thompson, whose header was just the wrong side of the bar. Thompson’s strong running from midfield was a big feature of Steeton’s play and also the discipline showed by skipper Tim Hird allowed him to break forward at regular intervals. Hopton forced a couple of corners near the end of the first half but it was nothing that the young Steeton defence couldn’t handle.

The second half had barely got underway when Simeone Fletcher capitalised on a mistake and he burst forward from midfield and then drew Moore before slipping the ball calmly past him. This saw a bit of pressure from the visitors and Steeton were getting pushed further and further back as Hopton looked for a second goal. However it was Steeton who had the best chance of the half as Holden skipped past his man on the right hand side and he drilled the ball hard and low across the box and King just got underneath the ball and fired over when it looked in all intense and purposes as Steeton leveller. The vistors then clipped the top of the bar and Moore made a great save with his feet to deny Hopton doubling their lead. Ryan Cox was working hard up front for Steeton and he and Abass combined to see him fire wide from an acute angle.

Steeton made a double substitution with Jack Richmond and Jamie Longley both coming on in order to freshen things up. Longley was unlucky with an effort on the spin and Richmond fired wide from the edge of the area.

Tom Baker cam on for the last fifteen minutes and showed some nice touches as Steeton continued with their policy of blooding younger players.

Next week they face a trip to Kirkburton.


Steeton: Moore, J Mason, Consoli,, Meegan, Pearson, Hird (Richmond), Holden , Thompson, Cox (Baker), Abass (Longley), King. Sub not used Morgan

Report by Roy Mason

Substitutes Steal The Show For Broomhill

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A second half goal each by substitutes Joe Jalil and Michael Turner followed by a bullet header from Chris Holroyd sealed the victory for the Badgers against a young organised Crosshills side.

Broomhill started the stronger and played at a fast tempo from the start. It was apparent from the offset that the Crosshills team was set out to frustrate the Badgers and top scorer Andy Tanner was reduced to half chances.

Both teams were looking to play from the back and drive forward. While the Broomhill defence was keeping the composition chances to a minimum, the Crosshills defence was doing the exact same.

This stalemate continued until half time when manger Stewart Kinnear brought on debutants Jalil and Matthew Kershaw. The emphasis was placed on pressing the Reds defence and forcing errors to exploit.

Within 5 minutes of the restart, these orders were followed and resulted in the opening goal.

Tanner pressed the left back who sliced the ball out of play and Kershaw collected the ball instantly for a quick throw-in. Jalil made an undetected run from deep and the throw fell straight into his stride, leaving him with only the keeper to beat, which he did by hitting the ball on the half volley.

Broomhill now resumed their grip on the game with man of the match Mark Hardman and Jalil finding space in the middle of the park.

Sensing a further goal was imminent, Kinnear brought on his final substitute, Turner, to the right wing to add speed and composure and it was through Turner that the lead was doubled.

Jalil spread the ball out to Turner who controlled the ball instantly. He then beat two men to reach the byline and fire a drilled cross into the 6 yard box but the power that Turner put on the cross made the ball swerve and beat the keeper at his near post.

Broomhill were now in control and keeper Andrew Shutt was rarely troubled as the Badgers looked to earn their fifth clean sheet in eight games.

The final goal came from a Jamie Greenwood corner. Greenwood, replacing the absent Matthew Wilson on set piece duty, whipped a corner to the near post where centre back Chris Holroyd rose highest to nod into the far post to seal the victory.

This was, in parts, the best football the Badgers have played all season but a lot of credit goes to the hosts.  They were certainly the best team the Badgers have played all season – organised, fit and looking to play football at all opportunities

Report by Aaron Whitaker

Steeton Inflict More Pain On Hunsworth

Steeton continued their recent run of good form, with a convincing 4-1 win over basement side, Hunsworth.

With players missing again, Steeton were forced to shuffle the pack again and Stephen Pearson came into the side for his debut and Joe Mason slotted in at right back, with Aaron Abass handed a starting place. Manager, Roy Mason elected to play a 4-3-2-1 system with Reilly up front alone and Abass and Andy King playing slightly deeper and the full backs being given licence to push forward.

