Today’s fixtures: Saturday, October 25

North West Counties League, 3pm
Men United Cup, 2nd rnd: Silsden v Colne.
West Yorkshire League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Hunslet Club.
Alliance 1: Leeds City Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.
West Riding County Amateur League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Hunsworth v Salts, Littletown v Steeton.
Division 1: Steeton Res v DRAM Community.
Division 2 Cup: Gildersome Spurs OB v Salts Res.
Craven League, 2pm
Premier Division: Crosshills v Settle Utd.
Division 1: Gargrave v Ingrow & Worth Valley, Silsden White Star v Rolls Res, Skipton Tn v Bingley Tn.
Division 2: FC Sporting Keighley v Broomhill.
Division 3: Cowling Res v Pendle Renegades.
Divisional Cups, 1.30pm
Premier Division: Grindleton v Cononley Sports.
Division 1: Bradley v Cononley Sports Res.
Division 2: FC Polonia v Grindleton Res, Skipton LMS Res v Oxenhope Rec III.
Division 3: Barlick Wdrs v Crosshills Res, Ilkley Tn III v Bradley Res, Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Sutton Res (postponed).
Northern Plant Hire Trophy, 1.30pm: Earby Tn v Cowling, Embsay v Salts III, Sutton v Colne.
Halifax League, 2.15pm
Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup, 2nd rnd, 1.45pm: Elland Allstars v Denholme Utd (postponed).
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res v Salem Res.

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Cobbydalers’ rivals suffer own-ghoul attack

Busted: Bacup and Rossendale Borough blame bad spirits for recent defeats.

Busted: Bacup and Rossendale Borough blame bad spirits for recent defeats.

Bacup_Rossendale BoroughlogoSilsden may have had out of this world help in their early-season victory over Bacup and Rossendale Borough.
That is the bizarre claim being made by their Lancastrian near neighbours after revealing they will be changing their name after a series of ghostly occurrences at the West View Stadium stadium.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the spooked club’s bosses are returning the club to its former Bacup Borough name in an effort to ward off recent freak incidents.
Club PA Debra O’Connor said spiritualists Shadow Seekers tried to contact the spirits via some “ghouline” technology to ask whether discontent over a recent name change was the cause of the problem.
She told the MEN: “The investigators asked the spirit about the name change, to which the twin-pronged machine indicated that there were spirits not happy. Then all of a sudden, the machine flew off the physio bed and smashed on the floor.”
Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 11.15.17Club manager Brent Peters said players and staff became convinced the spirits were against them, even hampering the players’ ability to score.
He said: “The demons have been out there since we took the name of Rossendale. The lads are dominating matches and freak instances have occurred which has ultimately cost us games.
“We have had instances where a light bulb has shot out of its socket and narrowly missed a player as he was sitting on the toilet, our phone ringing a number in Ramsbottom in the early hours that has nothing to do with the club and the alarm system sounding when the mains say otherwise.
“The other week, one of the players went through on goal but as he was about to shoot he felt a weight holding back his kicking foot!
“Last week, I had a text from a player to say he was fine for Saturday’s game late on Friday evening, only to be taken to A&E the following morning.”
But reading the Bacup report on Silsden’s 2-1 win in August, perhaps there is more bitter in the air than spirits…
Read the full story on the MEN website, here.

Transatlantic college call for Keighley girls

A US College place is the prize for girls at the new academy.

A US College place is the prize for girls at the new academy.

A UK football first is coming to West Yorkshire thanks to the efforts of a former Keighley footballer.
Sports Recruiting USA, run by Oakworth Juniors and Oxenhope old boy Chris Cousins, is opening an academy purely for girls.
The agency helps place talented male and female footballers at US universities on “soccer” scholarships but is opening the first female-only full-time football and study academy, which specifically prepares girls for the US college soccer environment.
Opening in August 2015, based at and in conjunction with Leeds City College, the academy, which is a first in Europe, will help girls aged 16-19 be prepared, academically, physically and mentally for the US college game.
Cousins said: “The academy will give girls the opportunity to study full-time for their BTEC or A-Levels while training and playing every day, coached by UEFA licensed coaches.

States of opportunity: Former Oakworth Juniors and Oxenhope player Chris Cousins is offering the American dream.

