Tonight’s results: Wednesday, April 23

West Yorkshire League
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec 2 Brighouse OB 1.
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v Old Headingley Res (re-arranged, now May 19).
West Riding County Amateur League
Premier Division: Steeton 3 Campion 3.
Craven League
Division 2: Ingrow & Worth Valley 3 Bradley 2.
Halifax League
Division 2: King Cross Warley Res 2 Denholme Utd Res 3.
West Riding County Women’s League
Premier Division: Silsden 1 Harrogate Railway 1.

Denholme turn season round in style

Heads up: Lea Kelley heads in his first goal at King Cross. Pictures: Courtesy Denholme United Facebook gallery

Heads up: Lea Kelley heads in his first goal at King Cross.
Pictures: Courtesy Denholme United Facebook gallery

Screen shot 2014-04-24 at 21.15.23King Cross Warley 2
Denholme United Reserves 3

Just one match after securing their Halifax League Division Two status, Denholme have soared up the table into fourth place as they stretched their unbeaten run to six games.
After looking doomed a month ago when they were 11 points adrift of safety, United are now in the top half of the table after completing their fixtures in style.
Lea Kelley struck twice and Stevie George once as they completed a swift double over King Cross to move ahead of them in the table, albeit from two games more.
After winning just one of their first 11 matches, scoring only 22 times, United have won five and drawn two of their last seven, rattling in 30 goals in the process.
Back from the dead: Denholme United Reserves completed a remarkable recovery in the last month of the season.

Back from the dead: Denholme United Reserves completed a remarkable recovery in the last month of the season.

Witch’s trick secures promotion for Poles

Polonia flagSutton Reserves 2
Polonia Patson 4

Polonia Patson are celebrating promotion after four second-half goals put them clear of the cashing pack in Division Four of the Craven League.
Sutton led at the break 1-0 but a hat-trick from Pizemyslaw Witch and a last 10-minute strike from Jardstaw Maziarz earned the Marley-based team the three points they needed to ensure runners-up position behind Manningham All Stars.
Sutton new logoPolonia’s man of the match was Michat Skowron with Joel Arbabha taking the Sutton honour.

Champion show from Cullingworth

Cullingworth Youth logoSalts 2nds 1
Cullingworth Youth 3

Youth bounced back in style to celebrate being crowned Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League Division One champions and end a two-match losing run.
A commanding display followed Sunday’s results going in their favour to make them uncatchable and, with the pressure off, the football flowed this evening.
Harry Holmes opened the scoring, lobbing the keeper on the volley, and Jack Wayper gave the visitors a 2-0 lead, finishing emphatically from outside the area.
Salts looked stronger after the break and an opportunist strike reduced the deficit.
However, Cullingworth once again took control as Sam Fox completed the scoring with a powerful left footed shot.
Joe Flaherty’s influential performance in midfield saw him named man of the match.

Derby delight for Silsden

Pictures: David S Brett.

Pictures: David S Brett.

Barlick 2Silsden 3
Barnoldswick Town 1
by Jim Rosser

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The Cobbydalers entertained their West Riding neighbours Barnoldswick in the Easter Monday derby, hoping to move above their local rivals.
Although Barlick had only won two of their last 14 matches, form often goes out of the window in these encounters.
Silsden had only won one of the previous seven derby games but with several ex-Cobbydalers in the Barlick squad, it was always going to be a competitive game.
A lack of financial and voluntary support hit Barlick a few months ago but, with the help of an 18-year-old keeper going round the town seeking help, the ship has been steadied.
Despite this, playing resources are thin and manager Stewart Airdrie found himself playing in goal.
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Silsden make it an Antipodean hat-trick

Great to be here: Mathew Everard, right, with Joe Gaughan in New Zealand.

Great to be here: Mathew Everard, right, with Joe Gaughan in New Zealand.

A third former Silsden player is aiming to make it big Down Under.
Goalkeeper Mathew Everard has followed in the steps of Joe Gaughan and Chris Wademan by signing for an Antipodean club and marked his debut with a man of the match display for Stop Out Sports Club in Auckland.
He helped his team to a 1-0 win over Island Bay on Saturday. Gaughan was top scorer last season for the New Zealand club with 27 goals but has been sidelined in recent weeks through injury.
Wademan, meanwhile, is playing for Riverside Olympic in Tasmania but his team were without a game this weekend.
Screen shot 2014-04-21 at 11.20.34Twenty-eight-year-old Everard’s football education started under Dave Wiseman and Howard Wellwood at Keighley Shamrocks and he also played for Oakworth Juniors under Gary Millward, Richard Hewitt and Ian Woodward.
After a short spell with the Cobbydalers, he joined Northern Counties East League side Thackley and also played for Oakworth Juniors’ Bradford Sunday Alliance side before trying his luck on the other side of the world.

The week ahead: April 21-27

Monday, April 21
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Silsden v Barnoldswick Town.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Steeton v Golcar Utd.

Tuesday, April 22
North West Counties League, 8pm
Reserve Division: Silsden v Glossop NE.

Craven League, 6.15pm
Division 4: Polonia Patson v Sutton Res.

Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 6.30pm
Division 1: Crown Yeadon v Keighley Alb, Salts II v Cullingworth Yth.

Wednesday, April 23
West Yorkshire League, 6.15pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Brighouse OB.
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v Old Headingley Res.

West Riding County Amateur League, 6pm
Premier Division: Steeton v Campion.

