Monthly Archives: February 2013

Silsden stride past Selby to secure semi slot

Hat-trick: Joe Gaughan

Silsden 5 Selby Town 0
The young Cobbydalers romped into the semi-finals of the Pat Rice Trophy with a comprehensive victory over East Division Selby at the Angel Telecom Stadium this evening.
The West Division hosts led 2-0 at half-time in the Northern u19 Alliance League Cup competition and added three more after the break.
Joe Gaughan led the way with a hat-trick and Chris Wademan chipped in with two.
It means Silsden are now unbeaten for 11 months with a remarkable 15 wins and just a single draw to spoil their perfect record. They last lost on March 22 last year when Liversedge beat them 2-0.
Also through to the semi-finals are Pickering Town and Ossett Albion, with Liversedge and East Division leaders Westella & Willerby contesting the final spot.

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

Football is scattered across seven of the eight sports pages in today’s Keighley News.
The bulk of it comes in a two-page spread with action pictures of Cowling’s Thabani Songo and Lee Barker as well as Silsden’s Chris Wademan. There are also head and shoulders pictures of Silsden’s James Gill and ex Cobbydaler James Nettleton, with reports from matches against Congleton and Barlick, as well as one of Michael Garnett, following his hat-trick for Oxenhope at Carlton.
Other reports cover Keighley Town, Cullingworth Youth, Silsden Reserves v Oxenhope and a Craven League round-up mentions Cowling, Silsden White Star, Ingrow & Worth Valley, Crosshills Reserves, Oakworth Reserves, Oxenhope Thirds, FC Sporting Keighley, Sutton Reserves, Manningham All Stars, White Star Reserves, Ingrow Reserves and Sutton.
Elsewhere in the sport section is news of a change of secretary at the Keybury Youth League, a report from Keighley Oaks Ladies and junior reports from Long Lee and Sandy Lane u13s, Keighley u17s plus Steeton Reserves and a picture of Keighley Athletic after their Timothy Taylor sponsorship, as well as the usual round up of results, fixtures and tables.

  • The Keighley News is available throughout the area and costs 65p. Some football stories are available on its website, here.

Bantams offer girls a taste of football

Bradford City are hosting free football sessions for girls at Bingley’s Beckfoot School.
They are being held every Saturday, 11am-noon, on the outdoor 3G pitches and are for girls aged five to 11.
The fun, games and drills for all abilities help girls have a taste of football to see if they want to join a team and are run in association with One In A Million.
Bradford City A team manager Dan Robinson said: “FA-qualified and licences coaches will be on hand to ensure a safe and fun environment for girls to learn the game and make new friends.
’Whether you’ve played before and want to play in a girls-only team, or are wanting to try football for the first time, come down and have fun.”
For more details, email or call Dan on 07956 813527.
Read all about Bradford City WFC on their website, here.

Keighley Kicks hits Peaks form

Job done: Steve with Rosie, Mike and Brad on Ingleborough.
Pictures: Alex Dodd

Dog tired: Steve and Rosie at the top of Pen-y-Ghent.

Keighley Kicks has so far raised more than £200 for two charities after editor Steve Penny successfully completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk on Saturday.
Steve did the gruelling 25-mile trek in 10 minutes under 12 hours with his German Shepherd Dog, Rosie, and three fellow Press Association workers Brad Walton, Alex Dodd and Mike Perez.
Steve said: “I decided it was a challenge to do before I hit 50 years old. Halfway up Pen-y-ghent and only three miles into the walk I was regretting it though.
“But once that first peak had been ticked off, it wasn’t too bad, even with a blizzard on the top of Whernside and an ‘ice staircase’ to climb up Ingleborough before completing the walk in darkness.”
The funds raised will be split between the Sue Ryder Foundation, which runs the Manorlands Hospice at Oxenhope, and Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity set up to support the children of service personnel killed on active service.
Steve said: “I have had several donations from users of Keighley Kicks with the promise of others, for which I am very grateful, but even more would be welcome to help hit the target of £500!”
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Keighley reach semi-finals with match to spare

Halifax FA 3 Keighley FA 4
Keighley’s u17s are through to the semi-finals of the West Riding County FA Minor Cup after making it three wins out of three in their group games this evening at Brighouse Town.
Keighley led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Ben Ramsden and Pedro Quintas but had to hold off a second-half recovery from the hosts to reach the last four with a game to spare.
Ramsden netted twice more to complete his hat-trick to put Keighley four goals ahead before the hosts stormed back to set up a tense finale.

