Oaks and Silsden await new opponents

WRC Women's LeagueThe wait goes on for team allocation for the new season of the West Riding County Women’s League.
The league are due to hold their allocation meeting next month, when teams will have their divisions confirmed. The format currently showing on the league’s website is still to take account of the new placements but Keighley Oaks and Silsden Ladies should remain in the Premier Division.
Farsley will be promoted to the North East Regional League with Handsworth Ladies relegated from there, but to a South Yorkshire feeder league.
Ossett Town finished bottom of the table and are due to be relegated with possibly two teams coming up from Division One to even out what was a nine-team division last season.
Wortley and Hemsworth finished in the top two positions of the lower level.

Silsden opener called off

This evening’s pre-season opener for Silsden’s new development team at Burnley Belvedere was called off.
Their first game will now be at Craven League Rolls on Saturday, before home matches against Thackley (July 31) and Oxenhope (August 6).
Silsden u19s play their first friendly of the new campaign on Monday when they take on Knaresborough Town at the Angel Telecom Stadium, 7.15pm.
See the latest list of pre-season fixtures for Keighley area clubs, here.

Home start for Sandy Lane

Football in netSandy Lane will kick-off their Bradford Sunday Alliance League season at home to Bradford Moor on August 17.
They then travel to Dudley Hill Rangers a week later before welcoming George Hotel to Marley for a midweek date on August 28.
See all their August and September fixtures, here.
In Division One, Bradford Phoenix travel to Oakenshaw on opening day before making their Marley bow against White Eagles on August 24.
See their opening fixtures, here.

Review 2013/14: Bingley Town

Bingley Town logoBingley Town are aiming to build on their unexpected promotion when the new Craven League season kicks-off next month.
Town finished outside the promotion places in Division Two but were elevated thanks to the summer reorganisation of the competition.
The club have also set up a new u21 team and training for both sides is taking place on Wednesdays on the grass at Marley,6.50-8.30pm. Training will move to the astroturf at Beckfoot on Thursday, 7.30-9pm, from September.
All new players are welcome.
The club are also seeking an assistant manager for the open age and a manager and coaches for the u21s.
Contact club chairman if you are interested or for more details – 07971 040475 – or email

Chairman: Andy Ryan

Chairman: Andy Ryan

Meanwhile, chairman Ryan looks back on last season’s Division Two season.
The season started out with optimism and a realistic target of finishing in the top two and ideally pushing for the title.
The squad was far more settled and the performances from the back end of the previous season gave cause and hope for the belief of a successful season.
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The week ahead: July 21-27


Tuesday 22: Burnley Belvedere v Silsden Dev (7pm).

Wednesday 23: Lower Hopton v Oxenhope Rec (6.30pm).

Thursday 24: Silsden v Field (7.45pm).

Saturday 26: Barnoldswick Town Res v Oxenhope Rec XI, Broomhill v Chatburn (2pm), Oxenhope III v Ingrow & Worth Valley Res (2pm), Rolls v Silsden Dev (2pm), Thackley v Steeton.

Hill too tough for Steeton to climb

Opening goal: Matty Kershaw gave Steeton an early lead

Opening goal: Matty Kershaw gave Steeton an early lead

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A makeshift Steeton team crashed to a heavy defeat in their opening pre-season match of the season at their North West Counties League hosts.
With no recognised goalkeeper and a mixture of first team, reserves and trialists, the Chevrons were always up against it.
But Roy Mason’s team made a solid start and went ahead through Matty Kershaw before the Bolton team’s superior fitness took over.
Two penalties put Steeton up against it and, after Mason made five changes at half-time, the visitors lost some shape too.
Tough opener: Chevrons manager Roy Mason

Tough opener: Chevrons manager Roy Mason

Even so, there were plenty of positives to come out of the match and Mason said: “Only Mark McGee played the full 90 minutes. Rob Matthews and Danny Driver both did well on their debuts but they both came in without having trained at all and it was the first time they’d met the players.
“Nicky McNally looked lively in the second period – we had no recognised striker and had to play Matty Kershaw up front in a makeshift role.”

Whitfield on target in first XI

Debut goal: Ben Whitfield netted for AFC Bournemouth's Championship team today.

