Sunday league open to new teams

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 08.46.54The Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League is looking to expand.
The competition, which has been running since 1976, can accept up to 10 more teams.
Applications are invited from well-established or new clubs as the league looks to strengthen its membership.
The league currently has seven teams from the Keighley and Bingley area but many others have been members over the last 39 years.
For more information, contact the league’s general secretary Andrew Wear, 01274 580898 or 07853 853775 or email
There are also vacancies for more referees. Contact the league general secretary if you can help.

Last few places available for Gilmartin tournament

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 08.29.23 There are still a few team vacancies for the Noel Gilmartin Memorial Day five-a-side tournament at Marley on Saturday, June 6.
Prizes are coming in nicely for the raffle and auction at the Great Northern pub but more are welcome.
Entry is £60 per team with no limit on the number of players. Fees must be paid by Sunday, May 3.
To enter or offer prizes, email
All proceeds are for the British Heart Foundation.

Sponsorship is key to Wells’ dream US move

On the ball: Will Wells in action for Oxenhope Rec against Field in the West Yorkshiire League Cup recently. Will is hoping to test his skills on the playing fields of America later this year. Picture: Alex Daniel.

On the ball: Will Wells in action for Oxenhope Rec against Field in the West Yorkshiire League Cup recently. Will is hoping to test his skills on the playing fields of America later this year. Picture: Alex Daniel.

Captain's role: Will captained Guiseley in their FA Youth Cup clash with North Ferriby United.

Captain’s role: Will captained Guiseley in their FA Youth Cup clash with North Ferriby United.

An Oxenhope footballer is appealing for help in his bid to fulfil a dream career move to the United States.
Will Wells, 17, has five offers of places at colleges in America after impressing in trials with Sports Recruiting USA.
But the Guiseley Youth and Oxenhope Rec player has to raise £4,500 a year for the four years needed to study for a degree across the Atlantic and is appealing for sponsorship.
Wells said: “I signed up to Sports Recruiting USA last year and since then have taken a SAT exam in York and attended showcase events and collected video footage in order to put together a profile of me for the American coaches to look at.
“I would be hoping to head out to America in August but the only thing stopping me are these funds.”
Will won the West Riding County FA Youth Cup with Wharfedale FA last season.

Will won the West Riding County FA Youth Cup with Wharfedale FA last season.

Ohio Valley University, Middle State Georgia College, University of Mount Olive in North Carolina, University of Rio Grande in Ohio and Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia have all offered a place to the former Oxenhope Primary School and Oakbank High School pupil, who has also studied at Shipley College in Saltaire as part of his scholarship with Conference North side Guiseley.
“I previously played for Queensbury Celtic Juniors with a spell at Bradford City’s development centre and was with Oakworth Juniors for a year before moving to Guiseley.”
To offer any sponsorship or help with Will’s dream, he can be contacted on 07592 087543 or via email at

The week ahead: March 2-8

Wednesday, March 4
Northern u19 Alliance
West Division: Thackley v Silsden (postponed).

West Riding County FA, Minor Cup, 7.30pm
Group B: Bradford FA v Keighley FA (postponed, now March 18).

Saturday, March 7
West Yorkshire League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Beeston St Anthony’s.
League Trophy, quarter-final: Beeston St Anthony’s Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Ovenden WR v Salts, Steeton v Golcar Utd.
Division 1: Wakefield City v Steeton Res.
Division 2: Salts Res v Bradford.

