Monthly Archives: April 2012

Oxenhope finishing season on a high

Boroughbridge 2 Oxenhope Rec 3
Oxenhope put themselves in with an excellent chance of finishing in the top of the West Yorkshire Premier League table with a fine win against their mid-table rivals.
Ollie Metcalfe opened the scoring but Boro made it 1-1 before half-time.
The hosts then went ahead but Michael Garnett equalised and Dan Moriarty grabbed the winner to put Oxenhope within four points of sixth-placed Fields with two games still to play.

Peacock praise for Crosshills novices

Crosshills Reserves 3
Carleton Reserves 0

Crosshills’ captain Harry Peacock was a proud man after seeing his young teammates confirm a promotion spot in their first season as senior players.
He said: “They started the season as boys and finished it as fine young men. Congratulations from your captain.”
Goals from goalkeeper Sam Smith, Billy Skelton and Rob Matthews put Crosshills a point ahead of Ingrow & Worth Valley at the top of the Craven League Division Four table, and with a game in hand.
Read the full report on the Crosshills website, here.

Crosshills celebrate double promotion

Wilsden Athletic 2 Crosshills 3
It was a double day of celebration for Crosshills. While the Reserves were securing their place in Division Three of the Craven League, the first team hit back from behind to clinch a spot in the Premier Division for next season.
Ben Dewhirst opened the visitors’ account from the penalty spot and Steve Brown equalised after Wilsden had gone 2-1 up.
Shaun Greene got the winner before he was carried off unconscious.

Today’s fixtures: Saturday, April 28

North West Counties League (3pm)
Prem: Silsden v St Helens Town.
Res Div: New Mills v Silsden.

West Riding County Amateur League (2.30pm)
Div 2: Steeton Res v Rawdon Old Boys (postponed).
Div 3: Tingley Ath Res v Bronte Wdrs Res.

West Yorkshire League (2.30pm)
Prem Div: Boroughbridge v Oxenhope Rec.
Allnce 2: Oxenhope Rec Res v Otley Town Res.

Craven League (2pm)
Div 1: Wilsden Ath v Crosshills.
Div 4: Crosshills Res v Carleton Res, Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Horton.
Div 1 League Cup, 2nd rnd: Bingley Town v Gargrave.
Div 2 League Cup, 2nd rnd: Hellifield Sports v Ingrow & Worth Valley.
Div 3 League Cup, 3rd rnd: Oakworth Res v Settle Utd Res, Oxenhope Rec III v AFC Colne.

Silsden pitch update

Silsden’s Keighley Road ground stands a reasonable chance of action tomorrow when St Helens Town come visiting for the hosts’ penultimate North West Counties League match of the season, 3pm.
Despite heavy rain washing out a hectic schedule of planned matches during the week, club officials are hopeful a dry night will leave it playable.
A working party has been busy this afternoon and a club spokesman said: “They removed the protective waterproof sheets and forked the wet areas so, if no more rain falls, we plan to fork and sand it in the morning and then it should be game on.”
One of the outer pitches is still under water but the level of the neighbouring River Aire is beginning to drop.

New date for Silsden’s last match and KFA Cup final

Last night’s postponed match between Silsden and Maine Road will now be played at Keighley Road on Friday, May 4.
This means the Keighley FA Challenge Cup final between Oxenhope Rec and Crosshills will now be played on Friday, May 11, 7.30pm, a week later than originally scheduled.
Club officials are working hard to get the pitch ready for tomorrow’s scheduled North West Counties match against St Helens Town.
Volunteers are needed for a working party at the ground from 2.30pm today.

Brady’s Shammy shimmy caps final place

Calverley u11 2
Keighley Shamrocks 3

Shamrocks are through to the Craven, Aire and Wharfe League Cup final after a pulsating encounter.
Tyler Green, Kaisar Ali and Jack Hanson all went close before Calverley took the lead with a long-range shot.
But Shammies hit back quickly with a brilliant goal from left-back Tyler Hall, who beat two men before curling his shot into the far corner of the goal.
Shammies’ superior passing skills came to the fore after the break and Harry Farnell’s long-range free-kick made it 2-1 before Tom Boddy and Hanson combined to set Cameron Brady free on a 25-yard run to score after shimmying his way past the keeper.
Calverley pulled one back but superb defending and a man-of-the-match display from Riley Davey kept them out to secure a final place against Horsforth or Campion, who play their semi-final on May 2.

