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Today’s fixtures: Saturday, April 25

North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Winsford Utd v Silsden.
West Yorkshire League, 2.30pm
Alliance 1: Robin Hood Ath Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.
West Riding County Amateur League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Salts v Littletown, Steeton v Lower Hopton.
Division 1: Ventus/Yeadon Celtic v Steeton Res.
Division 2: Salts Res.
Craven League, 2pm
Premier Division: Skipton LMS v Crosshills.
Division 1: Pendle Renegades v Silsden White Star, Rolls Res v Bradley.
Division 2: Grassington Utd Res v FC Polonia, Grindleton Res v Broomhill, Salts III v Settle Utd Res.
Division 3: Crosshills Res v Barlick Wdrs (postponed), Ilkley Tn III v Bradley Res, Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Trawden Celtic Res, Sutton Res v Skipton Tn Res.
Halifax League, 2.15pm
Division 1: Greetland Res v Denholme Utd.
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res.
West Riding County FA, Minor Cup, 11am
Final: Keighley FA v Leeds (at Woodlesford).

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Moriarty treble brings county glory for Oxenhope

Champions! Oxenhope Rec, West Riding County FA Challenge Cup winners 2015. Picture: Alex Daniel

Champions! Oxenhope Rec, West Riding County FA Challenge Cup winners 2015.
Picture: Alex Daniel

Alex Daniel's pictures from Oxenhope's moment of history.

Alex Daniel’s pictures from Oxenhope’s moment of history.

Oxenhope Rec 6 Leeds City 3
A second-half hat-trick from Dan Moriarty helped Oxenhope bring the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup back to Keighley for the first time in 11 years.
The village team made a lightning start at Woodlesford to go three goals up against the cup favourites, who were chasing a league and cup quadruple.
Tom Marshall, Leon Smith and Sean Quinlan put Oxenhope on their way to glory and, although City chased the game, Rec put away their chances and were given a helping hand when a City defender was sent off midway through the second half.
Full report to follow.

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 06.35.277 mins: Oxenhope make a lightning start with two early goals. 2-0
15: And another makes it three. Tom Marshall, Leon Smith and Sean Quinlan on target so far. 3-0
18: The cup favourites pull a goal back. 3-1
Half-time: Oxenhope Rec 3 Leeds City 1
47: Another for Oxenhope as Dan Moriarty chips in with the fourth. 4-1
68: City down to 10 men and concede a penalty, converted by Moriarty. 5-1
75: City pull one back as the goals continue to flow. 5-2
76: Moriarty completes his hat-trick with a cracking shot from the edge of the box to restore the four-goal advantage. 6-2
89: Leeds City have the last word but cannot prevent a club record defeat. 6-3

West Riding County FA
Challenge Cup roll of honour:

1968: Keighley Central
2002: Silsden
2003: Silsden
2004: Silsden
2015: Oxenhope Rec
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Oxenhope on target for FA cups treble

Inter-club glory: Oxenhope Rec Reserves celebrate last night's Keighley FA Supplementary Cup win over their Third team. Picture: David S Brett.

Inter-club glory: Oxenhope Rec Reserves celebrate last night’s Keighley FA Supplementary Cup win over their Third team.
Picture: David S Brett.

Oxenhope Rec logoOne down, three to go…
Oxenhope Rec are in the midst of the biggest week in their 100-plus year history.
While last night’s Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final was a foregone conclusion with an Oxenhope win guaranteed (the Reserves beat the Third team 5-4 after extra-time), the next two matches are even bigger with the first team taking on Leeds City in the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup final this evening and then meeting local rivals Steeton in the Keighley FA Cup final on Monday.
Tonight’s clash at Woodlesford, 7.30pm, sees Oxenhope reach the pinnacle of the county game for the first time, eager to go one better than Steeton last season, when they were beaten by Field in the final.
The last Keighley winners of the competition were Silsden in 2004.
Read the Keighley News preview of tonight’s cup final, here.

Underdogs make “big brothers” work hard for cup success

Action from the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final between Oxenhope's second and third teams. Pictures: David S Brett.

Action from the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final between Oxenhope’s second and third teams.
Pictures: David S Brett.

