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Today’s fixtures: Saturday, November 29

North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Silsden v Maine Road.
West Yorkshire League, 2pm
League Cup: Field v Oxenhope Rec (1.30pm).
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v Hunslet Club Res.
West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
Premier Division: Steeton v Salts.
Division 1: Lepton Highlanders v Steeton Res.
Division 2: Salts Res v Golcar Utd Res.
Craven League, 2pm
Premier Division: Cowling v Grindleton.
Division 1: Cononley Sports Res v Chatburn.
Division 2: Skipton LMS Res v Sutton.
Division 3: Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Pendle Renegades Res, Skipton Tn Res v Cowling Res, Sutton Res v Addingham Res, Trawden Celtic Res v Crosshills Res.
Northern Plant Hire Trophy, 2nd rnd (1.30pm): AFC Colne v Silsden White Star, Bingley Tn v Manningham All Stars, Bradley v Wilsden Ath, Carleton v Broomhill, Crosshills v Ilkley Tn III, FC Polonia v Skipton Tn, FC Sporting Keighley v Barlick Wdrs, Ingrow & Worth Valley v Cononley Sports, Settle Utd v Oxenhope Rec III.
Halifax League, 1.45pm
Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup, 2nd rnd: Elland Allstars v Denholme Utd.
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res v West Central (postponed).

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Charity game is on

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 15.26.04This evening’s Macmillan Cancer Support charity fundraising match at the Angel Telecom Stadium is on.
Silsden officials have spent much of the day working on the pitch to ensure the game can be played.
The match kicks off at 7.30pm between Guiseley AFC Supporters’ Club and a Macmillan Cancer Support XI based in Saltaire.

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Silsden goalkeepers get to grips with prize ball

Wayne Mahomet gets down to business with Silsden's new ball.

Wayne Mahomet gets down to business with Silsden’s new ball.

Prize guy: Silsden goalkeeping coach Kev Knappy received his prize Nike Ordem 2 football from Keighley Kicks' Steve Penny. Picture: Courtesy David S Brett.

Prize guy: Silsden goalkeeping coach Kev Knappy received his prize Nike Ordem 2 football from Keighley Kicks’ Steve Penny.
Picture: Courtesy David S Brett.

Silsden’s goalkeepers have been enjoying trying out their prize ball after club coach Kev Knappy won a Nike Ordem 2 in a Keighley Kicks competition, courtesy of betfair.com.

Here is his verdict:

Tested:
During training session at UAK Keighley on 3G Astroturf, under floodlights.

Conditions:
Wet

Participants:
Danny Thorpe (First team goalkeeper)
Wayne Mahomet (Development team goalkeeper)
Phil Rishton (First team Goalkeeper)
Kev Knappy (Reviewer and goalkeeping coach)
Silsden goalkeepers are a pretty lucky bunch in as much as they usually train at some point with league match standard footballs, this is so they are able to develop their confidence in handling quality balls that they will be using on match days. So it was good to be able to test one of them against the Nike Ordem 2, which is used specifically as a training ball by Premier League clubs.
We used Nike ball along with our North West Counties Football League ball throughout our goalkeeper specific training session, which included handling techniques, ball-based drills and exercises etc. to test its comparative responsiveness.

Danny Thorpe gets to grips with the Nike Ordem 2.

Danny Thorpe gets to grips with the Nike Ordem 2.

Observations:
On initial inspection, when fully inflated to specification, although both balls are size 5 the Nike ball looks slightly larger in comparison to the NWCFL ball.
The Nike ball is impressively constructed and is visually outstanding compared to the ball that we usually use, with features like the Nike designed RaDar graphics with fluorescent yellow and pink paneling, even with a fluo pink trademark “Swoosh” logo, maximizing visibility for quicker and more accurate reactions. Under the floodlights the ‘keepers found that they could pick up the line and flight of the ball much more easily with the Nike ball than the NWCFL ball. It would also be good on duller days without the floodlights.