Shamrocks miss out on title

Keighley Shamrocks 0
Shipley Lions u9 0

Despite an unusual lack of goals, this was an excellent title-deciding game.
Shamrocks needed to win to grab the championship but a point was enough for Shipley to pip them to the silverware.
Ciaran O’Shea was at his best to keep a clean sheet with Foysol Ullah and Joel Oxford showing why Shammies have the meanest defence in the league.
The Keighley side threw everything at their opponents in the second half in an attempt to clinch the title with Barney Cope winning all his tackles but the Lions defence held firm.

Scouting for success

The winning 1st Keighley Scouts team. Pictures:

The annual Keighley District Scouts five-a-side tournament attracted more than 100 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to Silsden.
Winners of the Scouts competition were 1st Keighley (Fell Lane) with 19th Keighley (Ingrow) the runners-up.
The winning team included Josh Vickers, Herbie Arron, Matthew Watson and Myles Lofthouse.
Also competing were 2nd (Riddlesden), 6th (Oakworth), 8th (Cross Roads), 11th (Cullingworth), 14th (Haworth), 23rd (St Annes) and 25th Keighley (Long Lee), plus 1st Silsden St James.

Oakworth's winning Cubs team

6th Keighley (Oakworth) won the Cubs competition from 1st Keighley (Fell Lane) with 2nd, 19th and 23rd Keighley also in action.
The Oakworth team consisted of Oliver Bishop, Owen West, Harris Rowlett, Hetty Nettleton and Peter Harris.
11th Keighley (Cullingworth) won the Beavers section with 6th Keighley (Oakworth) the runners-up.

Cullingworth's winning Beavers squad

Also involved were 1st, 2nd, 14th, 19th and 23rd Keighley.
Cullingworth’s squad was Elliott Robinson, James Hannigan, Zachariah Hadi, Callum Rudkin, Harley Chapman and Ryan Davidson.
Read more on the Keighley Scouts website, here.

Sky-high date for Duxbury

Lee Duxbury with Oldham's fund-raising group

Silsden Veterans star Lee Duxbury is used to the high-life, having played football at the top levels.
But he will be soaring skywards this weekend as part of a charity ‘ride and fly’ event.
The former Bradford City, Huddersfield Town and Oldham Athletic midfielder, now assistant manager at Oldham, will be sky-diving over Catterick on Sunday during a round the Dales cycle ride, which starts at Richmond on Saturday and finishes at Skipton on Monday.
He is doing it as part of a group in aid of a specialist cancer radiography unit at the Royal Oldham Hospital and the Tilinanu Orphanage in Mlawi. The group have already passed their original £2,000 target in online pledges but are keen to raise as much as they can.
Lee said: “It is likely that you know somebody else who has suffered from, or does suffer from some form of cancer. The money we raise really will make a difference!! Please help us contribute to such a worthy cause.”
Athletic manager Paul Dickov former professional colleagues Gerry Taggart and Paul Gerrard will join Lee, along with two members of the club’s commercial office – Billy Quarmby and Jenny Warburton.
To sponsor Lee, visit

The world is Silsden’s oyster

Part of last year's trophy-winning team

Silsden Under-16s have global domination in mind.
And it has started by walking along the Leeds-Liverpool canal from Leeds to Silsden.
The 24-mile sponsored walk was part of fund-raising efforts by the junior Cobbydalers to raise about £9,000 to travel to Barcelona to defend their Copa Catalunya title, won in Spain last year.
The team flies to the soccer city to take part in the global event from July 2 to 6.
Other fund-raising efforts include a bag pack, race night and gigs by The Total Wrex and The Puretones.

Silsden v Maine Road game off

Tonight’s North West Counties League match at Silsden has been postponed.
An inspection of the Keighley Road pitch was due at 4pm but further showers brought an earlier decision on the scheduled match against Maine Road.
Due to the number of postponed matches this week and with more bad weather forecast, the North West Counties League have agreed to extend the season.
The re-arranged date will be announced soon.