Poppy paper proves popular

Poppy cheque handovers: Gavin Harker, Barry Thomas, Lee Smith, John Lohan and Jeremy Billett.

Poppy cheque handovers: Gavin Harker, Barry Thomas, Lee Smith, John Lohan and Jeremy Billett.

Front cover: The Silsden Herald paid tribute to the fallen of the First World War.

Front cover: The Silsden Herald paid tribute to the fallen of the First World War.

Silsden’s Poppy Day appeal proved to be a real page-turner.
The North West Counties League club raised more than £750 with £513 coming from the sale of the Silsden Herald, a 1914-style newspaper, which told the story of Silsden and its footballers in World War One.
The newspaper had articles about the club’s players who took part in an organised football competition held by the Army to keep the spirits up when the lads were away from the trenches.
The “Silsden” team, who wrote home for a set of football shirts, won the competition and were presented with a cup and individual silver medals.
Three of the Silsden players lost their lives at the front at the Battle of the Somme.
Lest we forget: The Cobbydalers paid tribute on and off the field.

Lest we forget: The Cobbydalers paid tribute on and off the field.

The paper, researched and written by Silsden commercial manager Barry Thomas and sports club chairman John Lohan was printed and produced by Peter Hanson, who added some excellent photographs and adverts of the period.
“It has been so successful that copies have been sent around the world to Cobbydalers who have emigrated or who are working abroad” said Barry.”
“It took a lot of effort over a period of two months and a few sleepless nights but we were delighted both with the paper and the support which we have received from the Silsden public.”
The Club also held a memorial day on November 10 in a packed clubhouse where there were displays and videos of the war.
Silsden Town Band played music from the period and Skipton choir Rock Up and Sing sang songs from the trenches.
Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 08.38.17The three church ministers all spoke about the sacrifices the soldiers faced but also of the good points of humanity such as the Christmas Day truces organised by small groups of soldiers from both the Allied and German sides, exchanging gifts and playing football in No-man’s Land.
The club thanked all the volunteers who made the memorial day so special.
A collection bucket raised £160 and a collection box on the bar raised a further £85, making a grand total of £758 for the Poppy Appeal.
The cheque was presented by John and Barry to three representative of the Silsden branch of the RBL, all former members of the armed forces – Lee Smith, who spent 25 years in the RAF, Jeremy Billett, six years in the RAF, mainly in Germany, and Gavin Harker, who had served with the 4th and 6th Royal Dragoons for six years in Germany.
Jeremy thanked the club for their efforts. He said the community had all pulled together and the total sum raised this year was £4,347, a total surpassing last years total by almost a thousand pounds.
Stop press: Asked about another memorial service, Barry suggested that the club might arrange one for Armistice Day 2018. Watch this space…

Cup repeat hopes spiked by Pikes

SilsdenPickering Town 5
Silsden 1

Silsden’s hopes of reclaiming the Pat Rice Trophy they won two seasons ago were dashed by a late flurry of goals.
The Cobbydalers had beaten the North Division leaders in the semi-finals on their way to glory in 2012/13 but there was to be no repeat in this season’s Northern u19 Alliance’s cup competition.
Pickering led 1-0 at half-time courtesy of Cameron Mulhern but Jack Wrigglesworth levelled 10 minutes into the second half.
The Pikes regained the lead soon after and, with Silsden pushing for an equaliser, scored three more in the final 15 minutes.

The week ahead: December 15-21

Monday, December 15
West Riding County FA u21 Floodlit League, 8pm
West Division: Queensbury Pk Rgrs v Bingley Juniors.

Northern u19 Alliance, 8pm
Pat Rice Trophy: Pickering Tn v Silsden.

Thursday, December 18
West Riding County FA, Minor Cup, 7.30pm
Group B: Keighley FA v Craven FA (at Silsden).

Saturday, December 20
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Runcorn Tn v Silsden.

West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy, 1pm
3rd rnd: Oxenhope Rec Res v Mount St Mary’s.

West Yorkshire League, 2pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Otley Tn.

Keighley FA Challenge Cup, 1.30pm
2nd rnd: Silsden White Star v Cowling.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
Premier Division: Golcar Utd v Steeton, Wibsey v Salts.
Division 1: Steeton Res v Westbrook YMCA.
Division 2: Salts Res v Hunslet Club & Parkside.

