The Keighley area has a rich history of local football.
There might have been a lack of ‘big’ teams in relation to regional competition in the past but there have been plenty of successful (and not so successful!) teams who have made their mark over the years.
A topical picture this week, looking back at the last Oxenhope team to lift the Keighley FA Challenge Cup.
It is not quite once in a lifetime for Oxenhope Recreation and their long-awaited district cup success but it is certainly once every other generation.
Last Friday’s thrill-laden 7-4 victory over Crosshills at Silsden was Rec’s first win in the senior competition since 1966.
Division Three: Settle United Reserves 2 Silsden White Star 1
Silsden’s goal came from an opponent in a match which saw the visitors draw positions from a hat to celebrate the end of their season.
Cononley Sports Res 0 Oakworth Res 6
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Oakbank School completed their season in style by lifting the Bradford Schools FA Cup.
The Year 8s beat Thornton Grammar 2-1 in the final at Silsden to complete an unbeaten season.
Man of the match Saydur Uddin opened the scoring from 25 yards after Matty Fleetwood had pulled off a string of fine saves to keep Thornton out.
Thornton capitalised on sloppy defending at a corner to make it 1-1 at half-time but Zafar netted the winner from close range after Connell’s shot had been saved.
Wilsden's Joel Hardy is buried by jubilant teammates after his penalty shoot-out winner.
Wilsden celebrate their success
Cononley Sports 1 Wilsden Athletic 1
(Wilsden win 9-8 on penalties)
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Wilsden made up for last season’s Northern Plant Hire Trophy final defeat against Trawden in nail-biting fashion at Gargrave this evening.
A match of few chances looked to have been decided when Cononley’s Steve Pearson flicked in Miroslav Allen’s corner after 87 minutes.
But a stunning strike from Alex Lancaster four minutes into stoppage time forced a penalty shoot-out.
All 22 players took kicks before Cononley’s Sam Ash sent his second kick over the bar and Joel Hardy kept his nerve to fire in Wilsden’s winner with the 24th kick of the decider.
Cononley held the upper hand for much of the game, although Wilsden always looked dangerous on the break. But a bumpy pitch with long grass made passing moves rare and several good build-ups fizzled out when the ball held up at crucial moments.
Grindleton Reserves 4 Cowling Reserves 6
Earby Town 1 Crosshills 2
Goals from Billy Skelton and Andy North gave Crosshills victory in a match switched to their home ground.
It means they go into Saturday’s title-deciding last match of the season against leaders Trawden Celtic just a point adrift with the winners guaranteed to lift the Craven League Division One title.
Cowling’s hopes of rattling up an unlikely 14-goal haul against Rolls this evening to pip Skipton LMS to the Craven League title have been dashed.
The match was postponed and Cowing were awarded victory, but no goals.
It leaves Cowling frustrated after seeing both their final two matches awarded, ruling out their hopes of improving their goal difference.
Action from Wilsden's quarter-final win at Earby
It’s the battle of the underdogs tonight as Cononley Sports and Wilsden Athletic go head to head in the final of the Craven League’s Northern Plant Hire Trophy, 6.30pm.
The Division One teams both put out Premier Division opposition in the semi-finals and now meet at Gargrave in what promises to be a close encounter.
Cowling need to go for goals tonight if they want to lift the Craven League title.
The side go into their final league match at home to third-placed Rolls, 6.15pm, needing an unlikely 14-goal win to pip Skipton LMS at the post.
They trail Skipton LMS by three points but the reigning champions have already finished their programme.
The May 5 defeat at mid-table Grassington is looking costly for Cowling. Had they managed to win, just a point tonight would have been sufficient.
They came, they saw, some conquered, but all enjoyed…
Sutton hosted their first football festival at the weekend and were amazed at its success.
More than 100 teams took part, from as far afield as Shotton in County Durham, Lancashire, Leeds and Halifax, as well as many local ones.
Ages ranged from Under 6s to Under-13s and interested spectators included scouts from Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Burnley among others.
u9: 1 Shotton, 2 Earby Town
u10: 1 Barrowford Celtic, 2 Thackley Juniors
u11: 1 Westwood Jets A, 2 Keighley Shamrocks
u12: 1 Northowram Juniors A, 2 Trawden Celtic
u13: 1 Long Lee, 2 Barrowford Celtic
Tuesday, May 22
Craven League (6.15pm)
Northern Plant Hire Trophy, final: Wilsden Athletic v Cononley Sports (at Gargrave, 6.3pm)
Prem: Cowling v Rolls.
Div 1: Earby Town v Crosshills (at Crosshills).
Div 3: Grindleton Res v Cowling Res.
Wednesday, May 23
Craven League (6.15pm)
Div 3: Cononley Sports Res v Oakworth Res, Settle Utd Res v Silsden Whitestar Res.
Thursday, May 24
Craven League (6.30pm)
Prem Div Cup, final: Grindleton v Rolls (at Sutton Playing Fields, Crosshills FC).
Saturday, May 26
Craven League (2pm)
Div 1: Crosshills v Trawden Celtic.
Div 3: Settle Utd Res v Oxenhope Rec III.
Marley will be a hive of youth football activity over the next four days.
More than 1,000 boys and girls aged eight to 16 will be in action as 154 teams take part in the 15th annual Bradford Council-organised five-a-side football festival.
Action start at 4pm today and continues 4-7pm until Thursday.
Ilkley Dynamo 5 Bingley Midland Athletic 2
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League (11am)
Prem: Crossflatts Village v Salts (walkover for Salts), lkley Dynamo v Bingley Midland Athletic.
West Riding County Women’s League (1pm)
Prem: Keighley Oaks v Hemsworth MW.
Division 1: Silsden v Tingley.
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Youth football (click for fixtures)
Craven, Aire and Wharfe League
West Riding Girls League
Grindleton Reserves 1
Oxenhope Rec III 2
Oxenhope went a long way to securing their tenure in Division Three of the Craven League for a second season when coming back from a 1-0 deficit with an excellent second-half display.
The home side took the lead after 20 minutes when a cross from the right was headed home.
The game swung from end to end but neither keeper really had a save to make.
After the break, Oxenhope upped their performance and after 55 minutes good work by Joe Pullan on the right and a cross into the area was parried by the goalkeeper up into the air and Marc Westerman rose to head the ball over the line.
The visitors took control with skipper Andy Lamb and Westerman dominating the middle of the park.
The winner came in the 80th minute when Lee Rhodes won the ball out on the left in his own half and went past two defenders before letting fly from distance with a scorcher that gave the keeper no chance.
Grindleton rallied at the end in search of the equaliser but Oxenhope’s defence held firm.
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