Monthly Archives: February 2014

Steeton hope to bloom against ‘red rose’ side

Roy Mason, centre, congratulates his team during their victory over Oxenhope in the last round. Pictures: Simon Pickles

Roy Mason, centre, congratulates his team during their victory over Oxenhope in the last round.
Pictures: Simon Pickles

Joy for the Chevrons against Oxenhope.

Joy for the Chevrons against Oxenhope.

Steeton are hoping for a big crowd tomorrow when they welcome ‘red rose’ visitors in the quarter-final of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup, 1pm.
Visitors to Summerhill Lane for the last-eight tie are Brighouse Town Reserves, who play in the Lancashire League. The development side of the Northern Counties East League big guns are one of eight Yorkshire teams playing the wrong side of the Pennines in the competition and are unbeaten after 11 games, trailing leaders FC United of Manchester by a point.
Chevrons boss Roy Mason is hopeful his West Riding County Amateur League side will make more history as their best-ever run in the competition continues.
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Ingrow are rockin’ on

Ingrow & WV rock n rollIngrow & Worth Valley are holding a rock ‘n’ roll fund-raising bingo night next Saturday, March 8.
It is at The Three Horses, Fell Lane, Keighley, 7.30pm. 
There will be fun, games, drinks and prizes to be won within music style bingo games.
Everyone is welcome to go along and enjoy the fun.
All proceeds will go to the Craven League football club.

Silsden so close to great comeback

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Silsden Juniors u13A 3

A terrific second-half comeback so nearly earned a draw that Silsden’s efforts thoroughly deserved.
Playing against a strong wind in the first half, Silsden comfortably played the better football, getting the ball on the deck and passing it around.
The defence, well marshalled by Joe Fisher, featuring an outstanding Amaan Arif at centre-back, and exceptional shot-stopping from keeper Ed Washington, dealt relatively easily with BPA’s long ball tactics and came close to breaking the deadlock thanks to some attractive build-up play through midfield.
Owen Jacobs and influential midfielder Will Shaw both went close, but Silsden went one down to a contentious goal that could easily have been ruled out for offside 10 minutes before half-time.
Disaster struck with a second, quickly followed by a third thanks a superb strike from BPA just before half-time.
Heads refused to drop and Silsden came out for the second half with serious intent to get back into the game.
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Darren puts heart into fund-raising fives

BHF charity 5s

Action from last year's event.

Action from last year’s event.

A charity five-a-side tournament is being held at Marley in May and teams are being invited to enter now.
Darren Gilmartin ran a similar event last year and raised more than £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
Twelve teams entered that event, which was won by FC on 1, beating Great Northern Youth 2-0 in the final, and Darren is hoping for more this year.
It takes place on Saturday, May 31, and teams can enter by calling Darren on 0781 7599017.
Winning teams will receive tickets for Bingley Music Live and a winners’ trophy, with shields and medals and player of tournament trophy also to be won.
Darren survived a heart attack a year earlier and wanted to do something to help the BHF. The tournament was followed by a raffle and auction at the Great Northern pub at Ingrow.

Saddling up for hospice

Race Night graphicCullingworth Youth have switched the date for their race night at the Golden Fleece in Harden.
The event, in association with Sue Ryder Cancer Care Manorlands Hospice, was due to take place on March 8 but has been switched to Saturday, April 12, 7pm.
The hospice has agreed to become the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League’s affiliated charity and the club are looking forward to a long and successful relationship with a variety of fund-raising events being planned.

Oxenhope plan to turn to youth

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec are making a return to youth football, several years after a junior team last represented the village.
Next season will see Oxenhope playing at u17/18 level for the first time for about 13 years.
The team will be made up of local youngsters already at the club plus the bulk of this season’s Oakworth Juniors u16s squad and are expected to play their games at Marley until the problems with the Centenary pitch are sorted.
Current Oakworth u16s manager Paul Scott will manage the side, who have yet to decide which league they will be applying to join.
The last junior team run by Oxenhope produced players such as Chris Day and Ben White and played on the Slope under Colin Day.

Sporting’s appeal is rejected

FC Sporting Keighley logoFC Sporting Keighley’s hopes of a boost in their push for promotion from Division Three of the Craven League have been dashed.
Although the Marley-based club have three points from their abandoned match against Sutton in October to be added to their tally, they have had their appeal against fielding an illegible player against Settle United Reserves in September rejected.
Sporting won the match 4-1 but one of their team had not signed the league registration form and so the result was reversed.
The club went to the West Riding County FA last night to make their case and plead mitigation.
The form had been completed and, although the FA agreed the player had been registered, the lack of a signature meant it was invalid.
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Still lots to sort in cup draws

Cup hopes: Wilsden Athletic are just two wins away from regaining the Northern Plant Hire Trophy they won in 2012.

Cup hopes: Wilsden Athletic are just two wins away from regaining the Northern Plant Hire Trophy they won in 2012.