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 13.00.22Oxenhope Rec Reserves 5
Oxenhope Rec Thirds 4
(aet, 90 mins 4-4)

Oxenhope’s second and third teams dished up a classic encounter in the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final at Silsden.
The Craven League Division Two underdogs took an early 2-0 lead against their West Yorkshire League Alliance One “big brothers” and then twice hit back from behind to force extra-time.
Even then, they hit a post before the senior side scrambled victory.
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Ingrow earn a top class triple

Ingrow & WVIngrow & Worth Valley 2
Grassington United 1

Ingrow completed a premier-class hat-trick to book a place in the semi-final of the Northern Plant Hire Trophy.
Having already seen off Craven League Premier Division sides Cononley Sports (4-0) and Grindleton (3-0), the Steampigs had to hit back from behind with a late, late show to add Grassington’s scalp to their belt.
And luck was with the underdogs, who had suggested reducing the match to 40 minutes each way to beat the gathering gloom due to a late kick-off.
But Grassington refused, to their cost, as they conceded twice in the last 10 minutes of the full-length 90-minute cup tie.
Cheered on by plenty of home support, Ingrow started nervously and did not settle until 20 minutes in when they started to control the game.
A mazy run from Ryan Stubbs looked to have been stopped with him upended in area but the referee waved away Ingrow’s appeals.
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Tonight’s results: Wednesday, April 22

West Yorkshire League
Premier Division: Brighouse OB v Oxenhope Rec (postponed).
West Riding County Amateur League
Division 1: Wibsey 0 Steeton Res 1.
Craven League
Premier Division: Embsay 1 Wilsden Ath 2.
Division 3: Bradley Res 1 Horton 2.
Northern Plant Hire Trophy, quarter-final: Ingrow & Worth Valley 2 Grassington Utd 1.
Halifax League
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res 3 St Columbas 0.
Northern u19 Alliance
West Division: Silsden 2 Thackley 4.

Today’s fixtures: Wednesday, April 22

West Yorkshire League
Premier Division: Brighouse OB v Oxenhope Rec (postponed).
West Riding County Amateur League, 6.15pm
Division 1: Wibsey v Steeton Res.
Craven League, 6.15pm
Premier Division: Embsay v Wilsden Ath.
Division 3: Bradley Res v Horton.
Northern Plant Hire Trophy, quarter-final: Ingrow & Worth Valley v Grassington Utd.
Halifax League, 6.15pm
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res v St Columbas.
Northern u19 Alliance, 7.45pm
West Division: Silsden v Thackley – free admission courtesy of Silsden AFC Supporters Club sponsorship.

Ryan’s late strikes sinks Saints

Tonight's teams

The line-ups

St Helens Town 1 Silsden 1
by Jim Rosser at Brocstedes Park
Football can be cruel at times, as St Helens found in their final match of the season against the Cobbydalers.
Saints needed to win to stay in the North West Counties League Premier Division and were leading by a single goal until the 90th minute when Silsden’s Kevin Ryan headed in an equaliser.
That cancelled out Aaron Morris’ first half opener and meant the hosts will be playing in Division One next season.
With the referee adding on five minutes, there was still time for the home side to snatch a winner. In the dying seconds, Morris had a golden chance but he put his header across the face of goal and beyond the far post.
So ended an unbroken spell in the top division of the league stretching back to its formation in 1982.
True, St Helens had had a disastrous run since November, losing 15 and drawing two, but they finally got a victory on Saturday, beating Maine Road 2-0 to set up this nail-biting finale.
The Cobbydalers themselves, who had lost their previous two games to two penalties, were without nine players who might have been selected and joint-manager Ryan Haigh started in a team lacking leading scorer Craig Nicholls, who was ill.
It wasn’t a classic by any means. The pitch was dry and hard and the bounce fooled even the most experienced players.
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The week ahead: April 20-26

Monday, April 20
West Yorkshire League, 6.15pm
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v Ilkley Tn Res.

Halifax League, 6.15pm
Division 1: Sowerby Bridge v Denholme Utd.

West Riding County FA u21 Floodlit League, 8pm
Central Division: Salts v Sports Recruiting USA (at Buttershaw College).

Tuesday, April 21
North West Counties League, 7.45pm
Premier Division: St Helens Tn v Silsden.

Craven League, 6.15pm
Premier Division: Cononley Sports v Settle Utd.

Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 6.15pm
Division 1: Salts III v Aire Valley.

Wednesday, April 22
West Yorkshire League, 6.15pm
Premier Division: Brighouse OB v Oxenhope Rec.