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Captain Brewer tees up cup semi-final place

Silsden LadiesSilsden 2 Keighley Oaks 1
(after extra time)
Cup derby glory went to underdogs Silsden in the quarter-finals of the West Riding County Women’s League Cup.
The Cobbydalers came out on top of an enthralling, hard fought and highly entertaining encounter, ensuring a memorable victory with an extra time winner.
With captain Victoria Ellis ruled out due to an ankle injury and Kate Perfect required in goal, Silsden took their time to find their feet.
Keighley had the majority of possession and got a couple of early sights on goal.
Perfect, however, got behind everything that came her way and the closest Keighley came was a shot that was tipped on to the bar.
Keighley Oaks logoThis forced Silsden to wake up and apply some pressure of their own.
Some good build-up play led to a corner. Harriet Brewer delivered to the front post where Laura Ackroyd pounced to put Silsden 1-0 up.
The game continued to ebb and flow and Keighley were soon level when a well-worked move down their right wing resulted in a cross and finish.
Just before half-time, Silsden should have been in front again when Christina Aston was played through. She took on a defender before playing through to Stacey Wood, who smashed the ball home. Celebrations were cut short, however, with the referee ruling Wood offside.
Into the second half and both teams continued at a high tempo and the Silsden defence stood up well to a number of attacks. Centre backs Rebecca Brown and Katie Fawcett displayed a rock solid partnership, putting in a number of tackles and interceptions.
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Athletes blown off course

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Keighley Athletic 2

A last-minute goal stopped the Athletes climbing into fourth-place in the Premier Division of the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League.
Aaron Davis struck twice for the visitors in a wind-affected game but they were unable to hang on for all the points as they chalked up their second consecutive 2-2 draw.

Today’s results: Sunday, March 1

Bradford Sunday Alliance
Prem Div: Thornton Utd 0 Sandy Ln 0.
Div 3B: Salts Res 11 Eccleshill Punjab B 0.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League
Premier Division: Bingley FC 4 Ilkley Dynamo 1, Cullingworth Yth 4 Horsforth St Marg’s 3, Shipley Tn 2 Keighley Ath 2, Yeadon Vets 2 Keighley Tn 2.
Division 1: Aire Valley 2 Yeadon Ath 5, Keighley Alb v Shipley Tn Res away walkover, Milford 0 Salts III 3.
West Riding County Women’s League
League Cup, quarter-final: Silsden 2 Keighley Oaks 1 (aet).

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Today’s fixtures: Sunday, March 1

Bradford Sunday Alliance, 11am
Prem Div: Thornton Utd v Sandy Ln.
Div 3B: Salts Res v Eccleshill Punjab B.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 11am
Premier Division: Bingley FC v Ilkley Dynamo, Cullingworth Yth v Horsforth St Marg’s, Shipley Tn v Keighley Ath, Yeadon Vets v Keighley Tn.
Division 1: Aire Valley v Yeadon Ath, Keighley Alb v Shipley Tn Res, Milford v Salts III.
West Riding County Women’s League, 1pm
League Cup, quarter-final: Silsden v Keighley Oaks.

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Nine-man Oxenhope dig in for a point

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec 2
Knaresborough Town 2

A battling performance by the nine men of Oxenhope saw them come back to salvage a deserved share of the points in a thrilling West Yorkshire League Premier Division game that had everything.
On a cold afternoon, a good-sized crowd were rewarded with an end to end match, with some good football played on a heavy, tacky pitch.
Knaresborough were quickest out of the blocks and their pacy and lively football had Oxenhope on the back foot with goalkeeper Sam Lee making a fine save and skipper Scott Nelson clearing off the line.
The home side gradually came into the game, Josh Kaine bringing a good save out of the keeper and Craig Morris heading over.
At the other end, stand-in defender Ollie Metcalfe made a superb block when one on one, so at half time it was honours even.
After 50 minutes the deadlock was broken when a shot from the edge of the box hit Will Wells’ hand and the referee pointed to the penalty spot and the kick was converted.
Their lead was short lived. Kaine broke down the right, his cross found Dan Moriarty, he laid the ball into the path of Morris and he hit a scorching shot, which the keeper touched over. It was from Moriarty’s resulting corner that Liam McNicol powerfully headed home at the near post.
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Great Scott puts Rec on top

Oxenhope Rec logoBrighouse OB Reserves 1
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 3

