North West Counties League
Premier Division: Silsden 5 Squires Gate 1.
Reserve Division: AFC Darwen 4 Silsden 2.
West Yorkshire League
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec 2 Kippax 5.
Alliance 1: Kippax Res 0 Oxenhope Rec Res 4.
West Riding County Amateur League
Premier Division: Steeton 4 Halifax Irish 3.
Division 1: Wibsey 6 Steeton Res 2.
Division 2: Bradley 2 Cononley Sports Res 2.
Division 3: Broomhill 2 Sutton 2.
Division 4: Addingham Res 0 Ingrow & Worth Valley Res 8.
Northern Plant Hire Trophy : Barnoldswick Barons 1 Crosshills 7, Cononley Sports 3 FC Sporting Keighley 2 (aet), Polonia Patson 4 Gargrave 5 (aet), Silsden White Star 5 Hellifield Sports 2.
Premier Division: Cowling 8 Embsay 4, Trawden Celtic 2 Wilsden Ath 1.
Division 2: AFC Colne 8 Crosshills Res 2, Ingrow & Worth Valley 1 Bingley Tn 3.
Division 3: Oxenhope Rec III 3 Cowling Res 1.
Division 4: Sutton Res 1 Bradley Res 5.
Division 1: Elland Allstars 3 Denholme Utd 1.
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res 1 Shelf Utd Res 4.
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Barnoldswick Barons 1 Crosshills 7
Andrew North hit a hat-trick as Craven League Premier Division Crosshills cruised through to the next round of the Northern Plant Hire Trophy.
Ben Dewhirst, Ben Geary, Robert Matthews and Scott Newton also found the net against the Division Four side.
Polonia Patson 4 Gargrave 5 (aet)
Craven League Division Four side Polonia put up a brave battle in the Northern Plant Hire Trophy at home to Division One opponents.
The teams were all square at 3-3 after 90 minutes before the higher level team scraped through by the odd goal in nine.
Polonia scorers were Dawid Zulewski 2, Sebastian Karwat and Jardstaw Maziarz
Cowling 8 Embsay 4
The goals flowed as Cowling earned progress in the Craven League Premier Division Cup.
Ben Brown led the way with a hat-trick as the hosts turned on the power.
Alex Conroy equalled his feat for the visitors but it was in vain as Kyle Willis 2, Martyn Dalby, Stephen Barker and Lee Barker completed the home rout.
Oxenhope III 3 Cowling Reserves 1
Oxenhope booked their place in the semi-final of the Craven League Divison Three Cup with a fine victory over Cowling.
Veteran striker Tony Cooper opened the scoring in the second minute, drilling a low powerful strike into the bottom corner from outside the area.
The home side were well on top but just before the break Cowling equalised through Ben Allwood.
Oxenhope continued to press in the second half and on the hour their efforts were rewarded when Cooper scored his second with a bullet header at the back post.
The Worth Valley side sealed the tie 10 minutes before the end with a neat finish from Danny Smith.
Silsden 5 Squires Gate 1
Close call: Silsden were denied on this occasion but came good with a five-goal haul against Squires Gate.
Pictures: David S Brett.
by Jim Rosser
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Silsden ended a seven-match winless run in superb style – chalking up their biggest win of the season.
The Cobbydalers welcomed back skipper Danny Gleave and defensive partner Danny Fagan for this vital game against another team at the wrong end of the table. Only Kristian Hargreaves was unavailable. With his centre backs back in place, Andy Geary pushed James Gill into a defensive midfield role. Gate came into the game following two defeats which were preceded by a two-one victory at Maine Road.
Gate had a chance in the first minute when, following a corner, Dan Penswith saw his header cleared out of a crowded box. Minutes later Andy Hill, back to his best, slid the ball up the right for Chris Wademan to run onto. The striker, looking more like his old-self, cut through the defence to hit a fierce cross-shot which came back off the far post. Josh McNulty hit the rebound goalwards but Andy Collins cleared off the line.
Next it was Hill who hit a curling free-kick round the visitor’s defensive wall. Ben Fletcher, at full stretch, tipped it for a corner.
AFC Darwen 4 Silsden Res 2
Nicky McNally got both goals for Silden, who trailed 3-0 at half-time in their North West Counties League Reserve Division match in Lancashire.
They were the better side after the break and pulled back to 3-2 but conceded another late on.
Spot on: Lee Reilly fires home the winning penalty.
Picture: Simon Pickles Photography.
