West Riding County Amateur League
Premier Division: Salts 3 Steeton 1.
Division 2: Cononley Sports Res 5 Crosshills Res 1.
Division 3 Cup, final: Broomhill 1 Grindleton Res 1 (Grindleton won 5-3 on penalties).
Northern u19 Alliance
West Division: Thackley v Silsden (postponed).
Grindleton Reserves 1
(Grindleton win 5-3 on penalties)
A faultless display of penalty taking by Grindleton saw Broomhill fall at the last hurdle in their quest for silverware in their inaugural season.
The Craven League Division Three Cup final at Sandylands ended all square after David Rhodes netted an 88th-minute equaliser for the Keighley side.
But after the first seven penalties had been scored, Joe Park’s shot was saved and Grindleton rattled in their fifth to take the cup 5-3 in the shoot-out.
That capped an amazing night of football, which had everything for the busy sidelines of supporters to cheer about.
The opening 20 minutes was 50/50 with both sides having chances.
Jake Yaxley had to be at his best to fingertip a shot round a post in the early stages.
Park had a stand-out performance from left back and his experience playing in big games with Steeton and Long Lee settled the nerves early on.
Steeton were left to rue two debatable refereeing decisions as they let slip an early lead in their West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division game.
Tim Hird put Steeton ahead but the game changed on its head with a penalty awarded to the home side, who levelled from the spot.
Lee Reilly was then felled in the box but nothing was given and Salts broke away to go 2-1 ahead before a late goal sealed the points.
Cononley Sports Reserves 5 Crosshills 1
Cononley completed their Craven League Division Two season in sixth place, thanks to a comfortable victory over neighbours Crosshills.
It leaves their visitors with just two games remaining to pick up their first points of a season to forget.
Cononley, without the inspirational Rob Slater, were still too strong for Hills and ran clear with goals from Mark Woodward 2, Andrew Hudson, Nick Kaminski and Colin Throupe.
Jack Matthews was man of the match for Crosshills.
Keighley’s Matty Pearson was centre stage as FC Halifax Town earned a slender first leg advantage over Cambridge United in the first leg of their Skrill Conference play-off semi-final this evening.
He was pushed in the area with seven minutes to go and Lee Gregory fired home the penalty for the only goal of the game.
Pearson picked up a yellow card, his third booking of the season against the Us.
The second leg is at Cambridge on Sunday. Grimsby Town host Gateshead in the other first leg tomorrow.
Organiser Darren Gilmartin is making a final call for teams to complete the 20-team entry list for the event on Saturday, May 31.
Twelve teams entered last year’s competition, which raised more than £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
To enter, call Darren on 0781 7599017.
Winning teams will receive tickets for Bingley Music Live and a trophy, with shields, medals and a player of tournament trophy also to be won.
An auction after the tournament has some star prizes up for grabs.
It will be held in The Great Northern, when a selection of items for men and women of all ages will be auctioned off.
As well as signed and framed Leeds United, Liverpool and Chelsea football shirts, there are also ones from Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants.
Also on offer are pamper hampers, an FCUK set, make-up, kids’ Leeds United, Man United and England shirts plus vouchers and bottles of drink.
Broomhill could create a slice of history in tonight’s Craven League Division Three Cup final as they aim to lift silverware in their first season.
They face in-form Grindleton Reserves, who finished the season two points behind Broomhill after winning five of their last seven games.
The last time the sides met was last month and the 0-0 stalemate ended Broomhill’s promotion chance.
The Badgers have had a rollcoaster of a season and the League Cup is all that’s left to play for. They had remained unbeaten in the league until December when they lost to Grassington 3-2 but they ended the season unbeaten at home.
Broomhill have seen off the challenges of FC Sporting Keighley 3-2, Sutton 3-1 and Oxenhope Rec III 2-1 in the semi-final, while Grindleton’s victims have been Settle United Reserves and Salts III, both 3-1.
Matty Pearson is in action for FC Halifax Town this evening in the first leg of the Skrill Conference play-offs with the prize of a place in the top ranks at stake.
Should the Shaymen see off the challenge of Cambridge United after Sunday’s away leg, they will meet Grimsby Town or Gateshead for a place among the game’s elite 92 clubs.
It will be a swift return to the professional ranks for Pearson, 20, who was released by Rochdale last summer.
Pearson told the Halifax website: “The play-offs are a huge achievement for any team, let alone a part-time football club. It’s been an unbelievable season. It’s massive for everyone.
“It’s a chance to finally get in the League and for the club and for the players it’s a great achievement.
“I just hope it goes how we want it to go and we can hopefully get to go to Wembley. Hopefully we can get the results and in two months’ time we can be getting ready for pre-season in League Two.
Grassington United 0 Cononley Sports 1
(aet, 90 mins 0-0)
An extra-time strike from Mark Bradley was enough to earn Cononley a place in Friday’s Craven FA Morrison Cup final.
They will meet Craven League Division One side Hellifield Sports at Sandylands, Skipton, 6.30pm, to complete a hectic week.
As well as tonight’s cup semi-final replay, Cononley also played on Monday at Crosshills in the Premier Division of the Craven League.
Hellifield, who finished their league season with a 9-0 hammering of bottom club Pendle on Saturday, reached the final with victories over Dent and Barnoldswick Town Reserves.
Cononley’s passage brought a win over Pendle Renegades before their semi-final success.
Denholme United have been given a bonus to complete their Halifax League season.
The Foster Park club have been awarded a 3-2 win at Ryburn United Reserves after the Division One match two weeks ago was abandoned after 55 minutes.
