Monthly Archives: January 2013

Silsden derby called off

Tomorrow’s North West Counties League derby between Silsden and Colne has been postponed.
The Angel Telecom Stadium pitch is covered in snow, with no thaw forecast.
But there is action this evening at Silsden. The Sports Club will be open from 7.15pm for the Aston Villa versus Bradford City League Cup semi-final second leg on TV.
Make the most of the chance to see some live action with Carling at £2.50 a pint and John Smiths £2.30 a pint.

Crosshills are looking Sharpe

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 May.
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, May 3, 7pm.
More entertainment and laughs will be provided by a comedian and there will also be memorabilia available.
Tickets are £35 email Crosshillsfc@yahoo.co.uk, or call 07854 568507 to book. There are deals available for businesses/clubs/groups wanting to book a table.
Sharpe had been due to appear in September but the event was cancelled.
‘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.

The week ahead: January 21-27

Wednesday, January 23
North West Counties League, 7.45pm
Premier Division: Silsden v Colne.

Thursday, January 24
Northern u19 Alliance, 7.45pm
West Division: Silsden v Ossett Tn.

Saturday, January 26
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Ashton Ath v Silsden.
Reserve Division: Silsden v Irlam.

West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy, 1pm
4th round: Campion Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.

West Yorkshire League, 2pm
Premier Division: East End Park v Oxenhope Rec.

West Riding County Amateur League, 1.45pm
Premier Division Cup: Steeton v Marsden.
Division 2: West Horton v Steeton Res (2pm).

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Today’s matches: Sunday, January 20

Keighley FA Sunday Cup
2nd round: Bingley FC Young Boys v Bingley Midland Ath (postponed).
Bradford Sunday Alliance,
Division 1A: Bradford Phoenix v Stocks Ln Rgrs (postponed).
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League
Premier Division: Crossflatts Vill v Otley Tn (postponed), Keighley Tn v Salts (postponed).
Division 1: Aire Valley v Halfway House (postponed).
Division 2: Cullingworth Yth v Armley Rgrs (postponed).
West Riding County Women’s League, 1pm
Division 1: Silsden v Castleford WR Res.
Division 3: Wortley Res v Silsden Res.

Youth football (click for fixtures)
Craven, Aire and Wharfe League
Keybury Youth League
West Riding Girls League

Today’s matches and postponements: Saturday, January 19

North West Counties League
Premier Division: Congleton Tn v Silsden (postponed).
Reserve Division: Silsden v West Didsbury & Chorlton (postponed).
West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy
4th round: Campion Res v Oxenhope Rec Res (postponed, now January 26).
West Yorkshire League
League Cup: Oxenhope Rec v Pool (postponed).
Alliance 1: Rothwell Res v Oxenhope Rec Res (postponed, County Trophy).
West Riding County Amateur League
Premier Division: Steeton v Hall Green Utd (postponed).
Division 2: Hall Green Utd Res v Steeton Res (postponed).
Craven League
Premier Division: Cowling v Rolls (postponed), Crosshills v Grindleton (postponed).
Division 1: Chatburn v Oakworth (postponed), Cononley Sports v Pendle (postponed), Silsden White Star v Wilsden Ath (postponed).
Division 2: Bingley Tn v Skipton Tn (postponed), Embsay Res v Ingrow & Worth Valley (postponed), Silsden White Star Res v Barnoldswick Barons (postponed).
Division 3: Bradley v Crosshills Res (postponed), Oakworth Res v Cowling Res (postponed), Settle Utd Res v Oxenhope Rec III (postponed).
Division 4: FC Sporting Keighley v Addingham Res (postponed), Manningham All Stars v Horton (postponed), Sutton Res v Skipton Tn Res (postponed).
Halifax League
Division 1: Mixenden Utd v Denholme Utd (postponed).
Division 3: Denholme Utd Res v Elland Allstars Res (postponed).

Matches off

Tomorrow’s North West Counties League Premier Division match between Congleton and Silsden has been postponed due to the wintry weather. Also off is the reserve team’s home match against West Didsbury and Chorlton.
Joining a lengthy list of call-offs are the Craven League Division Three matches between Bradley and Crosshills Reserves, and Settle Reserves and Oxenhope Thirds, as well as Ingrow & Worth Valley’s Division Two match at Embsay.
Also postponed are both Steeton’s West Riding County Amateur League matches – the first team at home to Hall Green and the reserves away at the same club – and Oxenhope Rec at home to Pool in the West Yorkshire League Cup. Oxenhope Reserves’ West Riding County Trophy tie at Campion is subject to a pitch inspection tomorrow.
All Halifax League matches have been called off for the third week in four, including Denholme United’s trip to Mixenden and their reserves at home to Elland Allstars.
They join yesterday’s list of seven postponements due to the wintry conditions.
The complete Bradford Sunday Alliance programme has been called off.
More news of call-offs on Keighley Kicks as they are announced.

