Season’s review –
Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves
Craven League, Division Four
by Sean Kelly
I am the Steampigs’ vice-captain and when the season started, I didn’t really know what to expect.
Having played for Ingrow for a year-and-a-half before, I always knew the potential was there but we never seemed to get the rub of the green and struggled to react positively when we went a goal or two behind.
Having played in every outfield position last season, I didn’t even have an idea where I would be playing but had asked to play in my preferred position (defence).
Action from the Steampigs' 5-0 win at Sutton, a result later expunged from the records.
The local football season has finished but there is still a full page of coverage in today’s Keighley News.
Haworth’s Ken Knights is pictured with England World Cup winner Gordon Banks after winning an award for his work with Bradford City’s disability football club and there is an interview with the local hero.
Cowling chairman Chris Jones hits out at the Craven League, after seeing his team’s hopes of lifting the league title dashed by cancelled matches. Tom Sowerbutts is pictured in action.
There are tables from the Craven League as well as a final reports round-up from matches involving Crosshills, Wilsden and Cononley, plus news of Oakworth’s new manager.
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James Gill celebrates promotion with Silsden team-mate Martin Bland. Pictures: David S Brett.
New manager James Gill has spoken for the first time about his appointment to the Oakworth hot seat.
The announcement was made yesterday on Keighley Kicks and the former Silsden star said: “I’m really pleased and looking forward to the challenge.
“The facilities deserve a good level of adult football been played and hopefully in the coming years we can provide that.
“I am hoping to build a squad full of youth and experience. Oakworth have two good under-18 teams, which we are hoping will feed the first and second teams.
“All old and new players are welcome for the coming season.”
Training will start on Tuesday, July 17, 6.30pm at Marley.
Back in charge: Paul Brearey
Oxenhope have appointed Paul Brearey as their new manager.
It is familiar ground for the 49-year-old who was manager until six years ago.
Brearey has had a long and successful association with the club, first joining in 1978 as a 15-year-old.
His playing career was cut short by injury but he returned to manage the club for 10 years in which the first team won 17 trophies under his stewardship.
Oakworth have appointed former Silsden player James Gill as their new first-team manager,
Gill, who recovered from a limb-threatening double broken leg to play in the North West Counties League, will take up the post at the ambitious Craven League Division One side immediately.
He played for Silsden as recently as the 2010/11 season and was also involved in the management of the Cobbydalers’ academy side. He was also a member of this season’s promotion-winning Oakworth Bradford Sunday Alliance side.
James Gill's goal in a 2-1 win over Cammel Laird that saw Silsden promoted to the Premier Division of the North West Counties League. Picture: David S Brett.
Oakworth want to build on the success of their youth set-up and have medium-term plans to be playing alongside Steeton, Bronte Wanderers and Oxenhope Rec at the next level of the non-League pyramid.
Eventual champions Ramsbottom were no match for Silsden. Pictures: David S Brett
Season’s review – Silsden
North West Counties League, Premier Division
by Kev Knappy
Silsden’s first-team season saw them just fall short of their best-ever points total at this level.
The season saw victories over all the top sides, beating eventual champions Ramsbottom United 2-1 at home, in what was one of the highlights of the season.
Away wins against ambitious Pennine neighbours Barnoldswick Town (1-0) exacting revenge for an earlier 4-0 home reversal, a 1-0 home win against Winsford United and a delightful double against Glossop North End, who also had promotion ambitions, were also memorable.
Despite excellent performances against the so-called ‘better sides’, inconsistency saw disappointing defeats against sides that were round and about, or lower in the table.
The Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice at Oxenhope is £600 better off thanks to footballing employees of UK Asset Resolution (UKAR).
The Crossflatts-based team lost to their Duxford counterparts.
Organisers hope the match can become a regular event.
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Challenge Cup – Winners: Oxenhope Recreation
Supplementary Cup – Winners: Steeton Reserves
Runners-up: Oxenhope Rec Reserves
Sunday Cup – Winners: Crossflatts Village
Runners-up: New Variety Club
North West Counties League
Reserve Division Cup – Runners-up: Silsden
West Yorkshire League
Alliance Division Two – Runners-up: Oxenhope Reserves
Silsden will have one new opponent next season, on top of the teams expected to be promoted from the First Division of the North West Counties League.
Woodley Sports’ relegation from the Evo-Stik First Division North has been confirmed by the FA, with Ramsbottom United going in the opposite direction.
An application from West Didsbury & Chorlton to join the league will be heard by clubs at the AGM next month.
The promotion to the Premier Division for Wigan Robin Park and Norton United will also be decided, as will the relegation of St Helens Town and Atherton LR to Division One.
It’s been a busy debut season for Keighley Kicks.
Covering the 45 local teams plying their trade in nine local leagues has certainly taken lots of time and effort but the results have been rewarding.
The idea of setting up the site last June was to create a central hub for everyone to find out what is happening in the the Keighley area on the local football front.
Photo: Courtesy David Brett
With no major team to focus on, I expected Silsden, as the ‘senior’ club to dominate coverage but that has been far from the case.
There has been plenty of news about their exploits in the North West Counties League but the volume of co-operation from teams playing at lower levels has been overwhelming.
