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Expensive weekend for Silsden

Last weekend proved expensive for Silsden. As well as missing out on £1,500 of prize money following their 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Consett, the Cobbydalers also suffered a break-in at their clubhouse.
Burglars made off with a strimmer and ground marker as well as the contents of the tea shop, including crisps, drinks and chocolate, during the overnight raid at the Angel Telecom Stadium.
General secretary Peter Hanson told the Keighley News the loss was estimated to be between £1,300 and £1,500.

New boys are first up for Silsden

SilsdenLeague newcomers Huddersfield YMCA are Silsden’s first opponents in the Northern u19 Alliance season, which kicks-off on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25.
The Cobbydalers, under new management team Stephen Narey and assistant Andy Consoli, start their campaign at the Angel Telecom Stadium, before travelling to Liversedge’s Clayborn ground for the second match on September 4.
Fixtures are then scheduled alternatively home and away throughout the rest of the season, which is scheduled to end on December 8, due to there being only seven teams in the West Division.
See Silsden’s full fixture list, here.

Oxenhope bounce back with nine

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec Reserves 9
Field Reserves 3

Oxenhope bounced back from Saturday’s narrow West Yorkshire League Alliance One opening day defeat at Hunslet in stunning fashion.
What had been a tight even game up until half-time, with the score line 3-2, ended up a clear cut victory at the final whistle as Oxenhope’s second string overpowered Field in the second half.
The home side took the lead after 10 minutes when a back pass caused confusion and Leon Smith nipped in to roll the ball home.
Craig Morris then drew a brave save from the Field’s keeper and an effort from Smith hit the crossbar.
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Bradley step up the pace

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Bradley’s superior fitness eventually told as they stepped up a gear to run out comfortable winners in their opening Craven League Division One match of the season.
Zac Conway and James Wilson ripped through the Cononley defence creating chance after chance but stand-in goalkeeper Mike Beilby was man of the match, after pulling off a string of top-class saves.
It took a penalty to break the deadlock, converted by Rob Watson to make it 1-0 at half-time.
Nick Kaminski levelled soon after the break with a good shot into the bottom corner of the net as Cononley started to gain the upper hand.
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Oaks start season at home

Keighley Oaks logoKeighley Oaks will start their West Riding County Women’s League season at home to Bradford Park Avenue on September 14.
Fixtures released today send Oaks to Selby a week later to take on Brayton Belles.
After that, Oaks meet Brighouse Athletic, Wortley, Harrogate Railway Athletic, Hemsworth and Ossett Town, before a rematch with Avenue on November 2.
Click here for Oaks’ full early-season fixtures.
Silsden are still awaiting news of their Division One fixture list.

Derby opener for Wharfedale Triangle season

Wharfedale Triangle logoA new Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League season will kick-off with a derby bang.
Bingley FC and Crossflatts Village will go head-to-head on the Premier Division’s opening day, September 7.
An all-Keighley clash sees Keighley Town welcome Division One champions Cullingworth Youth to Marley, while Keighley Athletic take on Shipley Town at the same venue.
In Division One, Keighley Albion complete a trio of matches at Marley, when they host Menston Athletic.
Aire Valley are at Cottingley WMC, while Salts III travel to Otley Tavern.
See all September’s fixtures, here.

The week ahead: August 18-24

Monday, August 18
West Yorkshire League, 6.15pm
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v Field Res.

Craven League, 6.15pm
Division 1: Cononley Sports Res v Bradley.
Division 3: Cowling Res v Sutton Res.

Wednesday, August 20
North West Counties League, 8pm
Premier Division: Bacup & Rossendale Borough v Silsden.

West Yorkshire League, 6.15pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Otley Town.

West Riding County Amateur League, 6pm
Premier Division: Steeton v Campion, Tyersal v Salts (6.15pm).

Craven League, 6.15pm
Premier Division: Cowling v Trawden Celtic, Embsay v Cononley Sports.

Friendly
Bingley Town A v Bingley Town B (6.30pm).

Thursday, August 21
Craven League, 6.15pm
Division 2: Oxenhope Rec III v Sutton.
Division 3: Barlick Wdrs v Crosshills Res.

Lancashire League, 7.45pm
East Division: Silsden Dev v AFC Emley.

Friendly
Cartwright Lister v Bingley FC (7pm), Denholme Utd v Mixenden.

Saturday, August 23
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Glossop North End v Silsden.

West Yorkshire League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Leeds City.
Alliance 1: Beeston St Anthony’s Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Huddersfield YMCA v Salts, Steeton v Bay Athletic.
Division 2: Salts Res v Lower Hopton Res.

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Gill opens Denholme account

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Denholme used their first warm-up match to give both their first and second teams a run out ahead of the Halifax League season.
Their Division One team ‘lost’ the first half 1-0 with the second half going 2-1 against the Division Two, reservess side. Adam Gill was the United scorer.

Silsden’s Cup glory road is a dead end

Action from Silsden's FA Cup defeat by Consett. Pictures: David S Brett.

Action from Silsden’s FA Cup defeat by Consett.
Pictures: David S Brett.

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Consett 2

by Jim Rosser
Pictures: David S Brett, click here for more.
Silsden’s road to Wembley again proved to be a cul-de-sac.
The Cobbydalers entertained Northern League side Consett, hoping to end a poor run in football’s oldest cup competition.
In the last three seasons Silsden have gone out, having had home advantage. It was clear when the draw was made this year that Silsden would have to be at their very best to defeat the Steelmen.
The main threat was to come from strikers Michael Mackay and Luke Sullivan, who each notched 45 goals last season, fewer than their combined total of ninety-nine in the previous season.
Andy Geary made a bold move, leaving out ball player Andy Hill for Joe Jalil hoping to strengthen defence but the Cobbydalers missed someone to put their foot on the ball and their play tended to be hurried.
Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 10.13.53The visitors were patient and there was always someone to receive the ball.
Calvin Smith, in midfield, constantly showed a sublime touch, which created both time and space.
Both MacKay and Sullivan were always looking to play one-twos
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Oxenhope celebrate return home in style

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Horbury Town 3

Oxenhope got a new era under way back in the village after a false start.
Although the new Centenary pitch was ready two years ago, drainage problems had meant a return to Marley but now everything is sorted and Rec marked the occasion with victory in a seven-goal West Yorkshire League opening day victory.
The game swung one way and then the other as both teams battled to gain any fluency against a strong cross wind.
Oxenhope took the lead on the half-hour mark when good build-up play between Ollie Metcalfe and Michael Garnett set up Dan Moriarty, who drilled the ball past the Horbury keeper.
Within minutes, the visitors equalised when defensive indecision allowed their striker to nip in and poke the ball over the line.
After 40 minutes Oxenhope regained their advantage from Moriarty’s corner when defender Scott Nelson powered in to head the ball home.
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