Steeton were on top from the start with Abbas being pushed in the back inside the box in the first five minutes, Steeton were awarded a penalty. Up stepped leading scorer Lee Reilly, but his kick was saved by the keeper and Steeton couldn’t follow up the rebound and from the resulting corner, Andy Holden fired over. Abass then broke the offside trap and the home keeper did well to smother at his feet.

Andy King was narrowly wide with a low shot, whilst at the other end Sam Moore did well to tip a shot over following a long range effort as Hunsworth, who were fielding three new signings looked a much improved outfit on the one that Steeton had faced two weeks ago in the league cup.

Steeton finally made the break through on the half hour mark. Holden’s corner was headed out to him and he whipped in the ball first time and Pearson rose highest and headed the ball firmly past the flat footed keeper. It was no more than Steeton deserved and the goal seemed to settle them down and allow them to get into their stride.

The second half saw Steeton revert to a more traditional formation of 4-4-2 and look to use the width well and this paid dividends almost immediately with Mason and Holden combining very well on the right hand side the laters cross found King at the back post and he flicked it on for Abass to head home from close range. Within a few minutes the lead was increased and it was skipper, Tim Hird who reacted quickest in the box to curl the ball past the keeper for Steeton’s third goal.

Steeton made a double change with Lee Thompson and Jack Richmond replacing Joe Park and Holden and the pair of them combined well for Steeton’s fourth goal. Richmond beat his man and whipped in a great cross that Thompson met and powered his header over the stranded keeper.

The visitors looked to increase their lead further and Declan Consoli did well down the left hand side before crossing for Reilly who saw his header superbly saved by the keeper. At the other end Joe Meegan did well to make a last ditch challenge as the home side looked for some consolation. That duly arrived in the last minute and a long ball over the top found Ash Thompson who did very well to fire over Moore from an acute angle.

It was another three points for Steeton who have moved upto sixth place in the table with games in hand on those teams above them.

Next week see’s them entertain Lower Hopton at Summerhill Lane in a game that kicks off at 2.30pm

Steeton: Moore, J Mason, Park (Thompson), Meegan, Pearson, Hird, Holden (Richmond), Consoli, Reilly, Abass, King. Subs not used Rooke, R Mason

Oxenhope Come Unstuck Against Beeston


Premier Division

Oxenhope   2   Beeston  4

A game of two halves saw Oxenhope’s five games unbeaten run come to an end as second placed Beeston took the points following a superb first half display saw them four nil up at the break. The away side started strongly and on ten minutes took the lead as their striker broke through the home defence and fired in from a tight angle. Minutes later they doubled their advantage as the Beeston front man took the ball past two defenders before placing the ball past keeper Sam Lee. On a rare venture into the Beeston half Sean Quinlan set up Scott Nelson but his stinging shot was saved by the keeper.  Beeston continued to dominate passing the ball effectively as the home side chased the game. On the half hour the pressure told once again when a free kick was not dealt with and punished. Oxenhope came more into the game, a Quinlan corner came out to Will Lee and his powerful strike from distance was saved low down at the far post. A corner soon after had the Beeston defence panicking as three shots on goal but none found the target. Just when it appeared Oxenhope were turning the tide Beeston broke away, Oxenhope keeper Lee parried the initial shot but had no chance with the follow up as the visitors made it four.

The home side came back to the field in a far more determined mood to try and save some pride. Within ten minutes of the re-start they pulled a goal back, a Chris Day strike was turned round the post and from the resulting corner, a melee in the Beeston box saw a defender put the ball past his own keeper. Oxenhope were now matching Beeston and when Ollie Metcalfe played the ball wide to Tom Marshall he cut inside and slotted in from the edge of the box for the second. Now it was Oxenhope applying the pressure as the home side threw players forwards. Leon Smith had a header tipped over, man of the match Will Lee twice fired close and the marauding Liam McNicol saw a powerful strike saved. But for all of Oxenhope’s pressure they could not find a way through a strong and well organised Beeston rear guard as they held on to the final whistle. On Saturday Oxenhope entertain Knaresborough Town to the Recreation Ground (2.30pm).

Team: Lee S, Nelson, McNicol, Lee W (Wells), Metcalfe, Kaine, Smith, Hopkinson (Blacka), Day, Quinlan (Driver), Marshall.