Debut goal: Ben Whitfield netted for AFC Bournemouth’s Championship team today.

Ben Whitfield made a scoring debut for AFC Bournemouth this afternoon.
The former Silsden u19 midfielder netted the final goal for the Championship side in their 11-0 pre-season friendly win at Southern League Premier Division side Dorchester Town.
Whitfield came on after 71 minutes and found the target for the Cherries 17 minutes later.
Whitfield said: “I cannot describe how happy I am, to make my first team debut and manage to score.”
The 18-year-old from Bingley joined Bournemouth at the start of this year and has impressed in the south coast club’s development team, scoring twice towards the end of last season.

Garnett double sees off trophy holders

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Oxenhope came from a goal down to defeat West Riding County Trophy winners Settle United at the Recreation Ground this afternoon.
It was the visitors who started the brighter, playing neat, passing football and deservedly went a goal up after 20 minutes.
Oxenhope raised their game and Michael Garnett levelled on the half hour following good work down the right by Will Wells.
The home side took the lead just before the break when Andy Fox lashed the ball home from close range.
Oxenhope dominated the greater part of the second half with Garnett scoring his second thanks to a superb solo effort and Leon Smith cheekily back heeling Scott Nelson’s cross into the Settle net for number four.
The Centenary Pitch played extremely well following the heavy overnight rain and constant drizzle throughout the day and Oxenhope officials are hoping the problems with their new pitch are over.

Double top for Cobbydalers Down Under

Joe Gaughan: Goal No.24 for season.

Joe Gaughan: Goal No.24 for season.

Silsden old boy Joe Gaughan was on target as Stop Out SC marched on at the top of New Zealand’s Capital Premier League this morning.
Gaughan scored in his team’s goals in their 3-1 win at Victoria University to make it 24 goals for the season.
The reigning champions are now three points clear at the top of the table after their nearest rivals, Wellington United and Miramar Rangers, drew 1-1.
Chris Wademan: Helped Riverside to within nine points of title.

Chris Wademan: Helped Riverside to within nine points of title.

Former Cobbydalers’ team-mate Chris Wademan failed to find the net for Riverside Olympic in their 2-2 top-of-the-table draw at Somerset in Tasmania’s Northern Premier League.
But he played his part, being brought down in the penalty area for Todd Mitchell to put the visitors 2-1 ahead from the spot.
Olympic remain four points clear of their hosts from a game more after both teams dropped points for only the second time this season.
Coach Wayne Penfold told Keighley Kicks: “Wadey won us a penalty and worked hard to pressure their defence.
“He didn’t score but certainly contributed with his work rate.
“If we win our remaining three games, we win the league. But it won’t be handed to us.”

Old boys needed to help Shamrocks’ big day

Assistance needed: You can help Shammies celebrate another success next weekend.

Assistance needed: You can help Shammies celebrate another success next weekend.

Andy Gaughan is pleading with his former Shamrocks and Silsden players for their help next weekend
Gaughan is helping organise the annual Keighley Shamrocks Junior Tournament next weekend at Marley and is seeking help with the refereeing.
“I am sincerely asking any of the old boys to help out. There are more than 100 teams taking part from ages under-six up to u14s over the two days on the Tip Top,” said Gaughan.
To find out more or to offer your services, call 07989 523585.
Parents of the children involved in the tournament are also being asked to help out on the stalls, parking and barbecue as well as, from 3pm on Friday, put up all the sets of goals.
“This is a massive event as far as fundraising for the club is concerned,” said Gaughan. “It is so important that it is a success for us to continue operating as a club.”

Hectic season ahead for Denholme

Denholme United logoBoth Denholme United teams will be facing a busier season in the Halifax League following a summer reorganisation.
The league has dropped Division Three and added its remaining six members to Division Two, with an extra two teams in Division One.
It will give a 12-14-14 split, compared to last season’s 12-12-10-6.
Denholme’s first team remain in Division One, where Greetland Reserves and Halifax Irish have been reprieved from the drop, with Denholme Reserves facing eight extra matches in Division Two following the elevation of Shelf, Savile Arms, St Columbas and Salem Reserves, as well as promoted Brighouse Sports and West Central.