Craven League, 6.15pm
Division 2: Ingrow & Worth Valley v Bradley.

Halifax League, 6.15pm
Division 1: King Cross Warley Res v Denholme Utd

West Riding County Women’s League, 6pm
Premier Division: Silsden v Harrogate Railway.

Thursday, April 24
North West Counties League, 7.45pm
Reserve Division: Silsden v AFC Darwen.

Craven League, 6.15pm
Division 4: Addingham Res v Bradley Res.

Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 6.30pm
Premier Division: Keighley Tn v Menston Tn.

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Today’s results: Saturday, April 19

North West Counties League
Premier Division: Congleton Town 2 Silsden 1.
Reserve Division: Silsden 1 New Mills 2.
West Yorkshire League
Premier Division: Boroughbridge v Oxenhope Rec (postponed).
West Riding County Amateur League
Premier Division: Hall Green Utd 2 Steeton 1.
Division 1: Storthes Hall Res 5 Steeton Res 0.
Craven League
Premier Division: Crosshills 2 Skipton LMS 5.
Division 1: Earby Tn 5 Silsden White Star 0.
Division 2: Ingrow & Worth Valley 0 Earby Tn Res 6, Skipton LMS Res 1 Bradley 1.
Division 3: Oxenhope Rec III 3 Settle Utd Res 0.
Division 4: Addingham Res v Bradley Res (re-arranged, now April 24), Pendle Renegades 3 Ingrow & Worth Valley Res 3.
Halifax League
Division 1: Ryburn Utd Res 2 Denholme Utd 3 (match abandoned, 55 minutes, due to injury).
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res 5 King Cross Warley Res 1.

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Late goals kill Cobbydalers’ hopes

SilsdenCongleton Town 2
Silsden 1
by Jim Rosser

Andy Geary left Booth Street with a forlorn look on his face as the Cobbydalers slumped to another narrow defeat, after conceding two goals in the final 20 minutes.
Geary could do little about the defeat and the team selected kept their shape and worked hard to close down their opponents. They just ran out of steam in the final quarter having worked so hard for so long.
Without several first team regulars and the late withdrawal of Dale Feather with sickness, resources were stretched to the limit.
Geary was only left with 11 fit players. Despite this the Cobbydalers had several opportunities to kill off the game early in the second half but they failed to build on Hill’s fantastic opener.
Like the Cobbydalers, The Bears had been playing two games a week for the last month, their last one being on Thursday. However they did have a full squad to select from and Jim Vince was able to freshen up his team with three fit substitutes.
Despite losing the match, Geary had two massive plusses from the game. Declan Consoli, brought in at right back, and Ben Geary, in the heart of the defence, both had excellent games in a fixture when the average age of the team was less than 20 years. Consoli was injured with 15 minutes to go in what was the only controversial incident in the half.
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Oxenhope stand firm against aerial bombardment

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec 1
Otley Town 1

A game of two halves and contrasting styles saw the West Yorkshire League points shared.
Oxenhope had the better of the first period, playing some neat, crisp football against a big and physical Otley side who needed a point to make their stay safe in the Premier Division for another season.
The home side took the lead midway through the first half when a corner from the right by Ollie Metcalfe was floated into the danger area. Defender Jason Walton headed it towards the goal and Dan Moriarty got the better of the keeper to nod it over the line.
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Young guns shine as Rec go up

Going up! Oxenhope Rec 3rds line up ahead of their promotion-clinching victory.

Going up! Oxenhope Rec 3rds line up ahead of their promotion-clinching victory.

Oxenhope Rec III 3 Settle United Res 0
Oxenhope completed their task with ease on a lovely sunny afternoon on the Slope.
Backed by a bumper crowd, Lee Collins’ young guns secured promotion from Division Three of the Craven League, which looked very unlikely back in November.
The move upstairs by Tony Trowers to director of football enabled a younger more forward thinking coach to come forward and Collins was that man.
The team, a mixture of 16-21 year olds with the odd old head, have performed marvellously on 10-match winning run, which saw them rise from just outside the drop zone to finish runners-up.
Rec lost leading goal scorer Tony Cooper to injury after only 10 minutes but goals from Will Wells (a towering header), Connor Madden (a classy finish) and Andy Fox (a curling strike from long range) were more than enough to see off a spirited Settle team.
Man of the match was Graham Robinson.
The lads epitomised their season’s efforts with this performance and with a new influx of talented youngsters on the horizon, coupled with the current crop of players, the future looks bright for the villagers.

Denholme secure safety

Screen shot 2014-04-22 at 19.43.21Screen shot 2014-04-22 at 19.42.57Denholme United Reserves 5
King Cross Warley Res 1

A hat-trick from Guy Flanagan helped Denholme confirm their Halifax League Division Two survival in style as they made it five games without defeat.
Screen shot 2014-04-22 at 19.42.33Lea Kelley and Jack Harrison were also on target as the hosts passed their target to secure another season at the higher level after winning Division Three last season.
Action pictures courtesy of Denholme United’s Facebook gallery.

Wright injury brings premature end

Denholme United logoRyburn United Reserves 2
Denholme United 3
(match abandoned)

Denholme’s Halifax League Division One came to an abrupt end after Peter Wright suffered a broken leg.
Denholme were leading after 55 minutes when Wright suffered the injury in an accidental clash.
United had been 2-0 up after 20 minutes through Michael Midgley and Danny Moraleee’s penalty.
The hosts pulled back to 2-2 but, soon after Midgley’s netted his second, the match was abandoned.