West Riding County Amateur League, 6.15pm
Division 1: Wibsey v Steeton Res.

Craven League, 6.15pm
Premier Division: Embsay v Wilsden Ath.
Division 3: Bradley Res v Horton.
Northern Plant Hire Trophy, quarter-final: Ingrow & Worth Valley v Grassington Utd.

Halifax League, 6.15pm
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res v St Columbas.

Northern u19 Alliance, 7.45pm
West Division: Silsden v Thackley

Thursday, April 23
Keighley FA Supplementary Cup, 7.30pm
Final: Oxenhope Rec Res v Oxenhope Rec III (at Silsden).

Craven League, 6.15pm
Division 1: Cononley Sports Res v Silsden White Star.
Division 3: Cowling Res v Skipton Tn Res.

Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 6.15pm
Premier Division: Ilkley Dyn v Bingley FC.
Division 1: Aire Valley v Otley Tav.

Friday, April 24
West Riding County FA Challenge Cup, 7.30pm
Final: Oxenhope Rec v Leeds City (at Woodlesford).

Halifax League, 6.15pm
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res v Shelf Utd Res.

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Today’s fixtures: Sunday, April 19

Bradford Sunday Alliance, 11am
Div 3A: Croft Rd v Salts.
Div 3B: Pudsey Ath v Salts Res.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 11am
Division 1: Armley Rgrs v Salts III, Milford v Aire Valley.
League Cup, semi-final: Shipley Tn v Keighley Tn.
West Riding County Women’s League, 2pm
Division 1: Silsden v Tingley Ath.

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Another spot of bother for Silsden

Action from Silsden's final home match of the season. Pictures: David S Brett.

Action from Silsden’s final home match of the season.
Pictures: David S Brett.

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 15.45.45Silsden 0
Bootle 1

by Jim Rosser at the Angel Telecom Stadium
For the second match in a row, a penalty was all that separated Silsden from collecting reward.
It also stretched the Cobbydalers’ winless run against the Merseysiders to 14 games.
The Cobbydalers were hoping to send their fans home with a victory on their final home North West Counties League game of the season but were undone 15 minutes from the end when Tom Peterson slid the ball home from the spot.
Tom Sowerbutts replaced Joe Jalil in the starting line-up and Connor Erangey came in for Matty Moore who has departed to coach in the USA.
This was the Cobbydalers’ sixth game in a fortnight and, following a hard fought game against champions Glossop North End on Wednesday, they started slowly.
Bootle dominated the first 15 minutes with James McGrane prominent on the right.
Their first chance came from a corner, which Sean Coulton headed wide, then Tom Peterson shot straight at Danny Thorpe.
Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 15.46.54Midfielder Kieran Halligan then drifted behind Erangey to cut the ball across the face of goal but Josh Hamilton’s shot was off target.
After 10 minutes, Coulton rose to hit a bullet of a header but Erangey headed off the goal-line.
Skipper Joe Mitchell finally broke the stranglehold, breaking to the edge of the Bucks’ penalty area but his effort was cleared by David Taylor.
A high ball from Josh Brown freed Aaron Hollindrake but the striker couldn’t get enough on the ball.
When Halligan found space behind Erangey again, he slid the ball across to Peterson who, with only Thorpe to beat, shot wide.
Sowerbutts then sent a super ball to Craig Nicholls but Dale Feather’s decoy run was too late.
Mitchell became increasingly instrumental in the Silsden attacks. First he curled in a free-kick, which Hollindrake headed wide, then he turned sharply to get in a snap shot, which Adam Fairchild gathered at the second attempt.
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Oxenhope enjoy final countdown

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec 5
Boroughbridge 1

Oxenhope had a perfect warm up for Friday’s West Riding County FA Challenge Cup Final with a confidence boosting West Yorkshire League victory over Boroughbridge.
The home side took the lead on the quarter hour when a good passing movement out of defence including Ollie Metcalfe, Lewis Hopkinson and Leon Smith allowed Dan Moriarty to slot the ball home at the far post.
Five minutes later the visitors levelled from a long throw-in down the left into the box. A Boro striker turned and squeezed the ball in at the near post.
Oxenhope regained the initiative and had Boroughbridge penned in their own half but brave goalkeeping and some wayward finishing kept the scores level until just before the break.
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