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Another whiteout for council pitches

For the third week running there will be no action on Bradford Council-maintained pitches this weekend.
A council spokesman said: “The recent snowfall has made it impossible to carry out maintenance or line marking.
“Because many pitches are covered in snow, the ground will be wet and can become damaged if sports events are played on them.”
FC Sporting Keighley have again taken precautions, should their match at Skipton LMS Reserves fall victim to the weather.
they have booked the artificial pitch at Marley to host a friendly.
Anyone interested in playing the Craven League Division Two team on Saturday with a 2pm kick-off should contact Faruk Ali, 07446 856969

Win £525 voucher in Thursday sixes league

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 20.52.07Who fancies the chance to have their match-winning football talents rewarded with a £525 paintballing day out voucher?
The Thursday Soccer 6s League at Marley Stadium has spaces available on the 3G Astroturf between 7-10pm.
Games are 40 minutes and it is free entry to all teams.
To enter a team or for more information, call Charlie Baber or text 07969 634304.

Keighley makes a heavyweight signing

Boxing legend Frank Bruno is heading for Keighley

Boxing legend Frank Bruno is heading for Keighley

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 21.23.55Here’s someone who would have added punch to any team’s attack!
Boxing legend Frank Bruno is taking to the stage in Keighley and Keighley Kicks readers have an early chance to apply for tickets.
The evening is being promoted by Keighley Kicks advertiser MJK Sports Events and is being held at the Victoria Hall on Saturday, May 16.
The former WBC Heavyweight champion will be pulling no punches as he tells the remarkable story of his life – his heartbreaking world title defeats, his fights with Mike Tyson and more recent life outside the ring, as well as the story of THAT night, when he was crowned heavyweight champion of the world.
Tickets are £35 or £50 for VIP front row seats.
As a special offer, any company buying a table of 10 tickets will receive a Frank Bruno signed boxing glove.
The event will run from 7pm until 11pm.
Call the ticket hotline on 07414 960956 or click the Bruno advert on Keighley Kicks for full details.

New dates for Keighley FA cup ties

Keighley FA logoSteeton’s Keighley FA Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Wilsden Athletic has been put back a month as a result of the wintry weather wiping out January’s scheduled fixtures.
The Chevrons will now take on the Craven League Premier Division team on Saturday, March 21.
That is the same day Oxenhope Rec are due to meet the winners of the outstanding second round tie between Silsden White Star and Cowling.

February fixtures:

Sunday 15, 11am
Sunday Cup
Semi-finals:
Keighley Athletic v Bingley FC, Keighley Town v Bradford Phoenix

Saturday 21, 1.30pm
Challenge Cup
2nd round:
Silsden White Star v Cowling
Supplementary Cup
Semi-finals:
Oxenhope Rec Reserves v Ingrow & Worth Valley Res, Steeton Res v Oxenhope Rec III.

The week ahead: January 26-February 1

Monday, January 26
West Riding County FA u21 Floodlit League, 7.15pm
League Cup: YAL v Sports Recruiting USA (at St John Fisher, Dewsbury).

Thursday, January 29
Lancashire League, 7.45pm
East Division: Silsden Dev v Albion Sports.

Saturday, January 31
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: AFC Blackpool v Silsden.

West Yorkshire League, 2pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v East End Park.
Alliance 1: Wetherby Ath Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
Premier Division: Steeton v Golcar Utd.
Division 1: Wibsey v Steeton Res.