Youth football results: w/e February 24

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Craven, Aire & Wharfe Junior League

Keybury Youth League

West Riding Girls League

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Oakworth’s spirit shines despite defeat

Oakworth Girls u13 1 Garforth 4
On not many occasions will a defeat bring so many positives.
The Victory Shield saw oakworth up against a a team second in the division above them but they put on a superb show.
Garforth had being together for many years and with Oakworth in their first season, the odds where heavily stacked against them.
Oakworth set up with five at the back and just two in midfield to try to keep things tight and play on the counter attack but with 10 minutes played they where 2-0 down.
Most teams would have thrown in the towel but this team has learned to keep fighting.
With a very positive half-time team talk, Oakworth came out battling and started to get into Garforth’s faces and put in some fantastic tackles.
Wing backs Jess Kerr and Chloe Wright started to get down the wings and were supported well by Hollie Williams and Mia Themistocleous up front and really started to create some chances.
Half way through the second half Themistocleous and Wright worked well together and Wright slotted home a goal and put Oakworth back into the tie.
With a goal against such a good side, the Oaks girls gained huge confidence and the whole team played as a unit and kept creating chances, which should have seen them level and go on to win the game.
With a few key players missing there were no changes to use, which could have won Oakworth the match and towards the end a few lapses in concentration led to Garforth stealing two goals to earn progress.
Special mention goes to Caitlin Earle who was fantastic at collecting the ball and catching a few high bouncing balls on a very firm surface.
Oakworht coach Josh Beattie said: “The whole attitude of the team against such strong opposition was fantastic and if this carries on for the remaining four games then the girls will surely be champions.”

Silsden seek a derby treble

Josh McNulthy is congratulated after his late equaliser earlier this season against Barlick.
Picture: David S Brett.

There’s a derby date for Silsden tonight when they make the short trip to Barnoldswick Town, 7.45pm, seeking three wins in a row there.
The West Riding rivals drew 1-1 at the Angel Telecom Stadium earlier in the season with Josh McNulty grabbing a late equaliser but the Cobbydalers will be keen to repeat last season’s result at the Silentnight Stadium when they won 1-0 thanks to an 85th-minute goal from John Douglas.
The clubs’ reserve team encounter earlier this season also went in favour of the visitors, with James Gill netting a penalty winner in a 3-2 success.
Barlick go into the match on the back of a five-match unbeaten North West Counties League run, not having suffered a Premier Division defeat since going down 2-1 at home to Runcorn Linnets on January 12.
Silsden, meanwhile, will be keen to build on Saturday’s point at home to Congleton, which ended a run of four defeats.
Mark Threlfall will be the man to watch out for, having netted 20 goals in all competitions, just two fewer than Silsden’s Mike Garrod.

The week ahead: February 25-March 3

Tuesday, February 26
North West Counties League, 7.45pm
Premier Division: Barnoldswick Tn v Silsden.

West Riding CFA Minor Cup, 7.30pm
Group B: Halifax v Keighley (at Brighouse Tn).

Thursday, February 28
Northern u19 Alliance, 7.45pm
Pat Rice Trophy, quarter-final: Silsden v Selby Tn.

Saturday, March 2
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Stone Dominoes v Silsden.
Reserve Division: Silsden v Nelson.

West Yorkshire League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Whitkirk Wdrs.
League Trophy: Brighouse OB Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Hall Green Utd v Steeton.
Division 2: Steeton Res v Golcar Utd Res.

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Town miss late chances for glory

Ilkley Dynamo 2 Keighley Town 2
Keighley Town had to hit back from two goals down at half-time to pick up a point in the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League.
Sean Dickens pulled a goal back and Leon Smith levelled 10 minutes.
But Town were not happy with a point after Smith then hit a post and Rob Shaw missed a one-on-one in the last minute.

Today’s results: Saturday, February 23

Sorry for the delay – all results below. Reports will be added on Monday.
Keighley Kicks editor Steve Penny successfully completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks today – please feel free to add your sponsorship, here.

North West Counties League
Premier Division: Silsden 1 Congleton Tn 1.
Reserve Division: Padiham 3 Silsden 0.
West Yorkshire League
Premier Division: Carlton Ath 1 Oxenhope Rec 4.
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res 1 Wetherby Ath Res 0.
West Riding County Amateur League
Division 2: Steeton Res 3 Dudley Hill Rgrs 1.
Craven League
Division 1: Oakworth v Cononley Sp (postponed).
Division 2: Silsden White Star Res 2 Skipton Tn 6.
Division 3: Ingrow & WV Res 6 Grindleton Res 0, Sutton 2 Settle Utd Res 2.
Northern Plant Hire Trophy: Grassington 0 Cowling 1.
League Cups
Division 1: Silsden White Star 2 Gargrave 8.
Division 2: Bingley Tn 3 Ingrow & WV 6 (aet).
Division 3: Cononley Sp Res 1 Oakworth Res 2, Cowling Res 0 Oxenhope Rec III 3, Crosshills Res 4 Grassington Utd Res 1.
Division 4: FC Sporting Keighley 4 Horton 1, Padiham Tn 2 Sutton Res 4, Skipton Tn Res 2 Manningham All Stars 3.
Halifax League
Division 1: Northowram 3 Denholme Utd 2.
Division 3: Denholme Utd Res v Volunteer Arms Res (postponed).

Cobbydalers can’t hang on for victory

Action from Silsden’s draw with Congleton.
Pictures: David S Brett.

Silsden 1 Congleton Town 1
Silsden brought an end to a run of four consecutive defeats and were unlucky not to have gained all three North West Counties League points against ninth-placed Congleton Town.
Chris Wademan put Silsden ahead after 59 minutes but the visitors grabbed a late lifeline.
With only six minutes remaining, Cobbydalers goalkeeper Jordan Watson was penalised for handling outside his area. Ian Willis drove the free-kick into the Silsden wall but Chris Smith drilled the rebound into the corner of the Silsden net.
See more pictures on David S Brett’s website, here.