Monthly Archives: March 2014

Cowling turn cup form into league points

Cowling's Ben Brown launches into a tackle against Embsay. Picture: Keighley News. Click the picture for the full Keighley News Craven League round-up.

Cowling’s Ben Brown launches into a tackle against Embsay. Picture: Keighley News. Click the picture for the full Keighley News Craven League round-up.

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Cowling climbed out of the bottom two of the Craven League Premier Division thanks to goals from Jacob Hough, Alex Tudhope and substitute Rhys Thomas.
It was their first league win since November 9, although they have marched on in knockout competitions. reaching the semi-final of the Premier Division Cup and last eight of the Northern Plant Hire Trophy.
Ryan Buckley was man of the match.

Dewhirst leaves it late for cup winner

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Crosshills moved into the Craven League Premier Division Cup semi-finals after a late winner from Ben Dewhirst secured them a trip to Cowling.
Hills took control on a windy field. with goalkeeper Sam Smith’s kicks causing havoc for the home defence.
I was a long through ball that broke the deadlock when Joe Ridding split the defence for top scorer Andy North to head home.
Hills got another soon after when captain Scott Newton scored an audacious chip from 40 yards.
Hills continued to press but it was the home side who scored after Hills failed to clear.
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Monkhouse is home hero for final date

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(Bradley win 3-1 on penalties).
Bradley met league leaders Colne for the second week running, this time in the Craven League Division Two Cup semi-final.
Then sots were attempting to gain revenge for their league defeat the previous Saturday but needed a penalty shoot-out to do so.
The pitch had recovered well and this made for an entertaining game with great football played by both sides.
Bradley dominated the first half and took the lead from the ever reliable Rob Watson.
Bradley searched for a second before half-time but were unable to capitalise on their chances.
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Final joy for Broomhill

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Second half goals from Joe Park and Aaron Whitaker saw Broomhill hit back from behind to see off their fellow promotion chasers in the Craven League Division Three Cup.
Oxenhope took the lead midway through the first half when Tony Cooper ran on to a through ball and drove the ball back across goal and into the net.
The visitors had several chances to extend their advantage with Andy Fox, Grez Robinson and Cooper all going close.
Oxenhope Rec logoOn the hour the game turned when a free-kick looped beyond keeper Pete Gower, hit the far post and into the net.
This lifted Broomhill and they piled on the pressure and with 10 minutes to go they scored their second and held out to the final whistle to earn a place in the final against Grindleton Reserves.
Patrick King was the home man of the match with Graham Robinson taking the Oxenhope honours.

Steamers run ends

Ingrow & WVIngrow & Worth Valley Reserves 3
Manningham All Stars 5

Ingrow’s hopes of silverware were ended as they lost in the Craven League Division Four Cup quarter-final.
Liam Baker, Chris Wheater and Martin Coleman were on target for the hosts.

Wademan proves a perfect fit in Tasmania

Hit man: Two games, six goals.

Hit man: Two games, six goals.

Two games into his career Down Under and already Silsden’s Chris Wademan is earning the plaudits.
After hitting two goals on his debut in a pre-season cup tournament, Wademan cracked in another four on his league debut in Tasmania as Riverside Olympic hammered Burnie United 7-0 in their Northern Premier League opener.
Olympic chairman Mark Poulson said: “The Riverside boys are loving his quality and mostly his attitude.
“He fits in well as a person and a player.”
It took Wademan less than a minute to make his mark. Barely 10 seconds into the game he was fouled and converted the resulting penalty.
He doubled his tally five minutes later but missed the chance of a hat-trick when he hit the bar with another penalty.
The hosts led 3-0 at half-time and Wademan struck the fourth before a sending-off for each team reduced the match to 10 a side.
Another red card saw Burnie go down to nine and Riverside took full advantage with Wademan again among the scorers as they hit another three.
Next week Olympic travel to Devonport, who won 4-3 at Ulverstone in their opener.