Some teams ‘clicked’ very early about what Keighley Kicks was about and helped keep things bang up to date – special mention for Ingrow & Worth Valley, Oxenhope and Steeton, who were among the first and kept going, win lose or draw throughout the season.
Other teams were happy to tell of their wins but as the season wore on defeats were a struggle to report. Even so, many still sent in the results, for which I am grateful.
Holycroft Primary School pupils are looking smarter in their new football kits.
The Year 6 team from the Victoria Road, Keighley, school have been sponsored by Sukhjit Singh, of local newsagents A Dewhirst & Sons.
Scott Turkington has stepped down from his involvement at Oakworth.
He started the season as reserve team manager but was drafted into help the first team as well when the Craven League club found themselves without anyone in charge of team affairs.
With Turkington at the helm, both teams managed to avoid relegation from their respective divisions.
Turkington said: “I’ve left the club and would like to thank all the players past and present for everything they did.”
Oakworth will be announcing their new management teams for both sides soon.
Crosshills players can be forgiven for having two celebration nights this weekend.
Late fixture changes meant their annual presentation evening was held on Friday, the night before their winner-takes-all Craven League Division One clash against Trawden Celtic.
But the first team were on best behaviour and gained the win they needed to secure the title – and spark another night of celebration, this time with no need to show restraint!
Steve Brown took the first-team player of the year title with William Storrie named players’ player and Tom McCann lifting the young player title.
For the reserves, Rob Matthews was player of the year, Billy Skelton, players’ player and Will Lockyer young player.
The Under-18s player of the year was Luke Wilson with Todd Duncan gaining his peers’ votes.
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Oxenhope made sure of avoiding relegation from Division Three of the Craven League with this win.
Andy Lamb proved the hero with a hat-trick.
Although Oxenhope could not finish in the bottom two, Barnoldswick Barons Reserves are exempt from relegation due to their third team already being in the division below. A decision on who, if anyone, will drop, will be made at the Craven League AGM next week.
Ben Dewhirst (far left, part hidden) fires in the opening goal.
Stuart Parkin and Eddie Jenkins celebrate their trophy glory. Picture: David S Brett
Trawden Celtic 0
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Two goals in the last 19 minutes from Ben Dewhirst brought Crosshills a second consecutive Craven League divisional title.
The carbon-copy strikes after 71 and 89 minutes enabled them to leapfrog Trawden at the top of the Division One table.
For much of the game it looked as if the long-term leaders would hang on to their advantage, needing just a point to secure the glory in front of a crowd of about 200.
But a disallowed goal for the visitors after 65 minutes proved the key moment.
The referee had already signalled for a goal when Callum Whitehead slammed home the ball from the edge of the area but the referee checked with his linesman and disallowed it after being told there had been a foul throw in the build-up to the strike.
The curtain falls on the local football season today but it will be going out with a bang.
There is everything still to play for in Division One of the Craven League where a win for Crosshills at home to Trawden Celtic, 2pm, will see them lift the title.
They have already confirmed a second consecutive promotion and will be playing in the Premier Division next season as their rebuilding plans continue to bear impressive early dividends.
After taking the decision to drop back into local football from the West Lancashire League in 2010, ‘Hills have flourished with a mixture of youngsters and seasoned campaigners.
Crosshills will be out for revenge after suffering an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at Trawden in February. That has been one of only three defeats suffered all season but since that match, ‘Hills have won 11 out of 12 games, only a 0-0 draw with Chatburn spoiling a perfect record.
Trawden also boast impressive form, having gone 13 games without defeat, including 11 wins, since losing at Oakworth on November 5.
And a thrilling finale is in prospect with a large crowd expected at Sutton Playing Fields to see some end-of-season fireworks.
Elsewhere today, Oxenhope Rec Thirds complete their season at Settle United Reserves in Division Three of the Craven League.
Clubs continue to fold and teams struggle to field a full complement of players. Does local football still have a future and can its thrive again? Glyn Smith considers the game’s landscape in across the Keighley area.
Down and out: Long Lee joined Keighley Shamrocks in calling it a day for their senior team. Picture: David S Brett.
We reach the end of another season, with fewer teams playing than kicked off the season. Long Lee didn’t even reach the start line, while Bingley Town Reserves, Three Horses and Keighley Royals were among those failing to reach the campaign’s end.
A cloud of doubt hangs over the future of a number of local clubs and you have to ask just how many will be playing at Marley next season.
These comments, observations, theories and suggestions are based entirely on my own experiences. I make no claim to any magical insight or content. They are simply my opinions.
The cricket season is in full swing and it is the summer sport which dominates the sports pages of today’s Keighley News.
But there is still some football in there, if you delve deeply.
As well as a report and three pictures from Friday’s 11-goal Keighey FA Challenge Cup final between Oxenhope and Crosshills, there are plenty of league tables, results and fixtures from most local leagues, rounding off the season.
There is also a picture and report on Crosshills Under-14s championship-winning season.
Football also features in a couple of places on the news pages with details of Holycroft Primary School football team’s sponsorship by a newsagent and a charity football match raising £600 for Manorlands Hospice.
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