Play your part in developing young talent

FA tutor: Anthony Gallagher

Coaches are essential for teaching and developing footballers at every level of the game, from the very youngest beginners to those at professional levels.
And now you too can join that special group, with Leeds City College running a Level 1 Football Coaching Award at Marley next month.
The course is packed with expert knowledge and covers all areas of player development. The qualification is used as part of the requirements for clubs and schools to achieve the appropriate FA Charter Standard accreditation.
It is targeted at those aged 19 or over and starts on Monday, February 25, 6-9pm.
After that, it runs for another 24 hours at various times and for various lengths over seven sessions, evenings and Saturdays until Monday, March 18.
It is led by FA tutors Anthony Gallagher and Pav Singh and costs £100.
For more details or to enrol, visit the Leeds City College website or email Anthony Gallagher or Pav Singh

Marley matches off

All this weekend’s scheduled matches at Marley have been postponed.
Keighley and Ilkley Sport and Leisure Services made the decision this afternoon due to the frozen surfaces and forecast of heavy snowfall.
The seven matches involved are:
Saturday
West Yorkshire League
– Oxenhope Rec v Pool.
Craven League – Bingley Tn v Skipton Tn, FC Sporting Keighley v Addingham Res, Manningham All Stars v Horton.
Sunday
Keighley FA Sunday Cup
– Bingley FC Young Boys v Bingley Midland Ath.
Bradford Sunday Alliance – Bradford Phoenix v Stocks Ln Rgrs.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League – Aire Valley v Halfway House.
All other matches on Bradford Council-owned and managed sports grounds are off as well.
Also postponed is tonight’s Northern u19 Alliance match at the Angel Telecom Stadium between Silsden and Ossett Albion.

Paper Talk: Keighley football in the local media (Keighley News)

The much-awaited Keighley FA Cup tie between Silsden White Star and Oxenhope Rec Reserves is the main feature of today’s football coverage in the Keighley News.
The five-times postponed tie finally went ahead and the coverage includes five pictures and a report.
Players featured in the photos include James Whitehead, Jonny Rampling, Dayne Ward, Danny Cox and Rob Pullan.
There is a file picture of Matthew Moses with Silsden’s report from Runcorn Town report and of Lee Reilly with Steeton’s against Overthorpe.
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Community effort brings a happy ending

Oliver, centre, exchanges cheques with Silsden chairman Sean McNulty.
Picture: David S Brett

A serious injury suffered by a young Silsden footballer has had a happy ending.
Oliver Simeone broke his leg during Silsden u16s Copa Catalunya competition appearance in Spain last summer.
Confusion over the insurance meant Ollie’s family had to pay for his operation, eventually getting their money back seven months later.
To help compensate the Simeone family for their other expenses and lost interest, as well as travelling costs and days off work, Silsden held a fundraising night, featuring musicians from local bands who offered their services for free, organised by Darren Binns.
The event raised a whopping £1200 and when this was offered to Ollie he was overwhelmed.
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FA long-service award for Cowling, Crosshills and Cononley old boy Donald

Donald Bell receives his award from FA representative Barry Chaplin, with Craven FA secretary David Town, right.

More than half a century of dedicated, loyal service to Craven and district football was rewarded on Saturday, when Donald Bell received the Football Association Long Service Award.
Donald started playing football with Cowling Juniors in 1959 and progressed to the first team, before moving to Crosshills Youth Club.
In 1976 Donald broke his leg, however, to help his recovery he refereed for a full season before returning to Cowling.
In 1980 he joined Cononley Sports Club and played for nine seasons before a injury at the age of 45 brought his playing career to an end.
Having captained all the teams he had played for, it was a natural progression to become team manager, a position he held until 2003.
Donald was elected chairman of Cononley Sports Club in 2001, a position he held for 10 years.
Although he holds no official capacity now, Donald is seen on the touchline every week, freely sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience.
Cononley first team manager Matthew Town said: “He is still involved every week in assisting me with the running of the team.”
Donald received his award from West Riding County FA chairman Barry Chaplin at Cononley after Saturday’s win over Hellifield Sports.

McNulty leads the masterclass

Silsden u18A 9
Oakworth Hornets 1

Silsden reversed their fixture and it paid dividends.
The first half saw Silsden play some of their best football of the season, scoring six goals without reply.
The best was the sixth, which if it had been filmed would be shown again and again on TV. A series of one-touch passes bemused the Hornets defence with Josh McNulty coolly rolling the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net to finish things off.
It was the first of his brace for the afternoon. Other scores were Ben Whitfield 2, Pedro Quintas 3, Ben Dakin and Ben Ramsden.
Oakworth managed a consolation in the last couple of minutes of the game and to their credit never gave in and battled right to the end but were given a masterclass in pass and move football.
McNulty had his best game so far this season and was awarded the man of the match award.