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Late goals deny Silsden a shock victory

SilsdenTingley Athletic 2
Silsden 2

Silsden came within 10 minutes of causing an upset against a Tingley side who had won seven out of their eight West Riding Women’s League Division One games.
Despite the form book, Silsden started the game the brighter, getting the ball down and spreading play well.
Midway through the half a quick throw by Sarah Betterton found Harriet Brewer, who laid the ball back to Betterton. She found Laura Ackroyd in the Tingley area, who turned a defender before putting the ball in the bottom corner of the net.
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Today’s fixtures: Sunday, January 25

West Riding County FA Sunday Cup, 11am
4th rnd: Oakenshaw v Sandy Lane.
Bradford Sunday Alliance, 11am
Div 1: Wyke Rgrs v Bradford Phoenix.
Div 3A: FC Victoria v Salts.
Div 3B: Salts Res v Queensbury Rgrs.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 11am
Premier Division: Bingley FC v Menston Tn, Cullingworth Yth v Keighley Tn, Keighley Ath v Horsforth St Margs.
Division 1: Aire Valley v Yeadon Ath, Cookridge Hall v Salts III, Milford v Keighley Alb.
West Riding County Women’s League, 2pm
Premier Division: Keighley Oaks v Harrogate Railway.
Division 1: Tingley Ath v Silsden.

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Double delight for Silsden

SilsdenAbbey Hey 1 Silsden 2
A three-goal flurry either side of half-time went in Silsden’s favour as they cemented their place in the top half of the North West Counties League table by completing a double over their hosts.
The Cobbydalers had beaten Hey 4-1 in their season opener and made it a full six points thanks to a 44th-minute strike from Ben Lamb and another by Kevin Ryan six minutes into the second half, five minutes after Jon Hardy had levelled for the home side.
The Cobbydalers travelled to the Abbey Stadium following a three-week lay off due to the weather, hoping to maintain their climb up the table.
Ryan Haigh, in charge due to the absence of Andy Geary, brought in two new players –Michael Morrison into midfield and Robert Grimes to lead the attack.
At the start of play the Abbey stood nine points below the Cobbydalers but history suggested that the Silsden would face a difficult game having never completed the double over the Mancunians.
Despite a poor start to the season, Abbey played some neat triangular football on the floor and in the opening half they created more chances than the Cobbydalers.
The first chance of the game fell to the home side, John Hardy firing over the bar after Liam Murray had cut across the goal.
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Bradley hits leaders with four-goal blast

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Silsden White Star 6

Mark Bradley put in a four-goal man-of-the-match display to help the Whitestars earn a point from a goal-laden draw with the Craven League Division One leadersn.
Ben McClennon and Sam Stanfield were also on target as the Silsden side moved second in the table, three points adrift of their hosts but with three games in hand.

Ingrow have Skipton in their step

Ingrow & WVSkipton Town 5
Ingrow & Worth Valley 7

The goals flew in in Division One of the Craven league. White Silsden White Star were sharing 12 with leaders Chatburn, Ingrow were also involved in a 12-goal thriller but came out on top.
Danny Driver and Jordan Marsh grabbed two apiece with Joe Nkome, Josh Yeadon and Ryan Stubbs also finding the home team’s net.
In a scrappy game, the Steampigs gained revenge on their Skipton hosts, who had beaten them on the opening day of the season.
Ingrow welcomed back long-term injury casualties Martin Coleman and Gareth Atkinson to the squad and had a enforced change in goals with the less than mobile Chris Wheater filling in for their regular keeper.
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Sporting stay on the boil

FC Sporting Keighley 5 Broomhill 2
Having lost five of their last six league games to the weather, FC Sporting continued to keep match fit with another friendly, this time against Craven League Division Two rivals Broomhill.
Aaran and Zain Abas with two apiece and Aatir Zuber were on target as Sporting took the derby honours on Marley’s artificial pitch.

Today’s results: Saturday, January 24

North West Counties League
Premier Division: Abbey Hey 1 Silsden 2.
Lancashire League
East Division: Silsden Dev 2 Ashton Utd 2.
Craven League
Premier Division: Grassington Utd 5 Cowling 0.
Division 1: Chatburn 6 Silsden White Star 6, Skipton Tn 5 Ingrow & Worth Valley 7.
Division 3: Bradley Res 3 Pendle Renegades Res 2.
Friendly
FC Sporting Keighley 5 Broomhill 2.