Alliance Division One

Otley Town Reserves  0   Oxenhope Reserves  5

Oxenhope’s second string continued their  excellent start to the season with a ninth straight win to remain joint top with Beeston Reserves. Oxenhope travelled to Otley and were soon on the front foot with Craig Morris hitting the opener. Sam Murphy then hit two goals in the final ten minutes of the first half. The youngster first broke down the left, cut inside, weaved his way across the box going past four defenders to smash the ball into the net. His second again attacking the home defence on this occasion he chose to strike the ball early, beating the keeper and defender at the near post.

In the second half the visitors continued to dominate with sub Gaz Ritson scoring a brace.  First squeezing the ball into the bottom right and then latching onto a through ball and placing his shot into the bottom left. This Saturday the reserves travel to Wyke where they will hope to take their winning tally into double figures (2.30pm).



Division Two

Oxenhope Thirds  2   Skipton Town  2

In a hard fought game Oxenhope had to come twice from behind to take a deserved share of the points. The visitors scored midway through the half and Oxenhope equalised from the penalty spot when Tom Thompson was upended, Under 18’s player Callum Holmes confidently slotted in the resulting penalty. Only for the visitors soon after to go straight up the pitch and re-store their advantage. The second half swung from end to end but man of the match Thompson scored the equaliser with a fine individual effort and the home side nearly collected all three points as several chances came their way in the final quarter.



Oxenhope Under 18’s   8    Embsay Under 18’s  0

For a second week running Oxenhope Under 18’s scored a hat full of goals without reply. Owen Williamson scored the opener with a good solo effort before adding his second in a goal mouth scramble. Sam Murphy added a third when he ran onto a diagonal cross and finished powerfully. Matty Klava then set up Murphy for his second with defender Dan Scott scoring the fifth just before the break, heading in a corner at the far post. Embsay rallied in the second half before Williamson powered in his third from an angle, Murphy latched onto another Klava through ball to bag his hat-trick before Williamson scored his fourth with another individual effort.


Oxenhope Under 15’s  17   Eccleshill Under 15’s  0

In a one sided game Oxenhope’s newly formed Under 15’s team ran riot rattling in seventeen goals !!

Josh Rule hitting five, Danny Smith four, Sam Finnigan three plus strikes from Jake Dowden, Sam Nicholson, Harry Swain, Kian Saunders and Alfie Darke.

Broomhill 4 – 0 Trawden Celtic Res

Baker Puts Icing On The Cake For Broomhill

Broomhill kept their fourth clean sheet in seven league games to maintain their pressure on the two leading teams in Division Two. A brace from man of the match Andy Tanner and goals from wingers Jamie Greenwood and Liam Baker sealed the 4-0 victory for the Badgers.

Coming into the game, Broomhill manager Stewart Kinnear and his assistant Ghufran Bashir were forced to make changes to the starting line up due to injuries and absentees. The impressive victory last week was referenced and used as a template for the performance this week – ensuring a fast start and constant pressure was the game plan from the start.

However, it was Trawden who started the strongest and were playing all the football. The Badgers weren’t keeping possession and weren’t composed enough to retain the ball in key areas. For the first twenty minutes, the game was shaping up to be a close affair with Trawden the better side but not creating any chances to trouble keeper Andrew Shutt.

On the back of last weeks three set piece assists, Matthew Wilson was again given this role and it was through him that, on the half hour mark, the Badgers opened the scoring and eased the tension. A deep inswinging free kick from the right hand side was misjudged by all the visitor defenders and the onrushing Tanner connected with a free header to lob the keeper.

From this moment, the home side pushed for an immediate second. Midfielder Patrick King was playing further forward – supporting the attacking two of Tanner and Jake Ward – while wingers Greenwood and Luke Thornton were working tirelessly to provide the width required.

Five minutes before half time, a ball over the top of the Trawden defence from Greenwood was collected by Tanner who ran through, beating two trailing defenders for pace and smashed the ball under the keeper to double the lead.

Substitute Liam Baker was brought on at half time at left wing to even the balance as a left footed player while returning centre back Chris Holroyd was brought on for the impressive Ricky Smith on the hour mark.