Today’s fixtures: Saturday, March 29

North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Norton Utd v Silsden.
Reserve Division Cup, quarter-final: Silsden v Glossop NE.
West Yorkshire League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Hunslet Club v Oxenhope Rec.
Alliance 1: Oxenhope Rec Res v Hunslet Club Res.
West Riding County Amateur League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Steeton v Littletown.
Craven League, 1.30pm
Premier Division: Cowling v Embsay (2pm).
Division 2: Crosshills Res v Earby Tn Res (2pm).
Division 3: Sutton v Settle Utd Res (postponed).
Northern Plant Hire Trophy, 3rd rnd: Grindleton v Cononley Sports.
Quarter-final: Silsden White Star v Wilsden Ath (postponed).
Premier Division Cup, quarter-final: Rolls v Crosshills.
Division 2 Cup, quarter-final: Cononley Sports Res v Bingley Tn.
Semi-final: Bradley v AFC Colne.
Division 3 Cup, semi-final: Broomhill v Oxenhope Rec III.
Division 4 Cup, quarter-final: Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Manningham All Stars.
Semi-final: Pendle Renegades Res v Bradley Res.
Halifax League, 2.30pm
Division 1: Greetland Res v Denholme Utd.
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res v Sowerby Utd Res.
West Riding County FA, Minor Cup, 2pm
Final:Wharfedale FA v Keighley FA u17 (at County HQ, Woodlesford).

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Cup spying incentive for Steeton

Action from last night's first semi-final in the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup between Field and Ovenden. Picture: Alex Daniel

Action from last night’s first semi-final in the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup between Field and Ovenden.
Picture: Alex Daniel

Steeton have been given the chance of a handy spying mission should they be successful in next week’s West Riding County FA Challenge Cup semi-final against Goole United.
Field won last night’s first semi-final 2-1 against 2009 winners Ovenden WR at Woodlesford.
The final will be on May 19, just five days after Field are due to travel to Oxenhope Rec in the West Yorkshire League.
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Team of the Week: Keighley FA u17s

Good luck boys: Keighley's class of 2014 are going for glory in the West Riding County FA Minor Cup tomorrow.

Good luck boys: Keighley’s class of 2014 are going for glory in the West Riding County FA Minor Cup tomorrow.

It’s a big day for Keighley FA u17s tomorrow and, to mark their appearance in the final of the West Riding County FA Minor Cup final, they are this week’s Keighley Kicks Team of the Week.
They take on neighbours Wharfedale FA at County HQ in Woodlesford, 2pm, aiming to bring the trophy back to Keighley for only the fifth time in its 84-year history.
Top class: Action from Keighley's 2006 final win over Heavy Woollen. Picture: David S Brett

Top class: Action from Keighley’s 2006 final win over Heavy Woollen.
Picture: David S Brett

Remarkably, the two teams go into the clash having finished runners-up in their qualifying groups, putting out the winners in their semi-finals – Keighley 3-2 against holders Barkston Ash, and Wharfedale 1-0 against Huddersfield.
Wharfedale are virtual novices at this level, having only won the competition once before, way back in 1968 when future Yorkshire and England wicket-keeper David Bairstow’s semi-final goal put them through to a victorious meeting with Heavy Woollen.
All four of Keighley’s wins have come since then, being crowned county kings in 1980, 1990, 1995 and 2006.
Minor Cup winnersVictory tomorrow would push Keighley into the top five of the 13 district FAs that have competed for the cup, despite having one of the smallest catchment areas. They are well adrift of top side Leeds though, who have won it 23 times since Craven won the first one in 1929.
Wharfedale will be no strangers to Keighley, with the teams having been in the same qualifying group many times, including the last two seasons when Keighley came out on top 4-1 in Otley and 2-1 at Silsden last January on their way to a semi-final defeat against Leeds.
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Lee gets top honour and Wembley date

League best: Tommy Lee

League best: Tommy Lee

Way to go: Tommy Lee is heading back to Wembley

Way to go: Tommy Lee is heading back to Wembley

Oakworth Juniors old boy Tommy Lee is heading for a week to remember after a season of outstanding displays.
The Chesterfield goalkeeper will be playing at Wembley on Sunday as the Spireites take on Peterborough United in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and he has also been named in the League Two top 10 players of the season in the Football League Awards. Based on votes by club managers, Lee came eighth overall.
Sunday will bring Lee’s second appearance beneath the famous arch in just three seasons after helping the Derbyshire side to victory in the same competition in 2012.
They have seen off Mansfield Town, when Lee making a crucial save in stoppage time, and Rochdale, before the Keighley-born shot-stopper took centre stage in the area semi-final with some heroics in a penalty shoot-out victory over Oldham Athletic.
A two-legged Northern Final victory over Fleetwood confirmed a return visit the the nation’s football capital and Chesterfield will have more than 13,000 fans backing them on their trip south to take on Posh.

