Denholme United 4 Mixenden United 4
This week saw one major signing and one farewell at Silsden.
Manager Chris Reape snapped up striker James Nanje-Ngoe from Bradford City but moving out of the Angel Telecom Stadium is John Douglas, who has stepped up the pyramid to join EvoStik League strugglers Wakefield.
Read the full story on the T&A website, here.
Marley continues to be the home for clubs in exile.
Following the return of Oxenhope Rec to their village base after the completion of £35,000 ground improvement work, three more teams have moved on to the Marley pitches from outside of Keighley.
New boys Bingley FC Young Boys will be joining town rivals Bingley Midland Athletic in the Wharfedale Sunday Triangle, while another new club, Manningham All Stars are also playing away from the area of their name.
Completing the three newbies at Marley are Bradford Sunday Alliance side Bradford Phoenix, who have moved from Shipley.
All three clubs are expected to be eligible to compete in the Keighley FA Sunday Cup.
Two local charities are £2,500 better off thanks to the efforts of members of the Keighley Celtic Supporters Club.
Fans of the Glasgow giants ran a race night at the Keighley Engineers Club and raised £1,000 for Manorlands hospice at Oxenhope and £1,500 for the Suzie Jeng Grant Our Mummy’s Wish campaign.
About 90 people attended the event and supporters club secretary John Laughlin told the Keighley News: “It was absolutely brilliant. With today’s financial climate we would have been happy if we’d raised half of that.”
The evening also featured a raffle and an auction, during which items included a limited edition Celtic watch, John Conteh-signed boxing gloves and a cricket bat signed by the England team.
FC Dog & Gun 1 Bradford Phoenix 3
Keighley’s newest Sunday side started their season in style.
Bradford Phoenix have moved from Shipley to Marley and got their Bradford Sunday Alliance Division 1A season off to a shotgun start at Horsfall.
Damian Cowling put the visitors ahead after exchanging midfield passes with Stuart Matthews.
The hosts levelled when goalkeeper Mathew Bailey saved a free-kick but was unable to prevent the rebound finding his net.
Phoenix dominated the second half and regained the lead when last season’s top scorer Ryan Hudson made it 2-1.
Cowling grabbed his second to confirm the points when he latched on to a rebound from Matthews’ effort.
Oakworth grabbed their first ‘on-pitch’ win in sensational style this evening.
Trailling 2-0 at half-time, Oaky pulled one straight back when Andy King fired in from the second half kick-off.
A cool finish from Joe Jalil made it 2-2 and then a pitch invasion of coaching staff and substitutes was sparked when Joe Gaughan chipped over the goalkeeper for the winner from 30 yards with just 15 seconds remaining.
Oakworth had lost their first two matches following promotion to Division One of the Bradford Sunday Alliance but got their first points on the board at the weekend when scheduled opponents Ventus Sports scratched.
- Listen to stand-in manager Andy Gaughan’s post-match comments, here.
Premier Division: Sandy Lane 0 Thornton United 1.
Division 1: George Hotel 2 Oakworth u18 Juniors 3.
Division 1A: FC Dog & Duck 1 Bradford Phoenix 3.
Silsden new signing James Nanje-Ngoe and hat-trick hero Mike Garrod take centre stage on the football pages of today’s Keighley News.
They are joined by Danny Bryan on the bulk of a page devoted to The Cobbydalers’ 4-0 victory over Stone Dominoes.
There is also a picture of Steeton’s Lee Reilly to go with a report on their two-match winning start to the season.
Other reports are from matches involving Oxenhope, Oxenhope Reserves and Keighley Oaks, as well as results and Saturday fixtures from both the West Riding County Amateur League and West Yorkshire League. But, unfortunately, there are no fixtures from any of the other local leagues in action this weekend.
There is also a report about a blind Silsden Bradford City fan who has written a ditty for the Valley Parade terraces, plus the recent Cullingworth charity match is covered in the news section.
- The Keighley News is available throughout the area and costs 65p. Some football stories are available on its website, here.
Bronte Wanderers’ decision to pull out of the West Riding County Amateur League leaves Haworth without any local football representation. ROB GRILLO looks at the history of the sport in the village (Part 2 – 1919-1923).
The need for a suitable drinking water supply to Keighley provided the impetus for local football prowess in Haworth.
Following the building of Ponden and Watersheddles reservoirs, work on Lower Laithe reservoir at Stanbury began after the Great War, attracting navvies from as far away as Ireland and Scotland.
It is likely that the Sladen Bridge FC that appeared in 1919 was indeed linked to the reservoir works and this side took its place in the top division of the Keighley League for the 1919-20 season.
Bingley’s Jacob Hazel made a flying start to Chesterfield’s Central League season at Hartlepool on Wednesday.
The young midfielder scored twice as the Spireites opened their campaign with a 4-0 victory at Billingham Town’s ground.
Read a full report on Chesterfield’s webiste, here, and also on Hartlepool’s Vital site, here.
Silsden 1 Wigan Robin Park 3
With a place near the top of the table at stake, the Cobbydalers went oh-so-close to attaining the dizzy heights of first or second spot.
Were it not for the superb performance of the Robins’ keeper Jason Foulds, they might well have done so.
The game ended with the Robins moving up to second in the table but the fans of the Cobbydalers had much to savour, despite the final scoreline.
Mike Garrod netted Silsden’s late consolation.
Read the full report on the Silsden website, here.
Steeton 1 Ovenden West Riding 3
Steeton were given a lesson in clinical finishing by the reigning West Riding County Amateur League champions.
Chevrons manager Roy Mason thought the best team had won but was left ruing defensive errors as his team left themselves too much to do.
“They deserved to win and were the better team,” said Mason.
“We need to be sharper and cut out the sloppy play but we gave them a good game. Ovenden are the benchmark to measure ourselves against and we looked good for long periods.”
Steeton gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area for the opening goal and then a long through ball was allowed to bounce in the area for the second – in both cases the finish was exceptional.
Ovenden capitalised on sloppy play in the second half to make it 3-0 before Dean Mitchell headed in a fine consolation.
West Yorkshire League: Oxenhope Rec v Pool. Waterlogged pitch.
Tonight’s pre-season match between Keighley Athletic and Oakworth has been postponed.
The Marley pitches are waterlogged.
Steeton’s Summerhill Lane pitch has passed a lunchtime inspection.
Reigning champions Ovenden are the visitors this evening, 6.30pm, and a match programme will be available, £1.
FC Sporting Keighley 5 Keighley Athletic 3
The goals continue to flow for Craven League new boys Sporting.
After Saturday’s incredible 8-4 victory over Ingrow and Worth Valley, there was eight more goals to enjoy, with the majority hitting the back of the Athletic net at Marley.
Shezaib Hussain led the way with a hat-trick with Aaron Abbas and an opponent completing the scoreline.
A former Silsden Juniors footballer is on the way to stardom.
The 17-year-old star is heading for Arsenal but it’s not Arsene Wenger’s Premier League team that the destination.
No, instead it’s a far more successful Gunners line-up.
Beth Millgate has earned a place on the Arsenal Ladies’ elite education programme, beating stiff competition to earn a place in the junior ranks of the club which have dominated women’s football in recent years. They have won 34 major honours, including 12 FA Women’s Premier League titles, 11 FA Women’s Cups and 10 FA Women’s Premier League Cups, as well as the UEFA Women’s Champions League.