All other matches postponed

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Today’s fixtures: Saturday, January 24

North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Abbey Hey v Silsden.
West Yorkshire League, 1.30pm
League Cup, 2nd rnd: Field v Oxenhope Rec (pitch inspection 10am).
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v Beeston St Anthonys (postponed).
West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
Premier Division: Bay Ath v Steeton (postponed), Salts v Storthes Hall.
Division 1: Steeton Res v Lepton Highlanders.
Division 2: Ovenden WR Res v Salts Res (postponed).
Lancashire League, 3pm
East Division: Silsden Dev v Ashton Utd.
Craven League, 2pm
Premier Division: Cononley Sports v Trawden Celtic, Earby Tn v Crosshills (postponed), Embsay v Wilsden Ath, Grassington Utd v Cowling.
Division 1: AFC Colne v Cononley Sports Res (postponed), Chatburn v Silsden White Star, Pendle Renegades v Bradley, Skipton Tn v Ingrow & Worth Valley.
Division 2: Broomhill v Grassington Utd (postponed), Grindleton Res v FC Sporting Keighley (postponed), Manningham All Stars v FC Polonia, Oxenhope Rec III v Settle Utd Res (postponed), Sutton v Earby Tn Res (postponed).
Division 3: Barnoldswick Barons v Ingrow & Worth Valley Res (postponed), Bradley Res v Pendle Renegades Res, Crosshills Res v Ilkley (postponed).
Northern Plant Hire Trophy: Addingham Res v Salts III.
Halifax League
Division 1: Denholme Utd v Salem (postponed).
Division 2: Shelf Utd Res v Denholme Utd Res (postponed).
Friendly, 2pm
FC Sporting Keighley v Broomhill (Marley astroturf).

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Early victims of wintry weather

Almost half of tomorrow’s 28-match programme has so far been confirmed as off with 11 games already postponed.
They are:
West Yorkshire League
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v Beeston St Anthonys.
West Riding County Amateur League
Premier Division: Bay Ath v Steeton.
Division 2: Ovenden WR Res v Salts Res.
Craven League
Premier Division: Earby Tn v Crosshills.
Division 1: AFC Colne v Cononley Sports Res.
Division 2: Broomhill v Grassington Utd, Grindleton Res v FC Sporting Keighley, Oxenhope Rec III v Settle Utd Res, Sutton v Earby Town Res.
Division 3: Barnoldswick Barons v Ingrow & Worth Valley Res, Crosshills Res v Ilkley Tn III.

One game definitely on is a friendly at Marley astroturf, where FC Sporting Keighley will be taking on Broomhill, 2pm.

Silsden get ministerial visit

Parliamentary guest: Silsden Sports Club chairman John Lohan with football club commercial manager Barry Thomas, MP Kris Hopkins and Sports Minister Helen Grant.

Parliamentary guest: Silsden Sports Club chairman John Lohan with football club commercial manager Barry Thomas, MP Kris Hopkins and Sports Minister Helen Grant.

SilsdenThe Minister of Sport, Tourism and Equalities, Helen Grant MP, made a surprise visit to Silsden’s Angel Telecom Stadium.
The Silsden Football and Cricket Clubs premises impressed the Government minister during her visit to the district to promote investment in grassroots sport.
The Cobbydalers had been contacted by local MP Kris Hopkins, who had been one of the guests at the football club’s successful 1914 Memorial Day, which honoured the fallen of Silsden, especially the club’s footballers, earlier this season.
Mr Hopkins, who had been impressed by the efforts that had gone into the day and also the work that was ongoing at the club, asked commercial manager Barry Thomas if he could bring the minister to the club on her trip to the local area.
The MP said: “Helen wanted to see some grassroots sport in my constituency and I thought there would be few places better for her to visit than Silsden AFC. It’s an amazing place.”
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