Monthly Archives: January 2014

Latest Saturday washouts

Crosshills have joined Denholme United in facing a wet weekend on the sidelines.
‘Hills first team trip to Grindleton in the Premier Division Cup in the Craven League, as well the Reserves’ home match with Bingley Town in Division Two have both been called off due to waterlogged pitches. Also off is Bradley Reserves’ home match with Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves in Division Four and Sutton’s Division Three Cup tie at home to Broomhill.
They join Denholme’s pair of washed-out matches on the postponed list.

Freak fall puts Keighley old boy out of action

Fall guy; Jake Wright launches himself to keep out the ball but suffered a bad fall.

Fall guy; Jake Wright launches himself to keep out the ball but suffered a bad fall.

A Keighley-born Football League star has avoided a broken leg but will be out of action for up to six weeks after suffering a bizarre accident.
Oxford United captain Jake Wright suffered a gashed knee when he landed on the bar that holds the back of the net to the ground, while making a clearance during last weekend’s 1-0 win over Torquay United.
An X-ray confirmed no breakage or tendon damage but the 27-year-old defender has had stitches in the wound.
“It is sore but it could have been a lot worse,” Wright told the club’s website
The central defender cleared the ball from under the crossbar but landed on his knee on the bar. 
“I thought it was serious straight away” he told “I saw blood and just thought ‘Look away’.
“It is a really deep cut but they stitched it and sent me home. It is sore but it could have been a lot worse.”
Read more here.

All change on Oxenhope managerial merry-go-round

Main man: Tony Trowers gives a half-time pep talk to Oxenhope 3rds. He is now the club's director of football.

Main man: Tony Trowers gives a half-time pep talk to Oxenhope 3rds. He is now the club’s director of football.

Kicking Grass logoRecent wet weather has brought an enforced mid-season break. Glyn Smith looks at touchline changes at Oxenhope Rec.
Oxenhope have seen a complete change in their management team.
Rick Cummings took over the second team mantle from Tony Trowers at the start of the season and has got off to a flying start with his team unbeaten.
Tony started the role of developing a re-vamped third team with a lot of young lads joining the club.
Meanwhile another Oxenhope stalwart decided to opt for a complete career and lifestyle change.
Aafter bringing much success to the club, Paul Brearey has finally hung up his boots to don an apron as the new proprietor of the Golden Hind fish and chip shop in Sun Street, Haworth.
I’m sure all that know him will wish him well in his new venture.
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Gill swaps Silsden for Barlick

Changed allegiance: James Gill was up for it for Silsden against Barnoldswick earlier this season. He's now in the opposition camp. Picture: David S Brett

Changed allegiance: James Gill was up for it for Silsden against Barnoldswick earlier this season. He’s now in the opposition camp.
Picture: David S Brett

James Gill has left Silsden to take up a role as assistant manager at their North West Counties League rivals Barnoldswick Town.
Gill will be working with former Guiseley and Hednesford striker Stewart Airdrie, who took over in charge at The Silentnight Stadium last week.
Gill, 30, who managed Oakworth in the Craven League last season and has a long local football history in and around Keighley, said: “It has been a tough decision but one which I believe is right for my career now.

“My playing days are at the end and this maybe a stepping stone to the next part of my career.
“I would like to wish the management committee and players at Silsden all the best for the rest of the season and beyond.
“Andy Geary and Ryan Haigh are doing a great job in getting a good group of young lads together (too young for me to keep up with) and I am sure they will become a good strong team.”

Gill broke his leg badly in 2006 and said that had taken its toll.
“I’m ready to wind down a bit and play when needed, which is why this roel suit sme more.,” said Gill, previously played for Barlick under Geary
“I’m looking forward to going back there.”

The week ahead: January 27-February 2

Monday, January 27
Northern u19 Alliance, 7.45pm
West Division: Eccleshill Utd v Silsden.

Saturday, February 1
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Silsden v Abbey Hey.

West Riding County FA Challenge Cup, 1pm
Quarter-final: Ovenden WR v Silsden Res.
4th rnd: Steeton v Oxenhope Rec.

West Riding County FA Challenge Trophy, 1pm
Quarter-final: Oxenhope Rec Res v Honley.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2.30pm
Division 1: West Horton v Steeton Res.

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Today’s fixtures: Sunday, January 26

All today’s games were postponed
Bradford Sunday Alliance
Prem Div: Sandy Ln v West Bowling (postponed).
Div 1: Bradford Phoenix v Napoleons Casino (postponed).
Div 2B: Toller v Cartwright Lister (postponed).
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League
Premier Division: AFC Bramley v Keighley Tn (postponed), Crossflatts Vill v Salts (postponed), Shipley Tn v Bingley FC Young Boys (postponed).
Division 1: Cullingworth Yth v Milford (postponed), Horsforth St Marg’s v Aire Valley (postponed).
Senior Cup, 2nd rnd: Otley Tav v Keighley Ath (postponed).
West Riding County Women’s League,
Premier Division: Silsden v Keighley Oaks (postponed).

