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Beeston step into Oxenhope breach

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec will not be home alone tomorrow after a successful appeal on Keighley Kicks.
The club’s second and third teams were due to play Silsden White Star on the Slope tomorrow but the visitors pulled out.
But it is still match on, after Beeston St Anthony’s III stepped in at short notice for the pre-season friendly, 2pm.
See the updated list of pre-season fixtures for all local teams, here.
To add your team’s fixtures or results to the list, email editorial@keighleykicks.co.uk or send a message via the Keighley Kicks Facebook or Twitter pages.

Three out, two in for Silsden u19s

SilsdenThe divisional make-up for the Northern u19 Alliance League has been announced.
Silsden remain in the West Division and will face fresh opponents in the shape of new team Huddersfield YMCA and the returning Liversedge.
Eccleshill United have been transferred to the North Division, while Yorkshire Amateur and Thackley have dropped out.
It leaves a seven-team division, which also includes AFC Emley, Field, Ossett Albion and Ossett Town.

Gr-eight night for Oxenhope

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Broomhill 1

A strong Oxenhope side proved too tough for their Craven League opponents.
Dale Hawker grabbed a hat-trick with two goals for Craig Morris and one each for Andy Fox and Liam Walsh with Liam Blacka netting a penalty for the West Yorkshire League side.
Andy Tanner hit the consolation for Broomhill.

Silsden show Star talent

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Silsden White Star 7

A mixture of both first team and reserves on both sides fought out an enjoyable friendly on a nice surface at Crosshills this evening.
Sam Stanfield and Dom Creed grabbed a brace apiece for the visitors with Ben McClennon, Ben Ramsden and Andy Kay also on target, although ‘Hill old boy Gavin Shearer failed to hit the mark.

Can you play Oxenhope on Saturday?

Oxenhope Rec logoThe team is ready, pitch is looking good and referee arranged.
Unfortunately for Oxenhope Rec’s mixed Reserve/Third team, they no longer have any opponents.
Silsden White Star have pulled out of Saturday’s friendly at the Recreation Ground so Oxenhope are looking for a team to step in at short notice.
If you can fill the gap, contact Lee Collins, 0795 8800657.

Ossett double for new Silsden team

Lancashire LeagueAugust’s fixtures for the Lancashire League season have been released and the new Silsden Development team will start at home to Ossett Town in the East Division on August 9.
The rest of the month sees a swift return against Ossett with a trip to their Ingfield ground on August 28, sandwiching matches at Eccleshill (15) and against AFC Emley at the Angel Telecom Stadium (21).

Bingley and Cullingworth come of age

Bingley FCTwo Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League clubs have gone up in the world.
For Bingley FC Young Boys, it is a change of name and ground, while Cullingworth Youth will kick off the new season in the Premier Division after winning the Division One title last season.
The newly-renamed Bingley FC will be using the Ryshworth Club as their base and playing at Crossflatts Rec, after leaving Marley.
Cullingworth Youth logoThree new teams have joined the league – Yeadon Veterans (in the Premier Division) and Shipley Town Reserves and Sky Bet in Division One – with four teams leaving – AFC Bramley, Idle United, Salts Firsts and Menston Athletic.
Park Row Panthers and Horsforth St Margarets join Cullingworth in gaining promotion, with Otley Tavern the only team relegated.
It leaves the Keighley area with five teams in the Premier Division – Bingley FC, Crossflatts Village, Cullingworth Youth, Keighley Athletic and Keighley Town – with two in Division One – Aire Valley and Keighley Albion.

Crosshills off mark with a win

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Steeton Reserves 1

Robert Matthews and Luke Newton were on target as Craven League Premier Division side Crosshills got their pre-season campaign off the ground with victory over their West Riding County Amateur League neighbours.
Corey Speed scored for a young Chevrons team, who fielded a mixture of reserve team and u18 players.
Steeton manager Clark O’Dwyer said: “We gave them a good game, considering most of our players were under 20.
“Our future is bright as we plan to keep developing the young lads coming through.”

Gaughan aims to hit bars across the world

So close: Click to watch Joe Gaughan's crossbar challenge attempt. You need to be one of his Facebook friends to view it.

So close: Click to watch Joe Gaughan’s crossbar challenge attempt. You need to be one of his Facebook friends to view it.

Global call: Joe Gaughan is aiming to raise £1,000.

Global call: Joe Gaughan is aiming to raise £1,000.

Silsden old boy Joe Gaughan is circling the world for charity.
Stop Out SC striker Gaughan has issued a global challenge from New Zealand and is keen to see Keighley area clubs and players get involved to raise money for the Dreams Come True charity.
In his Facebook plea, Gaughan is urging players to take on his Worldwide Crossbar Challenge – hitting the crossbar from the halfway line – to raise £1,000 for the British-based charity.
Dreams Come True fulfils the dreams of terminally ill children and young people aged between two and 21.
A dream can be anything from swimming with dolphins to meeting a celebrity.
Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 12.37.08Gaughan said: “Whatever it may be, the experience of fulfilling a dream has a profound impact and one I hope we can all be involved in, in some way or another.”
Gaughan, who moved to the other side of the world last March, has stipulated that anyone nominated to take part has 48 hours to do the challenge and then has to donate to his JustGiving page before passing on the challenge to five more players.
He said: “Please remember to donate and try raise as much money as possible, and also try make this a worldwide challenge. Please remember to share my Just Giving link so people know where to donate.
Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 14.07.01“You are able to take as many shots at hitting the bar but I would appreciate it if you could donate £1 per shot.”
Gaughan was filmed trying his luck at the challenge, landing the ball on the net in a near miss.
His nominees include Chesterfield’s former Oakworth goalkeeper Tommy Lee, fellow Stop Out team mate Matty Everard, Shaw Lane Aquaforce’s Matty Moore and Silsden’s Joe Mitchell.

