Monthly Archives: March 2014

Speak spikes Phoenix’s progress

Keighley Phoenix 1 Crosshills 2
Derby honours went to Crosshills in the final match of the West Riding County FA Veterans west qualifying group at Marley.
The win means both teams have qualified for the quarter-finals against the top four from the east group.
Crosshills took the lead through Martin Goodson after he poked home from close range but a curled effort with the outside of his boot from Roy Mason levelled things on the stroke of half-time.
Stephen Speak clinched victory with 15 minutes to go.
Quarter-final draw:
Pro Football Support v Crosshills, at Leeds Trinity, Sunday, 6.30pm
Monday Nighters v Keighley Phoenix, venue tba, Sunday, 2pm
Thackley v Barley Villa, at St Mary’s, Menston, Monday, 8pm
Harrogate v Wortley, at Marley, Monday, 8pm

The week ahead: March 31-April 6

Monday, March 31
West Riding County FA Veterans, 8pm
Western Division: Keighley Phoenix v Crosshills.

Tuesday, April 1
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 6.30pm
Div 1: Cullingworth Yth v Aire Valley, Keighley Alb v Salts III.

Wednesday, April 2
North West Counties League, 8pm
Premier Division: Silsden v Runcorn Linnets.
Halifax League, 6.15pm
Division 1: Denholme Utd v Shelf Utd.

Thursday, April 3
West Riding County FA Challenge Cup, 7.30pm
Semi-final: Steeton v Goole United (County FA HQ, Woodlesford)
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 6.30pm
Div 1: Salts Res v Keighley Alb.

Saturday, April 5
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Runcorn Tn v Silsden.
Reserve Division: Silsden v Cheadle Tn.

West Yorkshire League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Horbury Tn.
Alliance 1: Old Headingley Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Storthes Hall v Steeton.
Division 1: Steeton Res v Tingley Ath.

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Today’s results: Sunday, March 30

Keighley FA Sunday Cup
Semi-final: Keighley Town 2 Crossflatts Village 2 (Town won on penalties and will play Bradford Phoenix in the final).
Bradford Sunday Alliance
Senior Cup, semi-finals: Sandy Ln 1 West Bowling 4, Buttershaw White Star 5 Bradford Phoenix 0.
Div 2B: Thornton Utd Res 2 Cartwright Lister 0.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League
Premier Division: Bingley FC Young Boys 1 Menston Tn 4, Idle Utd 1 Keighley Ath 3.
Division 1: Aire Valley 2 Salts Res 2, Cullingworth Yth 3 Moortown Alb 2.

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Nine-v-nine cup thriller settled with shoot-out

Crossflatts VIllage logoKeighley Town 2
Crossflatts Village 2
(Town win 5-4 on penalties)
A couple of goals from Leroy Hickman and a penalty save from Stuart Devlin in the shoot-out proved decisive as Keighley Town edged into the Keighley FA Sunday Cup final after 120 pulsating minutes of action.
Village made the short journey to Marley Stadium without  six of their regular starting XI, who were either injured or unavailable, and they had to play striker Graham Emsley despite the fact that he was struggling with a bad back.
Village didn’t have any substitutes to call on, and this became a problem as early as the second minute when centre back Joe Lunn was forced off because of a leg injury so the depleted team were down to 10 men, after a horrible challenge.
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All-Keighley cup final hopes are dashed

Action from Bradford Phoenix's cup semi-final defeat against Buttershaw. Pictures: Alex Daniel

Action from Bradford Phoenix’s cup semi-final defeat against Buttershaw.
Pictures: Alex Daniel

Screen shot 2014-03-31 at 10.44.34Hopes of an all Keighley Bradford Sunday Alliance Senior Cup final fell at the last hurdle.
While Sandy Lane were going down 4-1 at home to West Bowling, fellow Marley-based side Bradford Phoenix were crashing 5-0 at Buttershaw White Star.
Photographer Alex Daniel was at Rawdon Meadows to capture some of the semi-final action.
See more of his pictures, here.
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Sandy Lane run ends

Sandy Lane's Chris Mawson launches into a tackle against West Bowling. Picture: Telegraph & Argus. Click on picture to see more.

