The final whistle

copy-Kicks-logo-longNEW.jpgScreen Shot 2015-06-03 at 08.17.08There has been no white knight riding to the rescue unfortunately and Keighley Kicks is now closing.
After four years and more than 600,000 page views from over a quarter-of-a-million visitors from 145 countries across the globe, this website is going into cold storage.
A change of work patterns for site editor Steve Penny means he can no longer afford the time to keep the site updated.
The web hosting fee has been paid until next April, so the site will stay in situ, but no more updates are planned.
Steve said: “It has been a real labour of love and I’m sorry to have to give it up but I simply don’t have the time to do it justice any more.”
He thanked everyone who had played their part in supporting the site over the years, especially those who regularly supplied match reports, news and photographs.
“There are too many to name individually but the success of the site was down to the variety of people who contributed and used the site on a daily basis for all the latest local football news.
“At least with the site there for a few more months, it might serve as a reminder and someone may find themselves with time on their hands to pick it up.
“It will also be a useful archive if anyone wants to start up there own similar site.”
Steve is still willing to lend a hand to anyone who fancies taking it on but, realistically, without a team of at least six people, willing to devote an hour or two a week to running it, it will be closing for good.
Although the work is voluntary, there is the possibility of payment through a 50 per cent commission from any advertising generated by team members.
If you are interested or know anyone who might be, contact Steve by email here for more details.
Feel free to add your comments below.

Plenty to celebrate for Oxenhope

Oxenhope had a memorable season. Pictures: David S Brett

Oxenhope had a memorable season.
Pictures: David S Brett

Dan Moriarty won the top scorer award.

Dan Moriarty won the top scorer award.

Oxenhope Rec’s presentation evening saw more than 70 players and supporters celebrate the five trophies on display that the three teams had won.
It was the best season in the club’s 102 year history.
Pride of place went to the County FA Cup, where 126 teams entered the competition from leagues throughout the West Riding and the first team lifted the trophy for the first time, defeating strong favourites Leeds City, at County headquarters at Woodlesford, 6-3 in a memorable night that will never be forgotten.
The first team also retained the Keighley & District FA Cup for the third time in four years.
The reserves lifted the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup, by defeating their club colleagues of the third team in one of the best local cup finals ever seen.
The third team were not to be disappointed as they achieved a league and cup double in the Craven & District League by being crowned Division Two Champions and winning the division’s League Cup.
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Sporting chance of bigger step up

FC Sporting Keighley logoFC Sporting Keighley are planning to push their fast-track to glory even further.
After three promotions in three seasons since forming, the Craven League team are looking for new players to strengthen their squad ahead of their Craven League Division One debut next season.
Pre-season training starts on Wednesday, July 22, at the team’s home base at Marley.
Club chairman Faruk Ali, said: “We offer a very friendly but highly competitive environment to play football at a decent level.
“Our medium to long-term plan is to move into the West Riding County Amateur League.”
The club are expecially keen to attract a new goalkeeper and a striker but all positions will be considered.
Anyone interested, should contact Ali, 07446856969, or email

Today’s results: Saturday, May 23

West Yorkshire League
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res 3 Beeston St Anthony’s Res 9.
Craven League
Premier Division: Grassington Utd v Wilsden Ath (postponed), Settle Utd v Cowling (postponed).
Division 2: Salts III 1 Grassington Utd Res 5.
Division 3: Ingrow & Worth Valley Res 5 Trawden Celtic Res 2.

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Today’s fixtures: Saturday, May 23

West Yorkshire League, 1pm
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v Beeston St Anthony’s Res.
Craven League, 2pm
Premier Division: Grassington Utd v Wilsden Ath, Settle Utd v Cowling.
Division 2: Salts III v Grassington Utd Res.
Division 3: Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Trawden Celtic Res.

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Sidelined Sporting earn third consecutive promotion

FC Sporting Keighley logoFC Sporting Keighley are celebrating a third consecutive promotion after Craven League officials awarded them the points from last night’s cancelled Division Two match against Manningham All Stars.
Their scheduled last match of the season was called off when the Bradford side failed to raise a team.
Sporting needed a point to climb above Broomhill into second place but a win was necessary to move out of reach of fourth-placed Grassington Reserves, who have two games still to play.
But the Craven Legue have moved qucikly to confirm all three points have been awarded to the Marley-based team and the table has been adjusted accordingly with Sporting finishing runners-up to Oxenhope Rec Thirds.
It was a similar situation in the Premier Division, where Settle United have become champions without kicking a ball.
They won 11-2 at Cowling on Monday to pull within three points of long-term leaders Crosshills with two games to play – against Earby tomorrow and at home to Cowling on Saturday.
However, the Earby match has been awarded in Settle’s favour and only a ridiculous 43-0 defeat against Cowling will now stop them winning the title.