These changes were key to Broomhill finally playing to their abilities for the last half hour.

With twenty minutes to go, a pass from Mark Hardman was again collected by Tanner on the edge of the Trawden box. Tanner squared to Greenwood who turned and fired a shot into the bottom corner to essentially secure the victory against an impressive, resilient away side.

Broomhill pushed on for a fourth and had numerous chances to do so. Full back Aaron Whitaker beat two men to make his way into the box but his squared pass was too hard for Tanner to connect cleanly with while Holroyd had a rocket  from 35 yards smartly saved by the keeper in his top corner.

However, with one further change to make, reserve team captain Cameron Galindo replaced Ward with fifteen minutes left and it was through Galindo’s brilliant tackle that the Badgers scored their fourth.

Following Galindo’s tackle on the half way line, the ball was played to Baker on the left wing. Taking one touch on his favoured left foot to bring the ball inside and beat his man, he let loose with a first time right footed shot which went straight into the top corner, hitting the bracket.

While this wasn’t the best performance of the season, the Badgers ground out a victory against tough opposition and came away with the vital three points, all while keeping the clean sheet. With two high profile new signings made today, the depth of the squad is looking promising to maintain the promotion charge in the coming months.

Report by Aaron Whitaker

Bantams Favourite Ian Ormandroyd On This Weeks Keighley Kicks Football Show

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Former Bantams favourite, Ian Ormandroyd is the special guest on tonight’s Keighley Kicks Football Show on Drystone Radio. The lads will be asking Ian about his career both as a footballer. And now as Bradford City’s Football in the community officer.

Also on the show this evening is former Silsden AFC manager, Danny Bolton. And they’ll be getting Danny’s thoughts on his recent decision to part company with the Cobbydalers.

As well as that. They’ll be covering all the local grassroots football news from last weekend and the coming weekend in the Craven and West Riding Leagues. And giving you the chance to get your hands on tickets for this years Wharfedale beer festival to be held on 6th-7th November.

TUNE IN! Wednesday 7 – 9PM live and exclusive on Drystone Radio 103.FM through South Craven. And also online

Ryburn 2 – 5 Oxenhope FC

County Cup holders Oxenhope commenced their quest of retaining the trophy by defeating Ryburn United, of the Halifax League Premier Division, 5-2 in the first round of this season’s competition. The five goals were a bonus as the visitors started the tie with their two main strikers missing from their line up due to injury and suspension. Ryburn League Champions two seasons ago and only missing out on a second consecutive title last season due to goal difference started confidently. Ten minutes in they found themselves a goal down when a long ball out of defence was run onto by Oxenhope’s Leon Smith, his pace took him round the keeper and he finished with a simple tap in. Soon after the visitors doubled their advantage, Chris Day put the Ryburn central defender under pressure, his hasty pass back wrong footed the keeper and the ball rolled over the line. The cup holders now took total and started to stroke the ball around as they camped in the opposition’s half with the home side resorting to some strong and physical challenges. Five minutes before the break though Ryburn gave themselves hope when they hit Oxenhope on the counter attack, with a long ball and some sloppy defending they reduced the arrears.

In the second half Oxenhope got back on top with their central midfield trio of Sean Quinlan, Will Lee and young Lewis Hopkinson dominating play. On the hour a Quinlan free kick was played back to Ollie Metcalfe, he threaded the ball through a packed area to Tom Marshall, who stroked the ball across goal for Liam McNicol to force home. Minutes later a Smith cross to the far post was headed in by man of the match Hopkinson. Soon after Ryburn were reduced to ten men when they had a player sent off for a second bookable offence only then for Oxenhope to be also reduced to ten men when central defender Josh Kaine had to leave the field with a back injury following a collision with his own keeper Sam Lee and all three substitutes had been used. Ryburn scored a freak second goal when a long ball from out wide looped into the net at the far post. Marshall had a great opportunity to restore the three goal cushion but fired wide with an open target at his mercy but minutes later he redeemed himself when Quinlan threaded the ball through to him, he took the ball on before smashing the ball past the keeper from the edge of the box.