No breaks for Silsden

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by Jim Rosser

Albion Sports, who finished sixth in the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East League last season, proved a good test for the Cobbydalers in their third pre-season warm up game.
Silsden had all players available apart from goalkeeper Phil Rishton and Andy Geary started with a strong outfit.
Despite Rishton’s absence, both Danny Thorpe and Wayne Mahomet performed well between the sticks, giving the Cobbydalers’ defence confidence and manager Geary a back up if injuries disrupt his plans.
The opening half was played at a fast pace with both teams displaying good ball retention and movement.
The Bradford side were the first to show but for all their pressure in the opening minutes, Alex Cussack wasted a chance to give them the lead.
A perceptive ball from Silsden’s Danny Fagan split the visitors’ defence. Craig Nicholls was on it in a flash and as Arron Bryan advanced off his line, he chipped the keeper, only to see his effort bounce beyond the far post
Albion’s main threat came from Danny Facey, last season’s top scorer with more than 30 goals.
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Grounds for glory for ton up Geary

Challenge: Silsden manager Andy Geary is cycling 55 miles for the club.

Challenge: Silsden manager Andy Geary is cycling 55 miles for the club.

Silsden manager Andy Geary is getting on his bike for the club and you could be £100 better off for it.
Having missed out on selection for the Tour de France, the Cobbydalers boss has been signed up for the Morecambe to Silsden challenge.
He is raising money for the Silsden Ground Improvement fund and will be hoping to complete the 55 miles from the Lancashire seaside resort to the Angel Telecom Stadium on Sunday, August 3.
Ben Geary and Nicky McNally have already agreed to ride alongside him and more are welcome.
But anyone can join in the appeal and be £100 better off. For £1 you can guess Andy’s finishing time and the nearest will win the cash.
Start here: Andy Geary will be leaving Morecambe for Silsden on August 3.

Start here: Andy Geary will be leaving Morecambe for Silsden on August 3.

Sponsorship forms are available at all Silsden matches, at the club or from Andy.
He is in more familiar action this evening in the home dug-out when Silsden entertain Northern Counties East League side Albion Sports in the Cobbydalers’ third pre-season match of the campaign (7.45pm).

Wright wrong to come back early

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 15.10.27Oxford United’s Long Lee old boy Jake Wright is hopeful injury problems are behind him after enduring a torrid end to last season.
The League Two club’s captain suffered taunts from fans after a series of mistakes saw his team fall out of the play-off picture to finish in eighth place, 10 points adrift, winning just two of their final 15 and losing seven of the last eight.
The Oxford Times said the usually reliable centre back made a series of uncharacteristic mistakes as he struggled to shake off a knee problem.
That kept him on the sidelines for six weeks but injuries to other defenders meant he volunteered to return before he was ready and things boiled over in a heated altercation with a handful of fans after a defeat at Dagenham in March.

Injury woe: Jake Wright

Injury woe: Jake Wright

Wright’s commitment was questioned, something the 28-year-old Keighley-born star robustly rejected and he told the Times: “I didn’t do myself any favours and a few fans got on my back thinking I didn’t want to be there, but I 100 per cent want to be at Oxford. I’ve always stated I’m happy here.”
He said he was was fit but not sharp enough.
“It was plain to see from the silly mistakes I was making – I wouldn’t make them when I was fit,” he added.
Wright came through 45 minutes of Saturday’s 2-1 win at Farnborough and was due to get more game time in the midweek friendly at Oxford City.
Read the full interview on the Oxford Times website, here.

County keen to get new league in place

West Riding County FAPlans remain in hand to start a new league for senior non-League teams across the West Riding.
Following the demise of the North West Counties League’s Reserve Division and, with no similar competition for clubs in the Northern Counties East or EvoStik leagues, most clubs in the county are fielding reserve or development teams in the Lancashire League.
Indeed, Silsden are one of 10 teams looking forward to life on the “wrong” side of the Pennines during the new season.
But the West Riding County FA are keen to provide that missing link and chief executive officer Hannah Simpson wants to revisit the idea after talks broke down last year.
She told that she had had conversations with senior non-League clubs with a view to setting up a West Yorkshire Reserve League.
Read a series of interviews with the County FA CEO on the website, here.