Academy are spot on for county victory

Sports Recruiting USASports Recruiting Academy 0
Guiseley 0
(Sport Recruiting win on penalties)

A heavily Keighley-area influenced Sports Recruiting Academy marked their first season in the West Riding County FA U21 League with a cup final victory at Garforth Town.
Central Division champions Guiseley Academy side offered stiff competition and a tight match was eventually decided from the penalty spot.
With both defences playing a high line, Dan Massey was looking to use his pace in behind to threaten the Guiseley defence. After a lively first 10 minutes, both defences started to get on top, giving the striker minimal time to make an impact.
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Steeton find early way to Netts

Steeton logoSteeton have made a lightning start to next season, by securing their first signing.
Former Silsden captain James Nettleton has agreed to join the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division side.
Manager Roy Mason said: “I am delighted that Nettsy has decided to join us next season.
“I know that he has had quite a few offers and that he sees us as a progressive club and one that he feels he can contribute a lot towards.
“While our push for next season in the main is towards younger players, I felt that with his experience of playing at a higher level and the respect and contacts that he has within the game it was too good an opportunity to miss.
“It is a testament to what we are doing that we can attract players of his calibre and I see this as the first of many signings that the club will be making this pre season.”

Oxenhope complete home season with 15-goal thriller

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec 9
Robin Hood Athletic 6

Spectators were treated to a 15-goal bonanza in the most bizarre end-of-season West Yorkshire League game ever seen at the Recreation Ground.
Both teams played all out attacking football and the goals hit the back of the net at regular intervals.
The home side led 4-1 at the interval thanks to a brace from Lewis Hopkinson and strikes from Dan Moriarty and Leon Smith.
Early in the second half Robin Hood pulled it back to 4-3 and were in the ascendancy.
Back came Oxenhope with another three goals, Hopkinson securing his hat-trick and another two from Moriarty to make it 7-3.
The visitors gave themselves hope with a fourth before substitute Joel Gallagher got into the scoring spree, only for Hood to score another two before Moriarty completed the scoring with his fourth.
The three points ensures Oxenhope finish sixth in the Premier Division, the same position as last season but with four more points.
Their season ends on Wednesday with a trip to Leeds City, whom they defeated in that memorable County Cup Final last month, to round off the club’s best ever season, lifting five trophies from the three senior teams.
Oxenhope: Lee, Day (Davies), Nelson, Cox, Walton, Kaine, Morris (Gallagher), Moriarty, Smith, Quinlan, Hopkinson (Bailey)

The week ahead: May 18-24

Monday, May 18
West Yorkshire League, 6.30pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Robin Hood Ath.

Craven League, 6.30pm
Premier Division: Cowling v Settle Utd.
Division 1: Cononley Sports Res v Ingrow & Worth Valley.

Tuesday, May 19
Craven League, 6.15pm
Division 2: Manningham All Stars v FC Sporting Keighley.

Wednesday, May 20
West Yorkshire League, 6.30pm
Premier Division: Leeds City v Oxenhope Rec.
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec v Ilkley Tn Res.

Craven League, 6.15pm
Division 1: Cononley Sports Res v AFC Colne.
Division 2: Grassington Utd Res v Sutton.

Thursday, May 21
Craven League, 6.15pm
Division 3: Crosshills Res v Carleton, Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Ilkley Tn III.

Saturday, May 23
West Yorkshire League, 2.30pm
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v Beeston St Anthony’s Res.

Craven League, 2pm
Premier Division: Grassington Utd v Wilsden Ath, Settle Utd v Cowling.
Division 2: Salts III v Grassington Utd Res.
Division 3: Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Trawden Celtic Res.

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Championship secured by opposition’s no-show

Oxenhope Rec Thirds league and cup double-winning line-up.

Oxenhope Rec Thirds league and cup double-winning line-up.

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec III w/o v Sutton
Oxenhope Rec Thirds took the Craven League Division Two title without kicking a ball when Sutton did not turn up for their game.
Oxenhope were handed the three points by the league to makes them champions. In so doing the Thirds accomplished a league and cup double.