In the next round the holders will travel to Warley Town, another Halifax League Premier Division side. This Saturday Oxenhope return to West Yorkshire League fixtures when they face a stern test as they entertain Beeston who are third in the Premier Division (2.30pm) while the reserves travel to Otley Town (2.30pm).

Team: Lee S, Nelson (Wells), McNicol (Cox), Lee W, Metcalfe, Kaine, Smith, Quinlan, Day (Fox), Hopkinson, Marshall.

Junior Football

Craven, Aire & Wharfe Junior League

Bingley Town Under 18’s  0   Oxenhope Under 18’s  7

Oxenhope Under 18’s comfortably secured their first win of the season with an 8-0 rout away at Bingley Town. Sam Murphy opened the scoring with a well taken goal. Lewis Hopkinson then capitalised on a Bingley defensive error for Oxenhope’s second. Own Williamson then played in Callum Holmes who controlled the ball before firing home. Hopkinson then added number four from the penalty spot. Bingley rallied early in the second half before Kieran Henry used his pace to run onto a through ball and finish. Sam Murphy then inked up with Williamson for the latter to score the sixth. Finally Hopkinson cut the ball back for Callum Franklin to finish.

Oakworth Under 15’s  0  Oxenhope Under 15’s  2

Oxenhope’s newly formed Under 15’s claimed their third straight win of the season with a 2-0 victory in their local derby with Oakworth, Keenan Potts with a penalty and Josh Rule finding the target.

Report by Ray Broadbent

Broomhill 5 – 1 Grassington Res

Broomhill eased into the next round of the league cup with an emphatic win over bottom of the table Grassington Reserves.

Following last weeks narrow 2-1 defeat in the Northern Plant Hire against Carleton, the Badgers were again without a number of players – notably injured keeper Jake Yaxley who was replaced by the returning Andrew Shutt.

Broomhill made a quick start and were awarded a penalty in the first minute of the game when man of the match Patrick King was felled in the box after playing a squared ball. Striker Andy Tanner stepped up but the penalty was excellently saved in the bottom corner by the Grassington keeper.

Tanner made amends for this miss minutes later when a rebounded loose ball was driven, side footed into the bottom corner from a tight angle 12 yards out to open the scoring.

Full back Jon Smith, only just returning from injury to replace the injured Chris Reynolds, suffered a recurrence of his injury and was forced off after fifteen minutes to be replaced by Ricky Smith.

Shortly after, the Badgers were 2-0 up. A long pass up to Tanner by Matthew Wilson was misjudged by the Grassington defence. Tanner closed in on the keeper who once again made an outstanding save but parried the ball straight into Luke Thornton’s path to tap into an open net.

Grassington rarely made it into the Broomhill half but Shutt did have to be alert and sweep up a few half chances.

The visitors were starting to get a foothold in the game and managed to half the deficit. A corner was swung in and Smith, who was running towards his own goal marking his man, somehow shouldered the ball past Shutt a minute before half time.

The half time talk from manager Stewart Kinnear and assistant Ghufran Bashir called for more composure in front of goal in order to kill the game off early.

The second half started relatively quiet but Broomhill were constantly looking to play football from the back with David Rhodes dropping short to collect on many occasions.

Two such occasions saw Rhodes pass the ball to full back Aaron Whitaker and, having brought the ball into the Grassington half unchallenged, played two identical cross field passes within a matter of minutes to Jamie Greenwood who, had his first touch been better, would have been one on one with the keeper.

However, the away keeper fully deserved his man of the match accolade after subsequently saving two one on ones – first from Tanner and the second from Thornton.

The Badgers upped the pressure and finally increased their lead on the hour mark. Wilson had been on set piece duties all game and it was through his superb corner that Smith headed the ball against the keeper from 8 yards and then pounced on the loose ball to poke the ball into the roof of the net – a fully deserved goal from the centre back who had been dominant in the air all game.

The injured Jake Ward was then substituted for young striker Michael Turner, promoted from the reserves after a few excellent goal scoring performances. Within a matter of seconds, Turner had opened his account for the firsts. Yet another set piece from Wilson caused confusion in the box and Turner was on hand to head home and effectively seal the win for the whites.