Veterans sign up for Storton action

Action from last year's tournament.

Action from last year’s tournament. Pictures: David S Brett.

Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 17.02.21A veterans competition is being run as part of this year’s annual Tom Storton Memorial Tournament at Silsden, to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.
Action takes place on Sunday, June 29, with the veterans league ensuring all Tom’s old pals and workmates will be able to compete.
The main open-age tournament will consist of 24 teams, split into four groups with the top two from each going through to the knockout stages.
Storton1All last year’s teams are automatically invited and veteran team managers should contact Andy Gaughan via the tournament’s Facebook page, here, call 07989 523585 or email Andy, here.
Veteran players must be over 35 to qualify.
Registration will be at 9.30am with action getting under way at 10am.
The six-a-side tournament is run in memory of Paul ‘Tom’ Storton, a popular player with Keighley Lifts, Keighley Juniors and Keighley Shamrocks, and all money raised goes to charities chosen by his family.
See 300-plus of David S Brett’s pictures from last year’s tournament, here.
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Nazir strike is slim reward

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Silsden suffered a narrow defeat at Padiham in the North A Group of the North West Counties League’s Reserve Division Trophy.
The visitors played the better football but failed to create enough clear chances and had only Danny Nazir’s late strike to show for their efforts.
Padiham opened the scoring on the hour mark from a breakaway and doubled the advantage as Silsden pushed forward for an equaliser.
The Cobbydalers were reduced to 10 men when Joe Jalil was sent off.
Despite that, they continued to dictate play with the closing stages seeing both teams going close in an end to end contest.

Women’s football interviewees needed

Pictures: Courtesy Alex Dodd. See more at

Pictures: Courtesy Alex Dodd. See more at

A tussle for the ball in midfield, Keighley vs Harrogate Railway.Are you involved in women’s football, either as a player or member of the management/coaching team?
If so, a Keighley student is keen to speak to you.
Beth Reece, from Oakworth, is studying a Sport, Leisure and Culture BA (Hons) degree at Leeds Metropolitan University and is seeking help from her home town to complete a dissertion.
Beth wants to interview about eight female players, plus two males who have a role within a female team, preferably the coach and manager.
A fan of local football, the former Oakbank pupil used to play at school and watches her brother, who plays for Long Lee u18s, and her boyfriend, Steeton player Arley Barnes.
Beth said: “I would like to interview the people to examine the problems and possibilities related to the development of women’s football.
“The interview will last about 30 minutes and will be recorded so that I can faithfully report what I am told.
“I will share some of what you say with my tutors and, with the interviewee’s approval, use what they say in my final report.”
However, Beth is keen to say the interviews will be confidential and real names will not be used in the final work.”
If you can help Beth with her work, contact her via email at
For further information about the nature of the course, call Anne Flintoff on 0113 812 6148.

Steampigs aim to keep it in the family

Ingrow & WVA Craven League club is looking to get more people in the family way.
But there is nothing untoward about the request from Ingrow & Worth Valley.
They are merely looking for new managers for their first and second teams for next season, to join their “family” club.
The Steampigs are looking to restructure following the announcement of departure of both teams’ managers at the end of this season.
Due to relocation and work commitments, Kevin Marsh and Rye Bailey have confirmed they are unable to offer their services for the first team in Division Two next season, while, after managing the second team since their creation, Dave Harman has decided to step down from the Division Four side.

Jack of all trades: Secretary Sean Kelly is keen to get more help on the Steamers committee.

Jack of all trades: Secretary Sean Kelly is keen to get more help on the Steamers committee.

Club secretary Sean Kelly has his work cut out to replace the outgoing management but said: “Ingrow have the potential to build on an already trophy-laden six seasons since we were formed. Although there have been difficult times, we look forward to a bright future.”
Although it came as a shock that the managers were leaving, Kelly feels a change would be good in the club set-up.
“Change is necessary sometimes and we’re looking at hopefully having some outside interest in the roles.
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Oakworth are Oakbank cup kings

Click to read the full report and order a photo on the Keighley News website.

Click to read the full report and order a photo on the Keighley News website.

