Polonia 3 Broomhill 4

Broomhill striker Andy Tanner scored all four goals to earn the victory against 10 man Polonia in the Badgers opening game of the new season.

Playing an unfamiliar formation, the Badgers were instructed by stand in manager Ghufran Bashir to start quick and press the opposition from the first whistle.

This paid dividends as Broomhill were 1-0 up within a minute of the game. Centre back David Rhodes slid a ball through to Tanner who beat the offside trap and slotted home into the bottom corner.

After taking this lead, the Badgers slowed the pace and allowed Polonia to control the tempo for the next fifteen minutes. Playing on a wet greasy surface, the home side were passing the ball with real pace and eventually played a ball through the three man Broomhill defence. Keeper Jake Yaxley committed himself to the ball but clipped the onrushing winger, conceding the penalty which the Polonia striker fired home.

This was to be Polonia’s only shot on goal in the first half while Broomhill continued to press for another goal. Further chances fell to Tanner who made the keeper work on several occasions and midfielder Aaron Whitaker who also had a chance to give the whites the lead again after great skill taking two players out of the game with a chip over both and subsequent volley.

The Broomhill back three of Rhodes, Chris Holroyd and Matty Wilson were untroubled and were getting plenty of time on the ball. One such time, Holroyd played a ball into man of the match Jake Ward’s feet on the half way line. Ward flicked the ball through with a first time back heel to Tanner who beat the offside trap and passed the ball in for his second of the game.

The Badgers settled after this and the midfield three of Whitaker, Mark Hardman and Patrick King were now able to have more of an impact on the game. A long ball from defence was dummied by Tanner and King – impressive throughout in a more advanced central role – ran onto the through ball, being pulled back in the area and winning a penalty.

Tanner stepped up to score his first hat trick of the season within half an hour.

The second half was a similar scenario for the first fifteen minutes as Tanner bagged his fourth on the hour mark. A cross by Rhodes skidded off the surface and found the striker at the back post to head into the far corner.

Things then turned from bad to worse for Polonia as they had a man sent off for a foul on Ward, who was clear through on goal.

This should’ve been game over but Polonia rallied for the next twenty minutes and brought the score to 4-3 within minutes – first through another penalty conceded by Hardman for a dubious handball and secondly a scuffed shot which rebounded off the post to be tapped home by an unmarked player.

Broomhill upped the tempo again and could’ve had more goals to seal the victory through substitute Joe Slater and another clear Whitaker chance but it wasn’t to be.

This was a difficult game in difficult conditions which the Badgers came through with all the points, setting the benchmark for the season – albeit with a few areas of improvement identified by managers Stewart Kinnear and Bashir.



Craven & District League Division One Up And Running

Some very tight fought matches in the first week of the Craven & District League Division One campaign.

AFC Colne entertained Chatburn F.C. in a 1 – 1 encounter. Whilst Bradley F.C. were defeated by 3 – 2 at home to Bingley Town F.C.

Pendle Renegades F.C. managed to beat Rolls F.C. Res by 2 – 1. And the big scoreline came in Cowling F.C. Vs F.C. Sporting Keighley. With Cowling F.C. coming out 6 – 1 winners.

Including this goal from Kieran Duxbury

Craven & District League Kicks Off

The Craven & District League Premier Division kicked off this seasons campaign on Monday evening with some very interesting results. More noticeable, Cross Hills F.C. 7 – 1 defeat at the hands of Skipton LMS F.C.

Cross Hills manager, Stephen Newton said on the Keighley Kicks Facebook page

‘Think last night was one of my lowest points in all the years I have been involved with football but now is not the time to play the blame game,we all have to be strong and united and work through this and dare! I say it show some passion’

Other results from Monday night

Cononley Sports F.C. 0 – 1 Gargrave F.C.

Cross Hills F.C. 1 – 7 Skipton LMS F.C.

Rolls F.C. 3 – 2 (HT 1-1) Grindleton F.C.

Settle Utd F.C. 1 – 2 (HT 1-1) Grassington Utd F.C.

Trawden Celtic F.C. 3 – 1 Earby Town F.C.

Wilsden Athletic F.C. 3 – 1 (HT 3-0) Silsden Whitestar F.C.

Craven League Fixtures Announced

The fixtures for the 2015/16 season in the Craven & District League have just been announced.

Opening games of the season see Cross Hills F.C. travel to Settle Utd F.C.  in the Premier Division.

Silsden Whitestar F.C. face Gargrave F.C.

And in Division One.  Cowling F.C. take the trip to F.C. Sporting Keighley. Whilst Bradley F.C. entertain Chatburn F.C.

All of the seasons fixtures in the Craven & District League can be found by clicking on the link below

Craven & District League Fixtures



Respect In Football Is Everything

A lot of our local teams kick off the new 2015/16 season in just over three weeks time.

And even though football is very much a results games. Playing the game with respect for your opponent is also a major factor when playing the wonderful game.

Here is a brilliant example of respect through football

Contacting Keighley Kicks

With the new season less than a month away. We are gearing up to bring you the very best in local football action here at Keighley Kicks. Reports, interviews, photos, podcasts. And also a weekly football show on Drystone Radio.

And keeping the people in the know about the local football scene is our primary role here at Keighley Kicks.

That’s why I ask any managers, secretary’s, club officials to keep me posted on the latest news coming out of your clubs.

You can contact me via email Our by phone 07955033170

Thank You

Steve Brown

Steeton AFC Kick Off Pre Season With A Win

Steeton AFC kicked off their pre season campaign with a 5-3 win over RIASA goals from Nicky McNally 2, Andy King , Mark McGee and Jack Richmond.

Steeton: Devlin, Rhodes, McNulty, Nettleton, Rooke, Richmond, Holden, Hird, King, McNally, McGee Subs: Lee, Matthews, Sutcliffe, Jalil, Morgan, Morrall

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Roy Masons, Steeton AFC have friendlies to play on

Saturday 25th July – Ilkley Town – Away
Saturday 1st August – Leeds City – Home
Saturday 8th August – Rimmington – Away
Wednesday 12th August – Settle Away

Steeton AFC Gear Up For The New Season

Roy Masons, Steeton AFC team start their pre season games with a friendly against RIASA tomorrow at Summerhill Lane.

The game kicks off at 2pm.

Steeton will be fielding a couple of the new U18 players that have impressed so far in pre season.

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Steeton AFC being put through their paces ahead of the new season in the West Riding League





RIASA have links with Bradford City and were instrumental in bringing Nakhi Wells to the club. The acadamy is headed up by former Bradford City winger, Mark Ellis.


Alive & Kicking


Keighley Kicks is certainly alive and kicking. And with the new football season just around the corner. We will endeavour to bring you the very best in local footballing action.

And with the recent announcement that Keighley Kicks is to have its own weekly football show on Drystone Radio. This will mean that we can bring you even closer to the action. Interviews with managers, players, supporters. And even officials. This means that Keighley Kicks will become a multi media platform for local grassroots football in Keighley and the surrounding areas.






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.

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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.

Text your scorers to 0777 1461360 and send reports by email to

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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