“The team will be taking part in the British Colleges League and all games will be filmed and performance analysis will be given after each game to aid development.
The girls will be helped to study for their SAT exams (US College’s entrance exam) and will study US college games so they are prepared for American soccer.
US coaches will be invited to the academy to see the players and approach any they would like for their American university team. Cousins said: “With all games filmed and constant contact with coaches, these girls will have a platform and exposure to US coaches like no other footballing academy in Europe.
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Keighley FA cups next round draws

Keighley FA logoChallenge Cup
Silsden Dev XI v Oxenhope Rec, Silsden White Star v Cowling, Steeton v FC Sporting Keighley, Wilsden Athletic v Sutton.
Ties to be played Saturday, November 15.

Supplementary Cup
Oxenhope Rec Res v Ingrow & Worth Valley Res, Steeton Res v Oxenhope Rec III.
Ties to be played Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Sunday Cup
Keighley Athletic v Bingley FC, Keighley Town v Bradford Phoenix.
Ties to be played Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Liam Daly Trophy (u12s)
Quarter-finals: Bingley Barca v Keighley Shamrocks A, Keighley Shamrocks B v Sandy Lane, Silsden v Bingley Ajax, Sutton v Oakworth.

See the draw live on the Keighley FA Twitter feed, here.

Keighley FA cups draw tonight

The draw for the next round of the Keighley FA cups will take place live on Twitter this evening.
The Challenge, Supplementary and Sunday cup draws will appear from 7.30pm on the Keighley FA Twitter feed and on Keighley Kicks soon after.
Teams in the draw are:
Challenge Cup: Cowling, FC Sporting Keighley, Oxenhope Rec, Silsden Dev XI, Silsden White Star, Steeton, Sutton, Wilsden Athletic.
Supplementary Cup: Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves (tbc), Oxenhope Rec Reserves, Oxenhope Rec III, Steeton Reserves.
Sunday Cup: Bingley FC, Bradford Phoenix, Keighley Athletic, Keighley Town.

Tasmanian team seek Keighley-area women players

Riverside OlympiclogoTasmanian side Riverside Olympic are seeking female footballers looking to experience life on the other side of the world next season.
The Northern Women’s Premier League club are offering a working visa to anyone with the necessary experience and suitable qualifications.
Silsden’s Chris Wademan has just returned from a season with the Tasmanian club’s men’s team and said: “It’s been the best experience of my life.
“I’ve enjoyed every single part of it as everyone at the club made me feel so welcome.
“Tasmania is a great place, although the weather at times isn’t like the Australian mainland as it is similar to the UK. It’s just an awesome place.
“From day one everyone was absolutely awesome to me and I’ll remember this experience forever.”
The women’s season runs from April until September and anyone seeking more information should contact Kevin Cosslett via email.

Still time to save £10 on sports camp with Keighley Kicks

Sports Coaching logoLooking for ways to keep your youngsters occupied during the autumn half-term next week?
Keighley Kicks has linked up with Sports Coaching England to offer a £10 discount on their fun activity camp at Parkside School, Cullingworth, from October 27-31.
Instead of paying £65 for the full week, anyone mentioning Keighley Kicks when they book will get it for £55, with a 10 per cent discount for siblings.
For full details, see the offer in the Junior Football section of Keighley Kicks, here.

The week ahead: October 20-26

Monday, October 20
West Riding County FA u21 Floodlit League, 8pm
West Division: Bingley Juniors v Queensbury Rgrs (at UAK, Keighley).
Central Division: Salts v YAL (at St Mary’s, Menston, 8.15pm).

Northern u19 Alliance, 7.45pm
West Division: Silsden v Field.

Thursday, October 23
Lancashire League, 7.45pm
East Division: Silsden Dev v Harrogate Railway Ath.

Saturday, October 25
North West Counties League, 3pm
Men United Cup, 2nd rnd: Silsden v Colne.

West Yorkshire League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Hunslet Club.
Alliance 1: Leeds City Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Hunsworth v Salts, Littletown v Steeton.
Division 1: Steeton Res v DRAM Community.
Division 2 Cup: Gildersome Spurs OB v Salts Res.