The midfield duo of King and Tom Hill, in for absent captain Mark Hardman, were excellent throughout and were the main reason that the Broomhill defence were so rarely troubled due to their work rate and ability to stop Grassington progressing into the home teams half.

The fifth goal was again created and finished by full back Wilson. An in swinging corner was clearly handled by the defender and the Badgers were awarded their second penalty of the day. Tanner unselfishly allowed Wilson to take it and he smashed the ball home into the bottom corner.

Broomhill return to league action next week, looking to close the gap on Manningham and Carleton at the top of the table following two weeks of cup action which saw the Badgers slip into third place.

Report by Aaron Whitaker

Goole 3 – 4 Steeton AFC

Steeton progressed into the second round of the County Challenge Cup following an exciting 4-3 win over Goole United. In a repeat of the 2013/14 season semi-final, it was probably a tie that both sides had hoped to avoid at this stage of the competition.

With Steeton having to re shuffle things following Nicky McNally’s move back to Silsden on Friday, manager Roy Mason elected to bring in Declan Consoli to the midfield and push Andy King further forward to support Lee Reilly. Joe Meegan returned to the side as well following his absence over the past two weeks.

The opening stages were a bit scrappy with the home side enjoying the lion’s share of possession. Steeton keeper Sam Moore had to be alert to tip a long range shot over the bar and both Sam Rooke and Meegan were called into action as the home side looked to get the ball into the box at every opportunity and use their height advantage.

It was the visitors that struck the first blow after twenty minutes as from their first attack they forced a corner. Andy Holden whipped in a great ball and Sam Rooke rose at the far post to head home to give Steeton the ideal start. The goal seemed to change the course of the game and it was Steeton now who looked the more likely to get on the scoresheet again and that was soon the case after a great passing interchange saw Joe Park and Tim Hird combine to feed Andy King. King moved the ball from his left foot to his right before cooly stroking home the ball from just inside the box. Steeton were really in charge now and Reilly failed to get onto Sam Moore’s long kick as the high ball eluded the whole of the home defence. At the other end Consoli made a great tackle on the edge of the box as the home side looked to get back into the game before half time.

The second half started in the same vein as Steeton took the game to their hosts and they were the ones again to strike first. Reilly picked the ball up on the touchline and his deft ball over the top picked out Tim Hird breaking through from midfield. Hirdy exquisitely lobbed the advancing keeper to put Steeton three goals to the good and really knock the stuffing out of Goole who by now seemed to be dead on their feet. Reilly was then felled in the box and dusted himself down to confidently despatch the resulting penalty kick to put Steeton four goals to  the good and there was still over half an hour left to play. With Reilly complaining of a slight strain, Steeton took no chances with their leading scorer and replaced him with Aaron Abass.

With Goole now looking out of it, they knew that they needed to get an early goal back in order to give themselves a fighting chance of getting back into the game. They got the lifeline that they needed when Thomas Bryan headed home at the near post from a corner. As goals often do the game then started to change and Steeton now looked a bit nervous and started to defend a bit deeper. Skipper Michael Rhodes did well to make a last ditch tackle as the home side sensed a way back into the game, that five minutes previously was beyond them. Hird was then penalised for a challenge of the edge of the box and Rob Constable curled home a free kick to really put the home side back in with a shout. Joe Park then made a block inside his own area that looked all the way a goal for the home side and Ryan Cox did the same a minute later.

Steeton then thought they had increased their lead but frustratingly Holden’s free kick hit the side netting with the keeper looking well beaten.

With people tiring, Consoli made way for Andy Briggs to make his first team debut and King was pulled back into a more defensive role. With eight minutes remaining Constable was allowed space in the box and he volleyed home a third and really set up a grand finale. The home side threw everything at Steeton and even clipped the top of the bar as they looked to take the game to penalties. Steeton held on though and after a turbulent week off the field for the club it was a great performance to see them through to face West Yorkshire league side Horbury Town at Summerhill Lane in November.