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Pearson under attack from radio pundit

Victimised? Matty Pearson is grabbed round the neck by Harry Beautyman in one of many tussles during Halifax's defeat at Welling. Adrian Durham cited this incident as evidence of Pearson's attacks on the player.

Victimised? Matty Pearson is grabbed round the neck by Harry Beautyman in one of many tussles during Halifax’s defeat at Welling. Adrian Durham cited this incident as evidence of Pearson’s attacks on the player.

Keighley’s Matty Pearson has been the victim of a tabloid attack following his sending off in Saturday’s Conference match for FC Halifax Town at Welling United.
The combative midfielder was dismissed after appearing to stamp on his England C international colleague Harry Beautyman and in his Daily Mail column, loudmouth Talksport pundit Adrian Durham is calling for Pearson to “face consequences”
But, some of the video evidence he puts forward, purporting to show Pearson’s “attacks” actually show him being fouled, with the assistant referee furiously flagging Beautyman’s shirt-grabbing and neck hold on the former Blackburn Rovers youngster.
Colleagues: Pearson and Beautyman are both in the England C squad.

Colleagues: Pearson and Beautyman are both in the England C squad.

The blood and thunder match went in Welling’s favour 2-1 but the edited highlights on the Mail website paint a picture of Halifax thuggery, according to Durham who said Beautyman was “sliced to pieces by brutal, Neanderthal players”.
“When you see the succession of vicious challenges aimed at Beautyman you wonder how he survived without breaking any limbs,” he added.
“In almost 40 years of watching football at all levels of the game I have never seen a player receive such horrendous treatment.
“Maybe I am naive, but I didn’t think this sort of nasty thuggery still happened on the pitch.”
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Metcalfe at the double

Silsden 2 Ossett Town 2
A double blast from Josh Metcalfe earned the young Cobbydalers a point in the Northern u19 Alliance this evening.
Silsden trailed 2-0 to their visitors at the Angel Telecom Stadium before Metcalfe struck twice to even things up. First he got on the end of Ryan Narey’s through ball and then finished off a cross from Dec Corby.

The week ahead: November 24-30

Monday, November 24
West Riding County FA u21 Floodlit League, 8pm
Central Division: Salts v Sports Recruiting USA (at Buttershaw College).
League Cup: Bingley Juniors v Sherburn White Rose (Sherburn walkover).

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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
West Riding County FA, Minor Cup
Group B: Bradford v Keighley FA (at Field, postponed, now December 3).

Saturday, November 29
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Silsden v Maine Road.

West Yorkshire League, 2pm
League Cup: Field v Oxenhope Rec (1.30pm).
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v Hunslet Club Res.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
Premier Division: Steeton v Salts.
Division 1: Lepton Highlanders v Steeton Res.
Division 2: Salts Res v Golcar Utd Res.

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Granger goes nap as Oaks hit 11

Five goals: Captain Rebecca Granger

Five goals: Captain Rebecca Granger

Hebden Royd United 2
Keighley Oaks 11

Oaks romped through to West Riding Women’s League Cup quarter-finals with a convincing win at Division One side Hebden Royd.
Player of the match Rebecca Granger weighed in with five of the goals and Kirsty Delaney grabbed a hat-trick. Rachael Holdsworth struck twice with Melissa Houldsworth also on target.
Oaks took the lead after 11 minutes when a well taken corner by captain Granger found the feet of winger Holdsworth whose first time shot was deflected into the net off a Hebden defender.
Minutes later Granger’s superb long range shot made it 2-0.
Hebden launched several attacks but were stopped in their tracks with some top quality defending by the back four of Jodie Elliott, Mollie McMahon, Amy Phelen and Lauren Murgatroyd.
Granger netted her second after 22 minutes with a 30-yard lob and completed her hat-trick minutes later with another superb shot.
Oaks were on fire with wingers Rachael Holdsworth and Leah Gilmore causing all sorts of trouble for the Hebden defence.
Houldsworth, known for her scoring abilities, was heavily marked but cleverly pulled defenders away to create space for her teammates.
With 29 minutes gone, a well placed ball over the top of the defence from Granger saw Delaney head the ball in to make it 5-0.
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Town slip to Shipley defeat

Shipley Town 3
Keighley Town 2

Town surrendered top place in the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League with a surprise defeat at mid-table Shipley.
Leon Smith and Michael Donohoe were on target for the visitors, who were overtaken at the top of the Premier Division table by Yeadon Veterans, who maintained their 100 per cent record with a 4-0 victory over Bingley FC.