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Seven-up as Oaks storm back to victory

Keighley Oaks logoKeighley Oaks 7
Leeds Medics and Dentists 3

Keighley Oaks completed an incredible turnaround to earn progress in the West Riding County FA Women’s Cup.
Trailling 3-0 at half-time, Oaks stormed back with the benefit of a strong wind to blow away the visitors with seven unanswered goals.
Keighley kicked off battling a strong oncoming wind, which was causing lots of problems for their back four.
Leeds had several chances in the early stages and could have gone ahead but for some top quality defending.
Striker Leah Gilmore gave Leeds a scare when her powerful shot was saved by the keeper.
But 30 minutes into the game Leeds finally broke through, scoring with a powerful shot into the roof of the net.
Eight minutes later Leeds went further ahead with another stunning shot hitting the top right of the net.
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Bingley go through with a bang

Bingley FCBingley FC 5
Keighley Albion 0

Bingley cruised through to the last four of the Keighley FA Sunday Cup with a comfortable victory over their Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League Division One opponents.
The Premier Division team proved too strong in the Marley derby and progressed after a tight first half.
A brave start from the visitors put Bingley on the back foot.
A number of openings were created in the opening stages but great defence from Dave Goodings, Chris Thompson, Carl Smith and Phil Starr kept the Albion attack at bay.
The visitors had a number of shots go over and wide and a shot destined for the bottom corner was safely diverted by the fingertips of a fully stretched Scott Etherington.
This onslaught encouraged Bingley to wake up and counter attacks by Colin Schofield and Dec Corby followed. Corby played a low shot towards goal, which deflected off Albion defender Jamie Moyles into the back of the net to put the home side in front just before half-time.
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Cullingworth give Phoenix a shock

Bradford Phoenix 4
Cullingworth Youth 3

Cullingworth gave their Bradford Sunday Alliance hosts a huge shock before narrowly missing out on a place in the Keighley FA Sunday Cup semi-finals.
The match appeared to be going with the form book at half-time with the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League side 4-1 adrift but they hit back after the break to close the gap but just could not find an equaliser.
Joshua Town, Jack Wayper and Joel Hardy were on target for the minnows.

Good news day for Athletic

Keighley AthleticKeighley Athletic 4
Aire Valley 0

The Athletes are through to the next round of the Keighley FA Sunday Cup but their biggest triumph came with news the club will be continuing.
After issuing a plea on Keighley Kicks earlier in the week to say this could be their final match, the response has been terrific and the club will continue with a number of new signings and the addition of Joe Brady to the management team..
Aire Valley logo 2To celebrate, goals from Ryan Stubbs 2, Paul Goodwin and Connor Madden earned them a comfortable victory against an understrength but committed opposition.
The Athletic front-line of Stubbs, Goodwin and Madden caused problems all morning for the Aire Valley defence and it was Madden who gave the home side the lead, tapping home after good work from Alex Familio.
Goodwin then ended his recent goal drought in emphatic style, smashing home an unstoppable drive from 20 yards.
In the second period it was Stubbs who stole the show; first with an excellently taken right foot finish and secondly with the goal of the game, an individual effort in which he danced through the visitors’ defence.
Several Athletic efforts hit the woodwork and some excellent saves from the Aire Valley goalkeeper kept the scoreline respectable.

Town make it end of Lane

Keighley Town 2
Sandy Lane 2

(aet, Keighley Town won 6-5 on pens)
Keighley Town beat Bradford Sunday Alliance big guns Sandy Lane thanks to a penalty shoot-out.
The teams were all square after 90 minutes and extra time failed to separate them.
Stu Cotterill and Marcus Davey scored for the visitors.

Today’s results: Sunday, October 19

Keighley FA Sunday Cup
1st rnd: Bingley FC 5 Keighley Albion 0, Bradford Phoenix 4 Cullingworth Youth 3, Keighley Athletic 4 Aire Valley 0, Keighley Town 2 Sandy Lane 2 (aet, Town won 6-5 on pens).
Bradford Sunday Alliance
Div 3A: Salts 15 AFC Titans 2.
West Riding County FA Women’s Cup
Brighouse Tn Dev w/o v Silsden, Keighley Oaks 7 Leeds Medics & Dentists 3.

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