Steeton: Moore, Rhodes, Park, Meegan, Rooke, Hird, Holden, Cox, Reilly (Abass), Consoli (Briggs), King. Sub not used R Mason

Report by Roy Mason

Steeton Reserves 2 – 3 Ventus Yeadon

The reserves went down by the odd goal in five in a very entertaining game against a Ventus Yeadon side who missed out on promotion last season due to a technicality. The game was played at a lively pace and the hosts had to be thankful to some sterling defensive headers (two of them diving!) by both Kyle Fox and Alistair Morgan and two very good saves by keeper Harry Jarman to keep the visitors at bay in the early stages. Both sides worked hard but without success with Steeton’s debutant striker Andy Howland going closest after good work by Jamie Longley but his curling shot went narrowly wide of the mark. The deadlock was finally broken after 23 minutes with a very good goal. When a slide-rule pass along the eighteen yard line found visiting winger Danny Backhouse at the corner of the box he hit a first-time shot which found the net giving Jarman no chance. The lead lasted barely two minutes, however, as the hosts were awarded a corner and after a great deal of confusion in the penalty area the ball fell to Longley who curled a neat shot into the corner of the net. Thanks to good defending by both sides no further action of any significance took place in the first half until the last minute when a mix up in the Steeton defence led to a corner kick which almost crept in at the near post but was somehow kept out before being hacked away by Chris Mawson.

The second half started brightly and an early cross from Ben Sutcliffe, who made many a penetrating run down the left wing, almost brought success, but Howland was just unable to reach the ball. Howland was again unlucky in the 53rd minute when an acrobatic bicycle kick saw the goalkeeper grab the ball at the second attempt after it hit him in the face. On the hour mark and the visitors took the lead when a corner kick was directed home by a thumping header from their number 12 who rose unchallenged in the middle of the penalty area. Shortly after this Sutcliffe was forced to leave the field after suffering a leg injury and was replaced by Sam Fox. Within a minute of Fox’s appearance an equaliser was scored when the substitute put a defender under pressure and his loose clearance was snapped upon by Longley whose rasping shot from the edge of the box was deflected at the last second by Howland. The deflection was enough to deceive the goalkeeper and the ball squirmed into the net. Unfortunately, from the Steeton point of view, the level score lasted only a few minutes as after a long punt downfield the ball was hoisted extremely high into the Steeton penalty area and Jarman was unable to deal with it comfortably as it fell rapidly. After a short scramble the ball fell at the feet of the visiting centre forward who slotted the ball into the empty net to make the score 2-3. The hosts went all out for an equaliser and Howland was extremely unlucky to see his blasted left foot shot from inside the six yard area superbly blocked by a goalkeeper who was injured in the process. With time running out Andy Foster replaced Ross Chapman, who had had a very good game. Within two minutes of coming onto the field Foster found himself yellow carded after tangling with the visitors number 6. Just before the referee blew the final whistle Harry McGowan and Joe Mason combined well down the right and the latter put over a cross which ran parallel to the goal line and only inches in front of it: defenders and goalkeeper managed to avoid touching the ball and none of Mason’s teammates could apply the necessary deflection which would have brought about a last ditch equaliser.

Again, as last week, the reserves put up a robust performance against first team opposition. Despite this defeat two particular positives – both partnerships – arose: Andy Howland and Jamie Longley worked well together up front and there is a growing understanding between defenders Alistair Morgan and Kyle Fox.

Team: Jarman, Mason, Morgan, Mawson, Fox, Whiteoak, McGowan, Chapman (Foster), Howland, Longley, Sutcliffe (Fox).

Report by Roy Mason

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Hunsworth 0 – 4 Steeton AFC

Steeton progressed to the second round of the league cup with a win over bottom placed Hunsworth that was much more comfortable than the 4-0 scoreline suggests. With Wayne Mahomet away on holiday, Sam Moore came in for his debut in goal and Ryan Cox replaced Lee Barker at the heart of The Chevrons defence, with skipper Michael Rhodes returning to marshall the back three.

Steeton got off to a bright start with Lee Reilly going close and Nicky McNally firing over before Steeton made the breakthrough after fifteen minutes. Andy King picked out Reilly who darted past his man and whilst ready to shoot his legs were pulled from him and Steeton were awarded a penalty. Reilly confidently despatched the kick as Hunsworth were also reduced to ten men as Jonathan Carr was shown a straight red for the incident.