Oakworth Primary School had a star player in their midst as they were crowned local cup kings.
The u9s team were crowned champions of the Oakbank School Primary Football League and presented with their silverware by Bradford City midfielder Chris Atkinson, who is on loan from Huddersfield Town.
Oakworth won their way through qualifying rounds to reach the finals, where they beat Worth Valley (3-1), Victoria (2-1), St Stephen’s (3-0) and St Andrew’s (4-0), drawing 1-1 with Hothfield to finish top of the table on 14 points.
Chris Atkinson handed over the medals.

Chris Atkinson handed over the medals.

Runners-up were St Stephen’s, who won three matches to gain 12 points, one ahead of third-placed Victoria.
The tournament was run by Oakbank sports partnership manager Steve Bell with help from the school’s sports leaders.

Sponsor needed to get Steeton’s fans to cup semi-final

Warming up for the cup: Steeton have scarves on sale for their county cup semi-final.

Warming up for the cup: Steeton have scarves on sale for their county cup semi-final.

The excitement is growing as Steeton’s big game date draws closer.
Goole United are The Chevrons opponents in the semi-final of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup at Woodlesford next Thursday (April 3) and the West Riding County Amateur League side have already filled one supporters’ coach.
Bookings are being taken for a second, and it is filling up quickly, but a sponsor is needed to ensure it can travel.
Any local businesses interested in supporting the club with the £100 cost should contact or call 07811 393213.
Tickets are £7 and available from The Old Star, Steeton Newsagents, Keighley Liberal Club and the Soldier and Sailors Club.
Team manager Roy Mason said: “There must be a local company wanting to get behind us for this game.
“The club needs all the support it can. Let’s get the whole of the Keighley area behind us both from a public and business perspective.”
Steeton are also selling scarves, priced £8 from the Old Star, for their big game, which kicks off at 7.30pm at the County HQ ground.
Steeton’s route to the final has brought victories over Denholme United (7-0), Alwoodley (6-4), Beeston St Anthony’s (2-1), Oxenhope Rec (3-0) and Brighouse Town Reserves (3-0), while Humber Premier League side Goole have seen off Glasshoughton Welfare Reserves (4-0), Shelf United (3-1), Hunslet Club (2-1) and Leeds City (2-1).
Ovenden West Riding take on Field in the other semi-final, which is due to be played this Thursday.
The final is on Monday, May 19, 7.30pm.

Rams are spot on for bonus victory

On the spot: Patrick Sherry lines up his penalty kick.

On the spot: Patrick Sherry lines up his penalty kick.

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Burley Trojans u8 2 Silsden Rams 3

Not a game of two halves but a game of two games as sporting Burley suggested a penalty shoot-out after the final whistle as they were leading 9-0 at the end of the third quarter.
Silsden had only seven players signed on and lost two of those before a ball was kicked due to illness.
Fortunately, the other two under 8s teams were also playing at Burley and Chloe Hodge and pocket dynamo Jake Welford volunteered to play a second game just 10 minutes after their game had finished.
Silsden met Burley Trojans having a real purple patch of form, as Silsden stand in goalie Finlay Whitaker-Dibb found in the first quarter, picking the ball out of the net twice.
Sam Fearnley and Hodge both had only a couple of long range chances.
The second quarter did go a tad better with once again the same pair having shots saved but the Trojans hit three more goals.
Silsden started the third quarter much brighter, Welford took over in goal, freeing Whitaker-Dibb to take up his customary position in midfield with the hard working Oscar Reardon, and made two great saves from the relentless Trojan pressure.
Patrick Sherry put in his usual hard working shift in defence and he and Finlay Smith broke down many Trojan attacks but Silsden still went in on the quarter’s whistle 9-0 down, and a man down as Reardon took a knock and had to come off.
At the start of the last quarter, Welford made a string of saves and a pass out from him found Sherry who passed to Smith and his through ball to Reardon went to Hodge on the wing.
She found Fearnley at the edge of the box but, as he drew back his foot to shoot, he was bustled over and the referee gave a penalty. The move saw every team-mate touch the ball and a goal would have been richly deserved.
Fearnley cooly hammered the ball into the Burley net, giving the sprawling goalkeeper no chance.
Burley scored with almost the last kick of the game, giving them a very well deserved 10 – 1 victory.
The match over, Silsden had a point to prove in the penalty shoot-out, the hero being Welford, who saved four of the Burley penalties and then stepped up to score one himself along with Smith and a winning penalty by goal machine Fearnley.
The Silsden following applauded both teams off the field and praised the sportsmanship and friendliness of the Burley Trojan team and officials.
Patrick Sherry lines up his penalty kick.