Steeton v Oxenhope – Oxenhope’s Match Report

Action from Oxenhope's County Cup defeat at Steeton. Pictures: Simon Pickles

Action from Oxenhope’s County Cup defeat at Steeton.
Pictures: Simon Pickles

Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 10.13.22Steeton 3 Oxenhope 0
The long awaited local County Cup derby between Steeton and Oxenhope saw the home side progress to the quarter final stage and gain revenge for their defeat in the Keighley Cup earlier in the season.
A good sized crowd witnessed a scrappy cup tie at Summerhill Lane where neither team produced their best football and Oxenhope’s cause was not helped by giving away two own goals and having a player sent off.
Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 10.13.52In fact in the first half it was the visitors who looked the more threatening, even with two Steeton defenders assigned to mark Oxenhope’s talisman Michael Garnett.
Liam McNicoll won the ball, drove forwards into midfield, played a through ball to Ollie Metcalfe but his shot was direct at keeper Phil Rishton. Steeton’s Liam King then burst down field and his swerving shot produced a superb diving save from keeper Sam Lee to turn the ball round the post. Dan Moriarty then played in Metcalfe but his strike went wide.
Oxenhope looked in control with central defenders Scott Nelson and Dayne Ward comfortably handling Steeton’s front pairing.
Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 10.13.22Then a minute before the break, a bizarre own goal against the run of play, a corner from the right, saw the ball cannon off McNicol as he was defending the near post, wrong footing keeper Lee and squirm its way into the net.
Oxenhope continued to press after the break Tom Marshall used his pace down the left, threaded the ball through to Metcalfe but again Rishton thwarted his effort.
Midway through the second period the home side doubled their advantage, a long ball down the left by Rishton, a speculative cross by Lee Reilly to the far post and defender Ward stuck out a leg which deflected the ball beyond keeper Lee and rolled into the net.
Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 10.15.13McNicoll then put in a heavy challenge on Steeton skipper Damian Whiteoak, he was surrounded by green shirts and following the ensuing fracas saw the referee brandish a red card towards McNicol for a head-but, when it was he that was on the receiving end.
Steeton took full advantage of the extra man spraying the ball around and on 80 minutes a loose ball out of his area by keeper Lee was pounced upon by King and he deposited into the back of the net.
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5 thoughts on “Steeton v Oxenhope – Oxenhope’s Match Report

  1. I must have been watching a different game. Liam King, Patrick King or Andy king lol? A leg breaking challenge which in iitself warranted a red card. Also steeton seemed to be playing a sweeper system , which meant evrytime the ball was lumped to Garnett he was marked and then the missed balls mopped up by Rhodes the sweeper. Also witnessed some really bad sportsmanship at the end of the game from folk who are old enough to know better.

    • Like you say spectator, we must’ve been at a different game!
      Steeton’s tactics were spot on in terms of managing Garnett’s threat, as were Oxenhope’s in managing the returning Holmes. Despite giving the ball away too often in the first half, once Steeton got their noses in front Oxenhope never really looked a real threat IMO. Disappointed that Gaz Ritson didn’t start, as when I’ve seen him he’s looked good, plus an odd player on the bench that I thought would have been in the mix. I was generally disappointed with the game, and that Oxenhope didn’t seem to play with much fire in their bellies until 2-0 down and that nasty incident late on. Other than that NOT a typical local derby.
      Steeton should have a decent chance to progress in the next round too, to be fair.

      • Could not agree more with above comment!
        What more does the highly rated winger have to do.
        Team selection has always been a big issue at oxenhope.
        Gazzzy Ritson should get another chance he proved his quality in a friendly last week.
        TEAM GAZ

  2. I’m pretty sure most people would agree that the challenge between Nelson and Holmes was a much fairer one than that of Garnett and Rooke. Between weak refereeing and unsporting tactics, continuous intentional bookable offenses went unpunished which lead to the two tackles which caused unfortunate injury to the two Steeton players. Luckily Garnett didn’t gain serious injury but I wouldn’t have fancied swapping legs with him Sunday morning.

  3. Hard to disagree with the result because as they say Steeton’s tactics were good and Oxeenhope’s were clueless. If the bench had spent less time be-rating the referee & more on varying the tactics particularly tryimg to get the ball shorter to the front men instead of lumping it from the back , we might have had a chance ! The dismissal was fair for the tackle but the ref missed the head but & did have a poor game although both sides seemed to think not having offical linesman was a good excuse to put in some heavy tackles & moan at the ref. The Oxenhope bench looked strong with players who might make a difference we opted in stead to bring on a lad who seemed up for a fight and little else ! Good luck to Steeton’s , Oxenhope time for a re-think on your approach to the game and for the bench to set an example in terms of respect for referees , remember they are amateurs too !

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