Sandy Lane’s Chris Mawson launches into a tackle against West Bowling.
Picture: Telegraph & Argus. Click on picture to see more.

Click the picture to read the T&A's Bradford Sunday Alliance round-up.

Click the picture to read the T&A’s Bradford Sunday Alliance round-up.

The T&A photographer was at Marley to capture the action from Sandy Lane’s 4-1 Bradford Sunday Alliance Senior Cup defeat to West Bowling.
The newspaper also carried pictures from Bradford Phoenix’s 5-0 semi-final reversal at Buttershaw, along with a full round-up of the league action.
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Burns is hot stuff for Athletic

Keighley AthleticIdle United 1
Keighley Athletic 3

The Athletes extended their winning streak to six games in the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League’s Premier Division.
A forgettable performance against understrength opposition saw Athletic thankful to captain Adam Burns.
Mark Hird scrambled the opener after a goalkeeping error but Athletic often lost their discipline and composure on a difficult, narrow pitch.
Amid the frustration centre-half Burns showed his class, first scoring with a speculative long-range effort before sealing the points with a superb free-kick.

Today’s fixtures: Sunday, March 30


Keighley FA Sunday Cup, 11am
Semi-final: Keighley Tn v Crossflatts Vill (winners play Bradford Phoenix).
Bradford Sunday Alliance, 11am
Senior Cup, semi-finals: Sandy Ln v West Bowling, Buttershaw White Star v Bradford Phoenix.
Div 2B: Thornton Utd Res v Cartwright Lister.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 11am
Premier Division: Bingley FC Young Boys v Menston Tn, Idle Utd v Keighley Ath.
Division 1: Aire Valley v Salts Res, Cullingworth Yth v Moortown Alb.

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Today’s results: Saturday, March 29

North West Counties League
Premier Division: Norton Utd 2 Silsden 0.
Reserve Division Cup, quarter-final: Silsden 0 Glossop NE 2.
West Yorkshire League
Premier Division: Hunslet Club 3 Oxenhope Rec 0.
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res 4 Hunslet Club Res 0.
West Riding County Amateur League
Premier Division: Steeton 0 Littletown 0.
Craven League
Premier Division: Cowling 3 Embsay 1.
Division 2: Crosshills Res v Earby Tn Res (postponed).
Division 3: Sutton v Settle Utd Res (postponed).
Northern Plant Hire Trophy, 3rd rnd: Grindleton 2 Cononley Sports 3.
Quarter-final: Silsden White Star v Wilsden Ath (postponed).
Premier Division Cup, quarter-final: Rolls 2 Crosshills 3.
Division 2 Cup, quarter-final: Cononley Sports Res v Bingley Tn (postponed).
Semi-final: Bradley 2 AFC Colne 2 (3-1 Pens).
Division 3 Cup, semi-final: Broomhill 2 Oxenhope Rec III 1.
Division 4 Cup, quarter-final: Ingrow & Worth Valley Res 3 Manningham All Stars 5.
Semi-final: Pendle Renegades Res 3 Bradley Res 1.
Halifax League
Division 1: Greetland Res 4 Denholme Utd 5.
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res 7 Sowerby Utd Res 0.
West Riding County FA, Minor Cup
Final:Wharfedale FA 3 Keighley FA u17 1.

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Keighley caught out on break

Goal! Euan Sessford equalises for Keighley. Pictures: Alex Daniel, unless stated.

Goal! Euan Sessford equalises for Keighley.
Pictures: Alex Daniel, unless stated.

Keighley celebrate their goal.

Keighley celebrate their goal.