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Sandy Lane keep their cool for county progress

Carrington 5 Sandy Lane 5
(Sandy Lane won 4-2 on penalties)

Sandy Lane beat the wintry weather to earn a place in the last 16 of the West Riding County FA Sunday Cup.
But they needed to hold their nerve to see off their high-flying Halifax Sunday League hosts, who had moved the delayed tie to an artificial pitch.
After sharing 10 goals in open play, it came down to a penalty shoot-out with Marcus Davey, Marshall Campbell, Dan Hook and Andy Sadowskyj firing Lane through to a fourth round tie at Oakenshaw on January 4.
Keifer Oxley and Stu Cotterill both scored twice with Dan Hook completing the visitors’ scoresheet before the deadlock breaker.
Oakenshaw are flying high in Division One of the Bradford Sunday Alliance, one level below Sandy Lane, but have won eight and lost just one of their 10 league games this season.

Wademan weighs in with a double

Two goals: Chris Wademan.

Two goals: Chris Wademan.

Ashton United 1
Silsden Dev XI 3

Silsden moved level with their hosts in fourth place in the East Division of the Lancashire League after a rare Sunday outing.
Chris Wademan put the young Cobbydalers ahead after four minutes and doubled the advantage eight minutes before half-time when he latched on to a ball over the top.
Ashton pulled one back from the penalty spot after the break but Ollie Peacock completed things for Silsden when he converted Josh McNulty’s corner.

Today’s results: Sunday, December 14

Lancashire League
East Division: Ashton Utd 1 Silsden Dev 3.

West Riding County FA Sunday Cup
3rd rnd: Carrington 5 Sandy Lane 5 (Sandy Lane won 4-2 on pens).

Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League,
Premier Division: Cullingworth Yth L Menston Tn L.
Division 1: Cookridge Hall L Aire Valley L, Shipley Tn Res L Salts III L.

West Riding County Women’s League
Division 1: Oulton 4 Silsden 2.

All other matches postponed.

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Today’s fixtures and confirmed postponements: Sunday, December 14

Lancashire League, 2pm
East Division: Ashton Utd v Silsden Dev.

West Riding County FA Sunday Cup
3rd rnd: Carrington v Sandy Lane.

Bradford Sunday Alliance
Div 1: White Eagles v Bradford Phoenix (postponed).
Div 3A: Aire Ath Res v Salts (postponed).
Div 3B: Salts Res v Eccleshill Punjab B (postponed).

Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 11am
Premier Division: Bingley FC v Keighley Ath (postponed), Cullingworth Yth v Menston Tn, Keighley Tn v Shipley Tn (postponed).
Division 1: Cookridge Hall v Aire Valley, Shipley Tn Res v Salts III.

West Riding County Women’s League
Premier Division: Keighley Oaks v Ossett Tn (postponed).
Division 1: Oulton v Silsden.

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Gregory turns up heat for Cononley

Cononley Sports 5 Embsay 0
Cononley took full advantage of beating the wintry weather to double their Craven League Premier Division wins total for the season.
The wintry wrecked the league programme but Sports proved hot stuff, roaring into a four-goal lead inside 20 minutes against the only team they had beaten this season.
With four of their previous five matches having being postponed, the hosts were keen to make up for lost time and Lee Thompson, Joel Birks and a brace from Craig Gregory saw them flying.
Gregory’s second goal was goal of the game, if not the season. It came from a cross, which he brought down superbly did a Cruyff turn and slotted the ball past the Embsay goalkeeper into the corner of the net with a fierce shot.
Embsay came more into game more after the break but a deflected shot sealed the home victory.
It was a great performance from the hosts and a much needed win.

Eight goals shared in winter warmer

FC Sporting Keighley 4
Ingrow & Worth Valley 4

FC Sporting moved quickly to ensure they were not left sidelined by today’s frozen conditions around the area.
With their scheduled Craven League Division Two trip to Manningham All Stars called off, they booked the artificial pitch at Marley and Ingrow & Worth Valley responded to their appeal for opponents to play in a friendly.
It looked as if their Division One visitors were going to make the most of the unexpected action when they led 3-0 with 20 minutes to go.
Even after Sporting pulled one back, the Steampigs added another to look safe at 4-1 ahead.
But this season’s Steamers’ defensive woes reared their ugly head, allowing Sporting to hit back to share the spoils.
Craig Wheater, Chris Wheater, Jack Bilney and Ryan Stubbs scored for Ingrow.
Aaran Abbas grabbed a hat-trick for the hosts with Jinaid Taj also on target.
Zain Abbas had a goal disallowed for Sporting, who were left cursing a string of missed chances to have chalked up a victory.

Today’s fixtures: Saturday, December 13

These are the games still surviving at 1pm. All other fixtures have been postponed.
FC Sporting Keighley v Ingrow & Worth Valley is a swiftly arranged friendly on the artificial pitch at Marley.
The only scheduled fixture to beat the weather is Cononley’s Craven League match v Embsay.