Oxenhope’s second string went back to the top of the West Yorkshire League Alliance Division One table.
But they had to come from behind to secure another three valuable points.
The result was all the more surprising in that the team had six regulars absent from their previous line-up.
The home side started the brighter as Oxenhope struggled to find their feet on an extremely wet and slippery pitch.
Brighouse took the lead when their wide player got in behind the Oxenhope defence and squared the ball for an easy tap in.
Another attack saw defender Ben Manning clear at the far post as Brighouse’s long ball tactics created problems.
Manager Steve Davies changed to a 4-4-2 formation, which made an instant impact and just before the break Grez Robinson waltzed his way past two defenders, played the ball out to Tom Thompson and his cross was volleyed home by the on-rushing James Bailey.
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Chevrons dominate for solid success

On target: Graham Holmes marked his return to action with a goal.

On target: Graham Holmes marked his return to action with a goal.

Steeton logoHalifax Irish 1
Steeton 4

Steeton got back to winning ways with a solid West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division win at Halifax Irish.
A brace from Lee Reilly added to earlier goals from Mark McGee and Graham Holmes ensured Steeton bounced back to winning ways following a much better performance than last week’s showing at Huddersfield YMCA.
With Graham Holmes returning to the starting line-up, Steeton had a bit more presence up front than they have had in previous weeks.
Ryan Cox and new signing Tobias Rawcliffe both started on the bench.
Steeton had a great chance straight from the kick-off as hesitancy in the home defence allowed Holmes in but his shot was blocked by the keeper’s legs.
Chances kept falling to Steeton and Lee Reilly was narrowly wide and Andy Holden screwed over from Mark McGee’s pull back.
Steeton did get the reward their play deserved when a quick free-kick found McGee, who finished well into the bottom corner.
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Salts hit back to make a game of it

Salts logoOvenden WR Res 5
Salts Reserves 2

Salts struck twice in a second-half fightback but it was not enough to avoid defeat at West Riding County Amateur Division Two title-chasing Ovenden.
The hosts led 2-0 at half-time but goals from Adam Hussain and Andrew Sadowskyj gave the visitors some hope, despite conceding three more times.
Bottom-placed Salts remain five points adrift of Tyersal Reserves, who crashed to an incredible 27-0 defeat at leaders Gildersome Spurs, with two games in hand. Ben Keedy scored 10 of those goals, with Mike Hall 6, Jonny Blatchford and Aidan McCormack also hitting hat-tricks.
Salts first team dropped a place in the Premier Division table after being held to a 0-0 draw by Hunsworth.

Steeton step up the pace

Steeton Reserves 4
Bradford Horton Sports 0

Steeton flew out of the traps to climb two places off the foot of the West Riding County Amateur League Division One table.
Andy Briggs 2, Ben Sutcliffe and Greig Hudsonall scored in the first half to have the points wrapped up before the break.

Depleted Sporting push Rolls hard

FC Sporting Keighley logoFC Sporting Keighley 0
Rolls 3

FC Sporting were again depleted with four regulars missing but were still good enough to make Craven League Premier Division title chasers Rolls work hard for progress in the Northern Plant Hire Trophy.
Aatir Zuber Shehzad was man of the match but, with the league’s top scorer Aaran Abbas absent, Sporting were not able to find the target.
Rolls took the lead in the first five minutes from a corner, which the hosts failed to clear and the ball was tapped in from six yards.
Sporting then matched Rolls up to the 70th minute when the visitors’ superior fitness and discipline told and they scored two more goals.
The hosts had to play the last 10 minutes with only 10 men due to a shortage of substitutes and will be hoping to be back to full strength for the return to league action next week.

Crosshills pay heavy penalty

Crosshills logoCrosshills 1
Embsay 2
(at Embsay)

Crosshills conceded ground advantage and ultimately their place in the Craven League Premier Division Cup.
Two penalties from David Greenwood sent Hills spinning out of the competition, despite a goal from Ben Dewhurst and a man of the match display from Andrew North.