Today’s results: Sunday, November 23

Bradford Sunday Alliance
Prem Div: Sandy Ln 2 Buttershaw Celtic 2.
Div 3B: Salts Res v Queensbury Rgrs (postponed)
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League
Premier Division: Cullingworth Yth 1 Park Row Panthers 3, Shipley Tn 3 Keighley Tn 2, Yeadon Veterans 4 Bingley FC 0.
Division 1: Aire Valley v Yeadon Ath (postponed), Menstone Ath 5 Keighley Alb 1, Salts III 2 Cookridge Hall 2.
West Riding County Women’s League,
League Cup, 2nd rnd: Brayton Belles L Silsden L, Hebden Royd Utd 2 Keighley Oaks 11.

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Today’s fixtures: Sunday, November 23

Bradford Sunday Alliance, 11am
Prem Div: Sandy Ln v Buttershaw Celtic.
Div 3B: Salts Res v Queensbury Rgrs.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 11am
Premier Division: Cullingworth Yth v Park Row Panthers, Shipley Tn v Keighley Tn, Yeadon Veterans v Bingley FC.
Division 1: Aire Valley v Yeadon Ath, Menstone Ath v Keighley Alb, Salts III v Cookridge Hall.
West Riding County Women’s League, 1.30pm
League Cup, 2nd rnd: Brayton Belles v Silsden, Hebden Royd Utd v Keighley Oaks (1pm).

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Cobbydalers back to winning ways

Zack Dale: Added third goal.

Zack Dale: Added third goal.

Stockport Sports 1
Silsden 3
by Jim Rosser at the Neil Rourke Memorial Stadium

Silsden returned to winning ways in the North West Counties League thanks to a three-goal second half blast on the artificial pitch at Woodley.
Ryan Humphreys put the Saxons ahead from the spot after 35 minutes but two goals in two minutes saw the Cobbydalers reverse things. Kev Ryan equalised after 57 minutes and then Chris Wademan netted his first league goal since his return from Tasmania.
Zack Dale made sure of the points after 76 minutes to confirm Silsden’s first league win for seven games.
Sports had gone on a run of seven defeats but gained a point in a 3-3 draw at Winsford in midweek. Following that game, the Saxons signed on another eight players, taking their tally for the season to well over the 100 mark.
The Cobbydalers might have been facing a new team. However most of the players signed-on had experienced football at a higher level.
Technically the Stockport players showed good touches and the Cobbydalers were pushed back in the opening minutes when the Yorkshire boys were indebted to excellent tackles by Danny Fagan on Dimitri Tuanzebi and Jay Mehmet, and Ryan on Sam Fitzgerald.
After 17 minutes, the Cobbydalers thought they had taken the lead when Tom Henderson won the ball on the right. He found Dale who dissected the defence to set up Josh McNulty at the far post to slide the ball home.
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Comeback saves Chevrons’ blushes

Spot on: Josh Ferguson struck a penalty in Steeton's recovery.

Spot on: Josh Ferguson struck a penalty in Steeton’s recovery.

DRAM Community 3
Steeton Reserves 3

A three-goal second-half comeback helped Steeton avoid another disaster against the West Riding County Amateur League Division One strugglers.
The hosts’ only points of the season had come with a 6-1 win at Summerhill Lane last month and they looked well on their way to a double when they led 3-0 at half-time this time.
But Steeton hit back with Greig Hudson, Andy Briggs and a penalty from Josh Ferguson earning a point.