Craven League, 2pm
Premier Division: Cononley Sports v Embsay (confirmed as ON).
Friendly, 2pm
FC Sporting Keighley v Ingrow & Worth Valley (at Marley astroturf, confirmed as ON).

More games called off

Ball waterlogged pitchSteeton’s West Riding County Amateur League match at home to Golcar United tomorrow is the latest casualty of the wintry weather.
Silsden are holding a 9.30am inspection at the Angel Telecom Stadium ahead of their North West Counties League match against Bacup & Rossendale Borough. There is also an inspection at 10.30am for Ingrow & Worth Valley’s Craven League clash at Skipton Town.
Both Crosshills’ Craven League matches have been called off, to add to yesterday’s list of postponements on Bradford-council run grounds.
Hills’ first team game is off due to opponents Rolls being involved in a cup match, while the reserves’ home game against Barlick Wanderers is a victim of the weather.
Also off is Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves’ Division Three Cup tie against Carleton at Holy Family School.
No news yet on the following matches:

West Yorkshire League
Premier Division: East End Park v Oxenhope Rec.
West Riding County Amateur League
Division 1: Wibsey v Steeton Res.
Division 2: Lower Hopton Res v Salts Res.
Craven League
Premier Division: Cononley Sports v Embsay.
Division 1: Bradley v Cononley Sports Res, Hellifield Sports v Bingley Tn, Silsden White Star v Gargrave.
Division 2: Earby Tn Res v Salts III, Manningham All Stars v FC Sporting Keighley.
Division 3: Addingham Res v Sutton Res, Cowling Res v Skipton Tn Res, Horton v Bradley Res.

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All council pitch matches called off this weekend

Ball waterlogged pitchThis week’s bad weather has forced Bradford Council into calling off all local football fixtures on its pitches this weekend.
Affected grounds include Marley, Oxenhope Rec, Highfield Rec, Parkwood Stadium and Oakworth’s Bronte School playing fields.
It means the following Keighley area games are expected to be postponed, as well as any away games being played on Bradford Council pitches elsewhere:

Saturday, December 13
West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy
3rd rnd: Oxenhope Rec Res v Mount St Mary’s.
West Riding County Amateur League
Premier Division: Salts v Littletown.
Craven League
Premier Division: Wilsden Ath v Cowling.
Division 2: FC Polonia v Settle Utd Res, Oxenhope Rec III v Sutton.

Sunday, December 14
Bradford Sunday Alliance
Div 3B: Salts Res v Eccleshill Punjab B.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League,
Premier Division: Keighley Tn v Shipley Tn.
West Riding County Women’s League
Premier Division: Keighley Oaks v Ossett Tn.

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Bingley enjoy taste of Premier class

Bingley FC's Ben Sugden receives his club's Nike Ordem football prize from Keighley Kicks editor Steve Penny.

Bingley FC’s Ben Sugden receives his club’s Nike Ordem football prize from Keighley Kicks editor Steve Penny.

Bingley FC have been getting to grips with a sample of the Premier League thanks to one of their players who won a top-class ball in a Keighley Kicks competition, courtesy of
Ben Sugden won a Nike Ordem 2 top-of-the-range ball for his Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League club and, as part of the prize, agreed to review it.
The ball is made up of what Nike is calling “Aerowtrac Grooves” and “micro-textured casing”. They look like small hexagon shapes but on closer inspection they appear to be indents in the face of the ball, which is made up of fewer, but much larger sections.
The Bingley players said that the new feature really does have an effect on the flight of the ball, as their shots held their line really well and didn’t move around in the air as much as other match balls they used previously.
Ben Chrispin tries out Bingley FC's new ball.

Ben Chrispin tries out Bingley FC’s new ball.

The team have trained and played with various footballs over the past few seasons so it was great to upgrade and to use the Nike Ordem. 
Players commented that feel of the ball was superb and fairly lightweight compared to other balls, and the ability to get further distance with accuracy on their shots and passes added an extra confidence to their gameplay. 
Goalkeeper Scott Etherington noted that the feel of the ball in-hand was also impressive along with the balls markings, which made it easier to see. 
He felt that he was able to judge the flight better and he picked up the ball in his visions that split second quicker.
He also felt the ball gave more distance and accuracy to goal kicks. 
The Nike Ordem ball has certainly added a new dimension to the club’s dynamic, whether this is because of the ball alone or the psychological impact of having a £95 Premier League-class football remains to be seen, only more practice and matches with this ball will tell.
Watch a short video IMG_3414 of Bingley’s Ben Chrispin trying out the ball before a recent Wharfedale Triangle League Cup tie against Cookridge Hall, here IMG_3414.
Read Silsden’s verdict on their prize ball, here, and all about the ball and the competition sponsors, here.