Monthly Archives: July 2012

Can you match Oakworth’s ambitions?

Do you run a go-ahead business with ambitions to make rapid progress?
Oakworth are looking for a new main sponsor to match their own plans for great things.
The Craven League club are looking to move forward both on and off the pitch.
With great new facilities at the club, who have almost 400 playing members from the ages of four upwards, they are seeking new sponsorship to help them achieve their goals.
Anyone interested in becoming the main sponsor of the club’s first-team, should contact manager James Gill, 01535 210736.

Garnett misses out on first-goal honours

Oxenhope Rec 1
Silsden 5

Michael Garnett had the honour of ‘scoring’ the first goal on Oxenhope’s new Centenary Pitch but it proved in vain.
Unfortunately, his close range strike was ruled out for offside and, by the time he did net a legitimate strike, his side were trailing 3-0.
The hosts made the early running on their super-smooth new surface in front of a crowd of about 150. Mark Bentham hit the bar and Danny Moriarty struck a post as the hosts took the game to their North West Counties League visitors.
But, after Garnett’s disallowed strike, it was Silsden who opened the scoring after 24 minutes through John Douglas.
Two goals in a minute just before half-time sealed things for the Cobbydalers. New signing Elliott Holmes doubled the advantage after 43 minutes and Mike Garrod headed in the third in the first minute of stoppage time.
Garnett pulled one back two minutes into the second half but the West Yorkshire League side rarely threatened again.
Danny Bryan headed in Silsden’s fourth after 62 minutes and completed the scoring 13 minutes later when he chased a long ball to the corner and cut in before smashing the ball home in emphatic fashion.
See more pictures in the Photo Gallery, here.

New pitch, new era but The Slope still has the pedigree at Oxenhope

Keighley Kicks editor STEVE PENNY takes a look at the new Centenary Pitch ahead of Oxenhope’s first fixture on it this evening, 6.45pm, when Silsden are the visitors.

Oxenhope’s new Centenary Pitch is certainly something to marvel at.
The £35,000 investment has fulfilled its purpose in magnificent style, delivering a fantastically smooth, state-of-the-art surface, meeting the necessary criteria for Oxenhope to bring West Yorkshire League football home to the village after the four-year exile at Marley.
But, does it have character?
Yes, the turf is superb, it’s got a lovely surround and top-notch dug-outs.
Oh, and it’s flat – very flat.
The views up the valley towards the Lancashire border are fantastic.
So, would it be heresy to say I will miss the Slope?
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New opponents for Denholme United

The 2012/13 line-up for the Halifax League season sees Denholme United joined in Division One by Hebden Royd RS and Stainland United from the Premier Division plus promoted pair Wadsworth United and Elland Allstars from Division Two.
They lose Midgley United and Copley United, promoted to the Premier Division, and relegated Hebden Royd RS, plus Brighouse Old Boys, who have pulled out of the league.
In Division Three, Denholme Reserves are joined by new teams Brighouse Sports, Savile Arms, Shelf and West Central. Junction Inn have dropped out.

Crosshills look Sharpe for new season

Lee Sharpe is heading for Crosshills

Former England winger Lee Sharpe is the guest speaker at Crosshills Sportsman’s Dinner at the Rendezvous in Skipton in September.
The ex-Manchester United, Leeds United and Bradford City star, who finished his career with non-League Garforth Town and also chalked up appearances for Torquay, Sampdoria. Portsmouth, Exeter and Icelandic side Grindavik, will be speaking at the event on Friday, September 21, 7pm.
More entertainment and laughs will be provided by Chris McGlade and there will also be memorabilia available.
Tickets are £35 email, or call 07854 568507 to book. There are deals available for businesses/clubs/groups wanting to book a table.
‘Spice Boy’ Sharpe has kept a high profile since leaving the professional game, with regular appearances as a Match of the Day pundit as well as in reality shows Celebrity Wrestling, Celebrity Love Island and Dancing on Ice.

Keighley Athletic make step up after all

Keighley Athletic have had a pre-season boost.
The Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League side had missed out on promotion on goal difference last season but have now been invited to compete at a higher level.
Two new teams from Horsforth have applied for late entry to the league and it means Athletic will be pushed up from Divison One to Division Two.