Steeton were soon two up as a McNally corner was met by Sam Rooke and his header was turned in on the line by Joe Park. Tim Hird then tested the home keeper and Rooke headed narrowly wide from another McNally corner. Andy Holden was the next to test the home keep with a long range effort and Lee Thompson was stopped in his tracks as
Steeton looked to gain a three goal advantage before the break. The Hunsworth keeper then stopped Reilly at point blank range before the referee ended first half proceedings.

The second half saw more of the same with Steeton pressing and taking the game to Hunsworth. Holden again went close after great link up play with King and McNally fired wide before bring replaced by Aaron Abass. With Steeton in full control it was only a matter of time before the third came and it did when Reilly pounced on a loose ball in the box to stab home. Dec Consoli replaced Hird in the midfield of the park and he was unlucky with a shot that cannoned of a home defender. Steeton made sure of the game when Holden fed Abass and he calmly finished to finally get off the mark with his first goal for Steeton.

The Chevrons are in County Cup action this Saturday when they face a long trip to Goole Utd, who that beat in the semi final two years ago.

Steeton: Moore, Rhodes, Park, Cox, Rooke, Hird (Consoli), Holden, Thompson (R Mason), Reilly, McNally (Abass), King

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Steeton Reserves 1 – 3 Overthorpe

Steeton Reserves went down to Overthorpe Sports Club for the second week running. This week’s game was a league fixture whereas that on 19th September was a League Cup match. For the third consecutive match the Reserves found themselves being refereed by Chris Rhodes.

On an immaculate surface the hosts thought they had taken the lead after ten minutes when Joe Mason and Harry McGowan combined well on the right before the latter crossed for Andrew Briggs to nod home. Unfortunately Mr Rhodes judged that the ball had crossed the goal line just before McGowan centred. Two minutes later the visitors had a superb opportunity to take the lead but their number 6 put the ball over the bar from very close range. The same player then brought out the best in Steeton’s goalkeeper Harry Jarman with a snapshot which saw the keeper twist in mid-air to block a shot for which he was initially going the wrong way. The visiting number 10 showed great dribbling skills down the right wing but was kept in check by Chris Mawson with the help of the covering, back-tracking Ben Sutcliffe. Overthorpe then seemed to adopt a “shoot on sight” policy with many long-distance efforts raining in on the home goal but only one of these caused any real consternation when it struck the crossbar. However, the deadlock was broken on the half-hour mark when after a scramble in the goalmouth in which Jarman was injured, the ball was stabbed home. Further efforts from the visitors were thwarted by good defensive headers by Kyle Fox and centre-back partner skipper Alistair Morgan as well as some well-positioned keeping from Jarman but the lead was doubled in the thirty-eighth minute when a neat interchange of passes led to a firm cross being smartly headed home. In the remaining minutes of the half a glancing header from Ross Chapman after fine work from (restored to midfield) Jamie Longley, a superb 25-yard effort which went inches wide from Damian Whiteoak and a shot from Briggs which brought a smart save from the goalkeeper almost secured the goal the hosts so desperately needed to stay in touch.

After only three minutes of the second half some very good wing play by the visiting number 8 led to an accurate pass to the number 10 who lashed the ball home leaving Jarman with no chance. Strange as it may seem Steeton’s game seemed to pick up from this point and after 55 minutes Whiteoak’s curling left-foot drive from the edge of the box brought the goal of the game. In a total transformation the Overthorpe goalkeeper became the busier of the two as the hosts pushed forward but they were unable to break down the visiting back line though it was not for want of trying. Of course this left Steeton vulnerable to a quick counter attack and twice they had to be grateful to Jarman who was smartly off his line, once to collect at the very edge of the penalty area and once to divert a chip around the post as an Overthorpe forward burst through unchallenged in the dying minutes. The game did not peter out as both sides created a number of chances in the minutes leading up to the final whistle.

This was a hugely entertaining game and although Steeton will be disappointed with the result no one should feel the same way about the effort put in by a youngish side (especially in the second half) which was playing against a first team which has made a good start to the season.

Team: Jarman, Mason, Mawson, Fox, Morgan, Whiteoak, Chapman, McGowan, Briggs, Longley, Sutcliffe. Subs Fox & Hudson.

Report compiled by Norman Rhodes & Joe Markham