Title hopes end with last-ditch leveller from nine-man hosts

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec Reserves 3
Hunslet Club Reserves 3

Oxenhope’s second string slipped out of the title race after a last-minute equaliser by Hunslet that kept their own West Yorkshire League Alliance Division One title aspirations alive.
With both teams in with chance of the championship this was always going to be a tense game.
The home side started strongly and after five minutes Joe Brady turned his marker and fired into the corner of the net.
Hunslet created half chances but Oxenhope were always in control and on the half hour increased their lead when Will Lee went past his opposite number, curled a pass into the path of the advancing Karl Wellard wide on the right and he got beyond the defender and slotted past the keeper.
Hunslet came out for the second half in determined mood and in their first attack won a penalty which was converted.
The game was now a real battle as both teams strove to gain the advantage.
After 70 minutes Hunslet grabbed the equaliser when a midfield player burst into the box unmarked and tapped in.
The tempo increased and with just five minutes left Oxenhope struck their third when Lee side stepped his marker and rifled in from 20 yards.
Hunslet went all out for the equaliser and an unsavoury incident saw two Hunslet players receive red cards but in the final minute the ball broke to a midfielder who advanced and then lobbed the ball from 25 yards into the net to snatch the equaliser and shatter Oxenhope’s title dreams.

Doomed City hit Rec with winning sign-off

Oxenhope Rec logoRipon City 3
Oxenhope Rec 2

Oxenhope travelled to already-relegated Ripon but, despite being on top for the majority of the West Yorkshire League Premier Division game, came back empty handed due to some solid defending and wasted chances.
From the start, the visitors were on the front foot and after 10 minutes went ahead when Craig Morris sped down the right flank beat his marker, played the ball into Dan Moriarty and his measured shot beat the Ripon keeper.
Further strikes on goal by Oxenhope went wide or the keeper tipped the ball over and round the posts.
Ripon equalised with a sucker punch when they were awarded a free-kick outside the box. I was quickly taken while Oxenhope were still trooping back and lacking concentration as the ball found the back of the net.
Early in the second half Moriarty was brought down in the box and the usually reliable Chris Day saw his penalty saved.
Soon after Oxenhope did regain the lead when again Morris was again the provider, weaving his way through the home defence before laying the ball off to Ollie Metcalfe to rifle in.
Then within five minutes Ripon struck two quick goals from long balls catching the Oxenhope defence flat footed on both occasions.
Oxenhope tried to find the equaliser but Ripon were determined to finish off their season on a high and held out to the final whistle.
Oxenhope: Lee, Day (Davies), McNicol, Cox, Walton, Quinlan, Morris, Moriarty, Smith, Metcalfe, Marshall.

Steampigs peg champions back for a point

Silsden White Star new logoSilsden White Star 4
Ingrow & Worth Valley 4

Ingrow were at the Craven League Division One champions in their penultimate game of the season and fought out a thrilling draw.
With players missing, manager Liam Marsh had to make a rare appearance and Tom Barlow also returned from semi-retirement.
Things did not start well for the Pigs with Marsh showing his rustiness to allow the hosts in for two quick goals.
Ingrow & WVIngrow settled and hit back with two goals of their own from man of the match Ryan Stubbs.
Silsden regained the lead in the second half, only for Josh Yeadon to equalise.
An end to end encounter went back in the champions’ favour to make it 4-3 but Ingrow again came back when a ball from Martin Coleman found Jack Bilney and he bundled the ball home.
Whitestars’ scorers were Ben McClennon, Andy McNulty, Richard Smith and Liam Swain.
Steampigs manager Marsh said of the season: “All in all it’s not been bad and next season hopefully we will be luckier with injuries.”

Today’s results: Saturday, May 16

West Yorkshire League
Premier Division: Ripon City 3 Oxenhope Rec 2.
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res 3 Hunslet Club Res 3.
Craven League
Premier Division: Earby Tn v Cononley Sports (postponed), Wilsden Ath 2 Rolls 6.
Division 1: Silsden White Star 4 Ingrow & Worth Valley 4.
Division 2: Oxenhope Rec III v Sutton (postponed), Salts III v Grassington Utd Res (postponed).
Division 3: Crosshills Res 2 Ilkley Tn III 1, Sutton Res v Ingrow & Worth Valley Res (postponed).

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