Put your shirts on Bingley

Bingley Town are offering local businesses the chance to promote themselves on their shirts.
The Craven League side are seeking new sponsors for both their home and away kits.
They are seeking a minimum of a two-year deal and are charging £200 to £300 per season for the home colours and £100 to £200 for the away strip.
Anyone interested should
contact club chairman Andrew Ryan on 07971040475 or email

Silsden White Star and Sutton are going up

Silsden White Star and Sutton are both celebrating promotion in the Craven League, despite finishing outside the top two places in their divisions at the end of last season.
Sutton’s elevation from Division Four to Division Three was expected, in order to make space for their own reserve team coming into the bottom division of the league. No club is allowed by FA rules to have two teams in the same division so an extra promotion place was the only option for last season’s seventh-placed team.
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New opponents for Silsden

Silsden will be part of an expanded Northern u19 Alliance competition this season.
The Cobbydalers’ intermediate team will again be in the West Division, which has been boosted from eight members to 10.
New sides are AFC Emley, Ossett Town and Harrogate Railway Athletic, with Brighouse Town having dropped out.

Steeton keeper’s new role

Coach: Paul Linyard

Steeton have appointed Paul Linyard as their goalkeeping coach.
The West Riding County Amateur League club’s first-team custodian will combine ti role with his playing duties and manager Roy Mason said: “We are delighted Paul has agreed to take on the position. He will be coaching all the club’s keepers including our promising Under-16 keeper Josh Hardisty.”

Garrod at double as Silsden earn victory

Pontefract Collieries 2 Silsden 3
Goals from Mike Garrod 2 and Joe Gaughan earned Silsden victory at their Northern Counties East League hosts this afternoon.
Silsden dictated the first half and deservedly took the lead after 25 minutes when Garrod smashed home a great pull back by trialist Elliott Holmes.
Pontefract levelled with a crisp drive from their centre forward after Danny Husband failed to clear a high ball into the box.
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Steeton start in style

Steeton 2 Barnoldswick Town Res 0
Sam Rooke and Will Lee were on target as Steeton started their pre-season campaign in style.
Steeton handed debuts to Gavin Shearer and Phil Rishton and welcomed back a couple of old faces in Arley Barnes and Nicky McNally.
Barnoldswick included former Steeton player Aaron Hollingdrake within their ranks.
Steeton had a couple of early chances before Rooke got on the end of Matty Kershaw’s corner to give Steeton the lead after only seven minutes.
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Bingley prepare busy pre-season

Bingley Town have lined up their first pre-season fixtures of the new campaign.
First up is a trip to Sandylands Astroturf to take on Pendle on Saturday, August 4, 2pm.
The newly-promoted Craven League Division One side should prove a tough test and a barometer for Bingley to gauge where they are with their preparation.
On Tuesday, August 21, Bingley welcome Bradley with other matches expected to be arranged for Saturdays July 28, August 11 and August 25.

Silsden and Steeton in warm-up action

Silsden and Steeton are both in action this afternoon as pre-season preparations start to gather pace.
After a 1-1 draw at Northern Counties East League newcomers Knaresborough in midweek, Chris Reape’s Cobbydalers travel to another NCE Division One club in the shape of Pontefract Collieries.
Ponte opened their warm-up campaign on Tuesday with a 1-1 draw against Brighouse Town but then crashed 4-1 at home to West Riding County Amateur League side Campion two days later.
Steeton start their on-field action for the 2012/13 season with a home match against North West Counties League Reserve Division side Barnoldswick Town.
Barlick already have an emphatic win under their belts after Dave Gray netted four times in a 7-0 win at Ivy Hotel.

Rossi joins Silsden

Silsden have secured a second prestigious sponsorship deal, hot on the heels of linking up with Angel Telecom as the club’s main sponsor.
Habasit Rossi have agreed a five-year deal to sponsor the resurrected senior six-a-side competition, which takes place at the Angel Telecom Stadium on Sunday, August 26.
Their sponsorship will take care of all the day’s expenses, including trophies, insurance and advertising.
“As a voluntary club, we are deeply indebted for all the help they are giving us,” said Silsden commercial secretary Barry Thomas.
The Silsden Sixes day will see three competitions and Mr Thomas said: “We hope to have 24 men’s, eight ladies and eight veteran teams competing.
“In the afternoon the junior parents will play their dads and lads competition to complete a great day out.”
Food and drink will be available at family prices so the parents can leave the picnic at home and we also hope to have various trade stalls from the area, added Mr Thomas.
Anyone wishing to volunteer to help on the day – first aid, serving drinks or collecting at the gate, etc, should contact the club direct.