Steeton 4 Halifax Irish 3
Aerial action from Steeton’s thrilling win over Halifax Irish.
Picture: Simon Pickles Photography.
It was late drama at Summerhill Lane on Saturday as two stoppage time goals left the crowd going home happy and thoroughly entertained.
With Matthew Kershaw and Sam Rooke both serving a one game suspension, Martin Bland came in for his first team debut and Peter Hanson returned to the starting XI. With Michael Rhodes’ surprise omission from the county squad it meant that he was eligible to play as well.
The home side wearing an unfamiliar red kit were sharp out of the blocks and Andy King struck an early effort just wide. Adam Spencer then clipped a shot over the bar and then failed to really test Matthew Townsend in the visiting goal when he had a bit more time than he realised. Danny McNulty was just over with a strike from the edge of the box and it looked likely that once Steeton scored then the flood gates could well open. Andy Holden was then denied by the keeper after good link up play from Spencer.
Kippax Res 0
Oxenhope Rec Res 4
Going to Kippax, Oxenhope knew they’d have to be up for the physical battle on a tight pitch against hard working opponents and they certainly were. From the start Oxenhope matched their opponents work rate and committed challenges and quickly got a grip of the game. After only 5 minutes seventeen year old Liam Walsh, who had been brought into the side to try and improve ball retention, picked the ball up just inside the Kippax half. He kept close control of the ball and worked his way out to the left flank. Once in space, Walsh looked up and in seeing the keeper off his line floated an exquisite strike over his head and into the net. Read more
Wibsey 6 Steeton Res 2
Steeton were away at Wibsey knowing that they were in for a tough game being up against a first team outfit but with a good win the previous week confidence was high amongst the squad.
Martin Bland was called up for the first team so the back four were all under 18’s. Read more
Oxenhope Rec 2 Kippax 5
Oxenhope produced an embarrassingly poor performance against lowly Kippax in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League.
They fell behind in the fourth minute when the visitors broke down the right, keeper Sam Lee rushed from his line to make a block but the ball was scooped over his head and the Kippax front man found himself with an open goal for a tap in.
On target: Lea Kelley goes for goal.
Denholme United Res 1
Up and at ’em: Adam Gill tries to find a way past the Shelf defence.
Shelf United Res 4
Action from Denholme’s Halifax League Division Two defeat at Foster Park.
Phil Poole scored the consolation goal for the hosts.
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Division 1: Elland Allstars 3 Denholme Utd 1
Matthew Waring was on target for the visitors.
Bradley 2 Cononley Sports Reserves 2
Honours finished even in the Craven League Division Three derby after second half goals from Craig Ebbrell and Colin Throupe rescued a point for Cononley.
A scrappy game saw both sides struggled to impose any pressure.
Bradley were first to show when a Cononley player made a rash tackle in the box and gave away a penalty, which Robert Watson converted.
Bradley then put the Cononley defence under some pressure, forcing a back pass which went straight past the keeper and into the net, making it 2-0 at half time.
Bradley were holding the upper hand after the break but from being in control failed to clear their lines and a Cononley miskick scooped past the Bradley keeper.
This gave the visitors a bit of hope and they put the Bradley defence under pressure with a shot going into the bottom corner for the equaliser.
Bradley created plenty of chances but could not convert the winner with some poor finishing to blame.
The teams meet again next week.
Trawden Celtic 2 Wilsden Athletic 1
Jack Lancaster was on target for Wilsden but the teams were level at the break and a second-half strike ended the visitors’ hopes of Craven League Premier Division Cup glory.
Addingham Reserves 0
Ingrow & Worth Valley Res 8
The Steampigs doubled their Division Four win tally for the Craven League season in stunning style.
After winning just one of their opening seven matches, Dave Harman’s team marked their eighth with an eight-goal salvo at Addingham.
After some inconsistent games, Ingrow finally put it right with a solid performance throughout.
The first half saw Ingrow take a 3-0 lead without Addingham really having an attack at all.
AFC Colne 8
Crosshills Res 2
Crosshills crashed out of the Craven League Division Two League Cup with a hefty defeat at Holt House.
Jimmy Anson and substitute Jeddakiah Simonenko were on target for the visitors.
Ingrow & Worth Valley 1 Bingley Town 3
Bingley made progress in the Craven League Division Two Cup thanks to strikes from Marcus Barnes, Michael Judson and Kyle Richmond.
Liam Fothergill replied for the hosts.