    Why not try it as a pre-match or training event for the whole team? Film your efforts and Keighley Kicks will show them – email your videos to editorial@keighleykicks.co.uk

To sponsor Gaughan, visit his Just Givingpage, here. You can donate via credit card or PayPal.

All square for Bradley in opener

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Bradley used 22 players as they got their new season under way with a creditable draw at higher level Craven League opponents.
It gave manager Tony Piotrowicz strength in numbers and the luxury of being able to change things round completely at half-time.
The first half was a game of chances missed for Bradley, despite playing some good football.
Grassington had few chances but scored from a set-piece to leave Piotrowicz disappointed at half-time.
He changed all 11 players and the new-look team put on another good display.
A crossfield ball from Edward Horner found Liam Wheeler and finished with superb left shot over the keeper to equalise.
Chances fell for both sides but no further goals were added, to leave both managers satisfied with a good night’s workout.
Bradley reports sponsored by Skipton Body Repair Centre

All change for Craven League fixture list

FootballNew fixtures have been released for the new Craven League season.
Action still gets under way on Saturday, August 23, but the opening day programme has been completely changed to that issued last week.
Premier Division fixtures include Crosshills v Rolls, Embsay v Cononley Sports and Wilsden Athletic v Grindleton.
In Division One, Cononley Sports Reserves host Bradley and Silsden White Star are at home to Bingley Town, while Ingrow & Worth Valley are at home to Skipton Town, with Bradley making the short trip to Cononley Reserves.
First-day action in Division Two sees FC Sporting take on Manningham All Stars, Broomhill are at Grindleton Reserves with Oxenhope Thirds travelling to Sutton.
There is derby action in Division Three with Sutton Reserves making the short trip to Cowling Reserves, with Bradley Reserves at home to Barnoldswick Barons and away days for Crosshills Reserves (at new boys Barlick Wanderers) and Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves (at Skipton Town Reserves).
Early season fixtures remain subject to change, depending on pitch availability where teams share with cricket clubs.
See the full list of fixtures on the Craven League website, here.

American dream is beckoning for Madden

US trials: Connor Madden, white shirt, in action in Harrogate.

US trials: Connor Madden, white shirt, in action in Harrogate.

Hot work: Connor Madden gets to hear this week if he is heading across the Atlantic.

Hot work: Connor Madden gets to hear this week if he is heading across the Atlantic.

Oxenhope Rec’s teenage midfielder Connor Madden is facing a trial by video as he looks to take his career overseas.
Madden, 19, from near Braithwaite, played in final trials with Sports Recruiting USA for American colleges on Saturday and is eagerly awaiting news to hear if he has been accepted for a prestigious place across the Atlantic.
Madden had already impressed in an earlier round of trials and videos of him in action were circulated in the USA after he did well in a match involving two teams of players with similar ambitions.
He was one of 12 selected for the final round and was in action again at Harrogate at the weekend.
Madden said: “The trial was to determine whether or not I get a scholarship at an American uni playing football.
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Silsden hit for six in opener

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Knaresborough Town 6

Silsden opened their season with a goal-laden friendly at the Angel Telecom Stadium this evening.
The Cobbydalers led 2-1 at half-time but their Northern Counties East League visitors ran clear after the break.
Josh Metcalfe 2 and Jonson Butterfield were on target for the hosts.

Silsden youngsters under new management

Trophy hopes: New Silsden u19s manager Stephen Narey.

Trophy hopes: New Silsden u19s manager Stephen Narey.

A new management team takes control of Silsden u19s as they open their pre-season campaign this evening.
New manager Stephen Narey and assistant Andy Consoli will be in charge of the young Cobbydalers at the Angel Telecom Stadium when they welcome Knaresborough Town, 7.15pm.
They replace Andy Gaughan and Jez Fay and will be hoping to add to the pair’s impressive haul of silverware during their tenure.

The week ahead: July 28-August 3

Friendlies
Monday, July 28: Silsden u19 v Knaresborough Town (7.15pm).
Tuesday 29: Grassington Utd v Bradley (6.30pm), Harrogate Railway Athletic v Silsden.
Wednesday 30: Crosshills v Steeton Res (6.30pm).
Thursday 31: Crosshills v Silsden White Star, Oxenhope Rec Res v Broomhill, Silsden Dev v Thackley (7.30pm).
Saturday, August 2: Bingley Town v Polonia Patson, Broomhill v Halifax Volunter Arms (2pm), Grassington Utd v Ingrow & Worth Valley, Oxenhope Rec Res/III v Beeston St Anthony’s III (2pm), Steeton v Rimington.
Sunday 3: Grassington Utd Res v Polonia Patson, Ingrow & Worth Valley v Muldoons.

North West Counties League
Saturday, August 2
Premier Div:
Silsden v Abbey Hey (3pm)

All square for Oxenhope

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An end to end game played on a superb playing surface saw Oxenhope’s second string gain a well deserved draw as they continued their build-up to the start of the West Yorkshire League season.
The home side led 1-0 at half-time but early in the second half Craig Morris fired in an equaliser.
Midway through the second period, a good flowing move resulted in Barnoldswick restoring their advantage but with time running out, James Bailey put in a curling corner for Dan Moriarty to head home.