The draws have been made for the next stage of the various Craven League cups.
In the Northern Plant Hire Trophy, the quarter-finals are still up in the air due to various postponements from the earlier rounds.
The only confirmed tie is Silsden White Star at home to 2012 winners Wilsden Athletic, but no date has yet been set.
Also through are Gargrave, who will be at home to Rolls or holders Cowling; Skipton LMS, at home to Grindleton or Cononley Sports; and Trawden Celtic, at home to Crosshills or AFC Colne.
It is even more confusing in the Premier Division Cup with the semi-finals seeing Cowling at home to Rolls or the winners of the first-round tie between Grindleton and Crosshills in one and Cononley Sports or Skipton LMS hosting Trawden Celtic in the other.
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It’s still raining goals for Gaughan

Gaughans Down Under: Joe and Andy Gaughan at Stop Out FC

Gaughans Down Under: Joe and Andy Gaughan at Stop Out FC

While we’re drowning under the incessant downpour, it’s raining goals again for Silsden old boy Joe Gaughan.
Gaughan rattled in 27 goals last season for New Zealand side Stop Out FC and began the new campaign yesterday with a hat-trick.
He grabbed his treble as Stop Out beat Upper Hutt City in their opening match in the Hilton Petone Cup in Wellington and said: “It was a lovely start to pre-season. A 6-1 win and a hat-trick to go with it. Onwards and upwards.”
A bonus for Gaughan, 20, came from the sidelines where his dad Andy, Silsden u19s’ co-manager, was watching during a stay Down Under.
Petone CupThe win puts Stop Out top of Group One in Division One of the 12-team tournament.
They play Lower Hutt City next Sunday with the rest of their programme taking in Miramar Rangers, Waterside Karori and Marist. The final is on March 30.

The week ahead: February 24-March 2

Wednesday, February 26
West Riding County FA u21 Floodlit League, 8pm
West Division: Salts Res v Bingley Juniors (at Thornton Grammar).

Saturday, March 1
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Silsden v AFC Liverpool.

West Riding CFA Challenge Cup, 1pm
Quarter-final: Steeton v Brighouse Tn Res.

West Yorkshire League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Shelley.
League Trophy, quarter-final: Hunslet Club Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.

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

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Sporting hoping for off-field promotion boost

Screen shot 2014-02-23 at 17.36.38FC Sporting Keighley are keeping their fingers crossed that they will be six points better off tomorrow evening, without playing a game.
The Craven League Division Three promotion chasers have been awarded three points for their abandoned match against Sutton in October.
They were 4-0 ahead when the referee called a halt and the league committee have now awarded them a win but the table is not yet updated.
FC Sporting Keighley logoThen tomorrow they will be seeking to get their annulled 4-1 win over Settle in September overturned.
They fielded an illegible player but will make their case to the West Riding County FA that he had been signed.
Should they succeed, it will turn the promotion race on its head.
Sporting are currently fourth but six more points would push them up to second, ahead of Keighley rivals Oxenhope Rec Thirds and Broomhill, who they are due to play a week on Saturday.

Bealey-Kay double helps Crosshills to top of table

Crosshills logoSandy Lane 1 Crosshills 5
As the Craven, Aire and Wharfe Junior League U15 Division B season nears its end, Crosshills regained top spot in dominating style against fellow contenders Sandy Lane.
Neither side showed style or finesse in the first half as the windy conditions proved difficult.
George Slingsby broke the deadlock after 27 minutes when scrappy defending allowed him the opportunity to let fly with his left boot.
As the wind died down in the second half, Sandy Lane started to press but resilient defending and the knowledge of speed on the break, Crosshills extended their lead with two fine goals from Cameron Bealey-Kay and an own goal.
With 15 minutes left, Sandy Lane’s pressure told as the tired legs of the Crosshills’ defence allowed them a rare opportunity through on goal, which they took with ease.
Crosshills switched players at regular intervals to maintain freshness in midfield and attack, this proved decisive in the game and Connor Pepper broke through to finish the game off with a late strike.

Today’s results: Sunday, February 23

Bradford Sunday Alliance
Prem Div: Thornton Utd 1 Sandy Ln 0.
Div 1: Cuedos Rgrs 0 Bradford Phoenix 5.
Div 2B: Cartwright Lister 8 Second West 2.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League
Premier Division: Crossflatts Vill 5 Salts 2, Keighley Tn 1 Ilkley Dynamo 4, Shipley Tn 1 Bingley FC YB 1.
Division 1: Cullingworth Yth 7 Milford 0, Horsforth St Marg 2 Aire Valley 0, Keighley Alb 1 Cookridge Hall 5.
Senior Cup, 2nd rnd: Otley Tavern 3 Keighley Ath 6.
West Riding County Women’s League
Knockout Cup, quarter-final: Harrogate Railway 2 Silsden 1.

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Perfect start continues for Cullingworth

Cullingworth Youth logoCullingworth Youth 7 Milford 0
Cullingworth made it unlucky for some as a seven-goal haul brought up their 13th straight win of the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League Division One season.
Luke Broadbent weighed in with a hat-trick and Sam Fox struck twice with Josh Ellison and Andy Wayper completing things to put their side 10 points clear at the top of the table, and with two games in hand.

Crossflatts blow in to keep title hopes alive

Crossflatts Village 5 Salts 2
Crossflatts Village remained in the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League title reckoning thanks to victory over 10-man Salts FC at Crossflatts Recreational Ground.
On a bobbly pitch that wasn’t conducive to the home side’s usual short, slick passing style, Village adopted some direct tactics from the start in an attempt to take advantage of the wind and the extra man.
The tactics paid dividends after a wave of heavy possession in the 12th minute when influential midfielder Matthew Bentham, now fully match fit after a spate of career-threatening injuries, intelligently played the ball into the Salts box where Michael Garnett was on hand to drive the ball home from a wide angle.
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