Crosshills recover from early errors to storm to victory

Crosshills logoRolls 4
Crosshills 7

Crosshills pulled themselves to within a point of their hosts in the middle of the Craven League Premier Division table in a game that just managed to beat the wet weather.
Rolls took a second-minute lead through a defensive error but Ben Dewhirst equalised with a stooping header.
Another mistake allowed Rolls to regain their lead but a mishit cross from Stu Parkin flew in to make it 2-2.
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Steamers leave it late for goal glut

Fourth goal: Dave Harman

Fourth goal: Dave Harman

Ingrow & Worth Valley Res 4
Barnoldswick Barons 0

Ingrow beat the weather and the Barons in wet and windy conditions to close in on the mid-table positions in Division Four of the Craven League.
They played some great football played but missed a hatful of chances, especially in the first half, which finished goalless.
More chances came after the break before finally Chris Wheater got the opener, followed by two well-taken goals by Ryan Stubbs and a fourth from player-manager Dave Harman.

Wheeler wins it for Bradley

Bradley Reserves 4
Skipton Town Reserves 3

Bradley leapfrogged Skipton into third place in Division Four of the Craven League with a best-of-seven-goals win.
Skipton started brightly with early attacks testing Bradley full-backs. Ed Horner and Ross Clegg, who made some important tackles.
The first goal came from a corner, with Chris Hogg volleying home.
Bradley were in control of the game, passing the ball about on a deteriorating pitch, but the visitors were handed a life line when the referee gave a penalty to the disappointment of Bradley’s bench.
Shane Dwyer calmly sent keeper Vincent Grant the wrong way to level the game.
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Cowling comeback is too late

Cowling logoSettle United Reserves 5
Cowling Reserves 2

Bottom of the table Cowling travelled to Settle, hoping for a long overdue win in Division Three of the Craven League.
They found themselves up against it from the start with Settle playing good simple passing football.
Settle scored their first when the Cowling keeper fumbled the ball into is own net from a simple catch.
The second came shortly after from a well-taken free-kick about 25 yards out, before three more quickfire goals put Settle five up at half-time.
Cowling got into the game more in the second half but could not find a killer instinct in the final third until an inspired substition from the Cowling manager saw Josh Wood come on and score twice, albeit it too late for a comeback.
No surprise that Wood picked up the opposition man of the match.

Today’s fixtures: Saturday, January 25

North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Silsden v Winsford Utd (postponed).
Reserve Division: AFC Darwen v Silsden.
West Riding County FA Challenge Cup, 1pm
4th rnd: Steeton v Oxenhope Rec.
West Yorkshire League, 2pm
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v East End Park Res.
West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
Division 1: Ventus Yeadon Celtic v Steeton Res (postponed).
Craven League, 2pm
Premier Division: Cowling v Carleton, Rolls v Crosshills (game ON).
Division 1: Silsden White Star v Earby Tn.
Division 2: Crosshills Res v Bradley (postponed), Skipton LMS Res v Cononley Sports Res, Skipton Tn v Bingley Tn (pitch inspection, 10.30am).
Division 3: Broomhill v FC Sporting Keighley (postponed), Oxenhope Rec III v Grassington Utd Res, Settle Utd Res v Cowling Res, Sutton v Salts III (postponed).
Division 4: Addingham Res v Sutton Res (moved to UAK, 1.30pm), Bradley Res v Skipton Tn Res, Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Barnoldswick Barons (at Marley), Polonia Patson v Horton.
Northern Plant Hire Trophy, 3rd rnd, 1.30pm: Grindleton v Cononley Sports.
Halifax League, 2.15pm
Division 1: Denholme Utd v Elland All Stars (postponed).
Division 2: Hebden Royd RS Res v Denholme Utd Res.

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First games called off

Ball waterlogged pitchThe continued wet weather has claimed its first victims of the weekend.
Tomorrow’s Halifax League Division One match at Foster Park between Denholme United and Elland All Stars has been called off, as has the Craven League Division Two fixture between Crosshills Reserves and Bradley.
Steeton Reserves’ West Riding County Amateur League Division One trip to Ventus Yeadon Celtic has also been postponed.
Silsden’s clash with Winsford in the North West Counties League at The Angel Telecom Stadium and Bingley Town’s Craven League Division Two encounter at Skipton Town face 10.30am pitch inspections, while Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves have switched their Division Four match with Barnoldswick Barons from Oakbank to Marley.

Calling Keighley’s veteran footballers…

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 14.12.33The West Riding County FA are looking into the possibility of creating an informal 35+ veterans summer league or tournament this year.
It follows a number of requests from clubs to provide more football opportunities for veterans, aimed at club coaches, volunteers and parents within clubs across the county.
If you believe your club members would be interested, email to express an interest.
Thoughts on the format for the league are welcome as the County FA seeks to establish feedback from clubs.