Ullah’f a lot of praise for Foysol

Westwood Jets 4
Keighley Shamrock Warriors u10 2

Shamrocks’ eagerly anticipated top of the table clash ended in defeat after a physical encounter.
The match started with both teams very nervous in the early stages, matching each other blow for blow.
Westwood settled first, forcing a series of corners, which were well dealt with by the Shammies defence.
But Westwood’s pressure was rewarded when their captain scored from close range after 15 minutes.
The set back seemed to spur on Shammies and within five minutes there were level.
Ben Sharp and Ciaron Fleming worked the ball well down the right before sharp crossed for Sam Woodward to volley a looping effort over the Westwood goalie.
It was Shamrocks’ best spell of the match with the Jets on the ropes. Barney Cope saw a long-range effort hit the crossbar and Daniel Ambler and Foysol Ullah also went close.
Shammies got the goal they deserved right on half-time. Good work down the right by Sharp and Fleming resulting in an excellent cross by Sharp, which struck a Jets defender on the head before finding its way into the goal.
Joel Oxford and man of the match Ullah were both playing excellent in the Shammies defence.
The second half could no of started any worse for the Hoops with a mix-up right from the kick-off allowing the Jets to equalise.
Tackles were flying in with both teams showing excellent commitment.
Westwood again took advantage of some sloppy play to make it 3-2.
Shammies fought back and came close to equalising with Sharp, Woodward and Fleming all going close.
The game was decided with a harsh free-kick given by the referee right on the edge of the Shammies’ box.
The Westwood captain dispatched the kick left footed into the bottom right hand corner of the net to make the points safe.
Shammies kept fighting until the end but it was not to be their day.

Oakworth Girls on top

Oakworth Girls u13 3
Battyeford 1

After a month without a game, Oakworth faced a tough return to action.
Battyeford had beaten Horsforth and Skipton in their previous two games and were rapidly moving up the league table, so the hosts knew they had to be at their best. 
With a few players missing, the team had to be changed around just five minutes before kick-off.
Natalia Karkoszka dropped into the centre of defence and striker Megan Brierley into centre midfield. It was also a chance for winger Ellie Brett and Mia Themistocleous to start a game. 
From the kick-off the girls got straight into Batteyford and showed the desire, which had won them the opening game of the season at Skipton. 
With just eight minutes played, Brierley pushed up front and slotted in a nice finish to score. 
From that point, Oakworth passed the ball around and whenever possible got it down the left wing to Chloe Wright, who seemed to beat three defenders and put a cross into the box on every occasion. 
Out of nothing Battyeford had a corner and the home defence seemed to fall a sleep and the game was all square. 
At the start of the season, a goal against the team would have caused huge problems but this only seemed to spur them on and  halfway through the first half centre back Kourtnai Broughton charged forward, took the ball on, and struck a dipping shot which found its way under the impressive Battyeford goalkeeper’s legs. 
In the second half Battyeford struggled to get much out of the Oakworth defence and, with Jess Kerr and Themistocleos dropping deep to receive the ball, running at the opposition defenders every few minutes, the game looked over. 
With 15 minutes to go a short corner caught Battyeford out and on the second attempt Themistocleous got on the scoresheet. 
With two minutes left, Emma Clarke hit a superb free-kick but the Battyeford keeper was making no mistake this time and made a smart save. 
Oakworth were congratulated by their coach for their attitude and team work, putting on such a good performance with so many players playing out of position was fantastic. 
With just six games left and a point clear at the top with a game in hand, Oakworth go to Rothwell on Sunday knowing the momentum must continue if they want to win the title in their first season. 

Crusaders hopes go Westwood 

Westwood Dolphins 5
Keighley Shamrock Crusaders u10 1

Shammies came into this Keybury League game looking to build on last week’s great performance but faced a mighty test against a strong Westwood side.
The away side started brightly going down the slope. Loftus found space down the right and slotted through a good pass to put Plumb but a tame shot failed to trouble the Westwood goal.
Shammies kept pressing but could not find their way through a solid Westwood back line.
The home crowd got behind their team, which seemed to give them the lift they needed and they opened the scoring after 15 minutes.
Westwood’s work rate was top notch and moved well as a unit off the ball and started to take control of the game. A striker closed down Arran Hainsworth and robbed him of the ball to make it 2-0.
Crusaders got back in the game just before the break. A long throw-in from Hainsworth was headed clear only to the find the right boot of Loftus who found the bottom corner of the net with an excellent strike to make it 2-1 at the break.
It was Westwood’s turn down the the slope in the second half and it proved decisive as they made it 3-1 within 10 minutes.
Another goal followed after a good move through the middle. A long-range effort was saved by Keslinke but he lost his footing, falling into his own goal.
Keslinke more than made up for his team mates though, making several fine stops and also reading the game well to come out of his goal on more than one occasion and rescuing his defence
Crusaders battled hard to try to get back into the game,.
Qasim Amin won the ball and found Anderton. He crossed to man of the match Lewis Plumb and the move deserved a goal, but he fired just wide in what was the move of the match.
The home side’s hard work and good play paid off when they added a fifth and final goal in what was a good quality game of football.