Keighley FA u17 1 Wharfedale 3
See 290-plus pictures from the cup final on Alex Daniel’s website, here
Keighley’s amazing run in this season’s West Riding County FA Minor Cup ended in disappointment as they went down in the final in front of a large crowd at Woodlesford.
Although the defeat was hard to take, it has been an immense achievement and for long periods it was Keighley who were the dominant side.
Screen shot 2014-03-31 at 13.09.38It may have been a different story as Keighley came flying out of the blocks and after just 40 seconds Tom Baker (Keighley Shamrocks) got free in the box but saw his blistering effort tipped over the bar – either side of the keeper would have given Keighley a dream start.
Keighley did not let up with the midfield quartet of Dominic Mortimer (Steeton), Harry McGowan (Shamrocks), Jonson Butterfield (Steeton), and Baker controlling the game and after 10 minutes Butterfield again could have opened the scoring but saw the keeper save well from his low shot.
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Silsden fail to upset title favourites

SilsdenNorton United 2 Silsden 0
by Jim Rosser

Following a heavy defeat at the hands of Runcorn Town a week ago, the Cobbydalers faced the daunting task of facing promotion favourites Norton United at the Autonet Stadium.
The Potteries’ outfit boast the second meanest defence in the Premier Division of the North West Counties League and had won 15 of their last 16 games.
Silsden are one of only five teams to have beaten them in the league this season.
Despite thunder and lightning on Friday in Staffordshire, the pitch was dry and the bounce was high, a factor which kept the Cobbydalers in the game when dipping volleys bounced on to the Silsden cross bar on two occasions.
On their last visit to Norton, the Cobbydalers were two down after only three minutes and it was almost deja-vu this time around.
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Silsden run leaders close

Silsden Reserves on the ball against Glossop. Pictures: David S Brett.

Silsden Reserves on the ball against Glossop.
Pictures: David S Brett.

SilsResGNE3Silsden Reserves 0 Glossop NE 2
See more of David S Brett’s pictures, here.
After misery midweek in the North West Counties League Trophy, Silsden were looking to bounce back and be on the right side of the result against inform Glossop, the Reserve Division table-toppers in the League Cup.
Silsden started brightly and were looking comfortable.
With Glossop playing five through the midfield, Danny Nazir and Tom Sowerbutts started to get overrun, causing gaps throughout the Silsden midfield and full back areas.
SilsGNEbTom Palmer and Declan Consoli contained them well for 15-20 minutes but then Glossop started to move the ball quicker into the gaps,
Silsden were put on the back foot for a 10-minute spell, with the visitors creating a couple of openings but nothing too threatening.
The opening goal came after Geary was adjudged to have held back a Glossop striker. The free-kick took a deflection off the wall and left keeper Wayne Mahomet stranded as it looped into the corner.
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Denholme hit goal trail in relegation battle

Master blaster: Jack Harrison goes for goal for Denholme in their 7-0 win over Sowerby United.

Master blaster: Jack Harrison goes for goal for Denholme in their 7-0 win over Sowerby United.

Screen shot 2014-03-31 at 14.27.47Denholme United Reserves 7
Sowerby United Reserves 0

Denholme made it two wins in a row to keep alive their hopes of beating the drop from Division Two of the Halifax League.
Jack Harrison, Guy Flanagan, Damo Allen 2, Stevie George 2 and Lea Kelley made it 12 goals in two games for the Foster Park outfit.
See more pictures on the Denholme Facebook page, here.
Damo Allen lines up his first goal.

Damo Allen lines up his first goal.

Second-half collapse costs Oxenhope

Oxenhope Rec logoHunslet Club 3
Oxenhope Rec 0

Oxenhope’s recent run of good West Yorkshire League Premier Division form came to an abrupt end with a lethargic second half performance at Hunslet.
However, they could have had the game won by half-time, except for spurning several good chances.
The visitors’ defence soaked up the early pressure as the home side bombarded them with long balls.
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Brealey steps in to push promotion challenge

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec Reserves 4
Hunslet Club Reserves 0

With manager Rick Cummins unavailable, Oxenhope legend Paul Brealey stepped into the void to add his knowledge and experience to  the second string’s West Yorkshire League Alliance One title push.
The top of the table clash with Hunslet ended with Oxenhope deserved winners.
Liam Blacka opened the scoring with a brilliant diving header at the far post, converting James Bailey’s pin-point free-kick.
Bailey made it two when he smashed a pass from Ellis Atha into the roof of the net.
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