Denholme were ahead when Peter Wright suffered a broken leg and the match was called off.
The league management committee met last night and ruled the result would stand.
It made no difference to the final standings, with Denholme finishing third, nine points adrift of Shelf United but eight clear of Salem in fourth place.
Silsden u13s player MIKEY TENNANT writes for Keighley Kicks about his team’s trip to watch a Football League club’s training session.
On a rare, warm spring day, our team waited in eager anticipation at the club.
As soon as the mini-bus arrived to pick us up, we jumped on board without hesitation and we set off, all the lads ready to be amazed.
After a loud journey on the way to Apperley Bridge, the lads arrived at a layout of luscious green fields, where the famous Bradford City train. We made our way up to the changing room doors, eager to glimpse our heroes.
Soon, the first player emerged, Ollie McBurnie, who was happy to sign my City shirt, followed by the rest of the squad.
As the players made their way to the training pitches, Silsden eagerly followed on behind and the boys settled down to watch the session, ready to watch and learn how the professionals do it.
Before the fun started, Steve Parkin amazed us all by making his way over to where we were stood, introducing himself to the team and shaking everyone’s hand, welcoming us all to the facility and making a terrific day that extra special.
We watched the squad being put through their paces for 90 minutes, a warm-up with Nick Allamby that looked hard work – a passing game with Steve Parkin, that looked fun, and an eight-a-side game, before Phil Parkinson showed up to run through some tactical drills in advance of the following day’s match at Rotherham.
The session ended all too soon and we had a final chat with Steve and Lee Butler, the goalkeeping coach, before jumping back on the coach and heading home to Silsden.
It was a fun, exciting, great day out and all the lads thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks to Bradford City – and especially Steve – for welcoming us to the training ground.
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Keighley Shamrocks u9 2
Silsden Dragons 4
The last game of the season brought another reshuffle for Silsden with several players injured, including Lewis Gartland with a knee injury and Jaylan Camsey, a broken hand.
Silsden started slowly and the Shammies No.4 unleashed a great shot to put his side ahead.
Down but not out, the Cobbydalers woke up and started to pass the ball around nicely and move the opposition around.
Daniel Barnes broke a few tackles and laid the ball on for Sam Ayik, who coolly slotted the ball into the corner of the net.
Harry Whitaker made some outstanding tackles and breaks down the left wing, one resulting in a corner taken by man of the match Charlie Barnes who curled it in for Barnes to head home.
More great teamwork resulted in Barnes scoring his second from distance to make it 3-1 at half-time.
The second half was end to end with both teams going close but Silsden goalkeeper Sammie Brockbank was as solid as ever.
Fantastic defensive play from George Ellison and Lola Cunningham kept the Shamrocks at bay.
A well deserved goal came from Josh Elliot, who never stopped plugging away at the Shamrocks defence. His persistence paid off when he broke free from the two defenders marking him and blasted the ball into the back of the net.
A good Shammies team never gave up and got a goal back with a deflection a minute before the final whistle.
An invitation has been thrown open to anyone interested in stepping into the hot seat at Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves.
The Craven League Division Four team play the final match of the season at The Pig Pen (Oakbank School) on Saturday against Addingham Reserves, 2pm, and are keen for anyone interested in taking on the role of manager to go along and see what they will have to work with.
The club did have vacancies for both first and second team managers but have appointed someone for the senior role.
Club secretary Sean Kelly said: “The first team is sorted. We were hoping to make the announcement for both teams together soon and we did have someone lined up for the Reserves, however, due to a change of heart he decided against it.
“If anyone with some interest wants to take a look at the team, they are more than welcome.
“I’m also available for anyone who may have any questions about the club/role.”
Call Kelly on 0755 7960768 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Steeton Res 0
(aet, Steeton win 4-3 on penalties)
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Oxenhope felt distraught at the end of a goalless Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final.
The cup holders dominated throughout with keeper Nick Hudson not having to make a single save in anger before facing a penalty shoot-out.
Steeton stuck to their game plan of defending deep, frustrating the opposition and hitting on the break. From the start it was Oxenhope that carried the threat, totally dominating the play in the early exchanges.
Craig Morris headed wide from Will Lee’s free-kick and Liam Dyson hit the side netting following a break down the right by Leon Smith.
Steeton’s back line held firm, led by the experienced Martin Bland, and repelled numerous other attacks.
Left-back Gaz Ritson burst down the flank and played in Morris but his fierce drive was blocked by keeper Paul Linyard.
For 10 minutes after the break, Steeton did threaten but the central defensive pairing of Steve Davies and Liam Blacka dealt comfortably with all they had to offer.
After that it was once again Oxenhope who looked the more dangerous with Morris and Leroy Hickman a constant threat.
Crosshills 3 Cononley Sports 3
The Craven League Premier Division derby finished all square as Cononley moved within a point of confirming a third place place in the table.
Danny Driver 2 and Ben Dewhirst were on target for the hosts, who led three times but were pulled back by Cononley for a share of the points.
Rob Kaminski struck twice and Al Brewer once for Cononley, who are in action again tomorrow when they travel to Grassington in the Craven FA Morrison Cup.
Keighley Phoenix 2 Thackley 4
They went down to the cup favourites in a feisty semi-final clash.
Thackley went ahead thanks to a penalty, scored after Mark Price was sent off for violent conduct.
They added two more just before half-time but an own goal raised Phoenix’s hopes early in the second half.
Thackley made it 4-1 with a shot across goal from the edge of the box.
Despite being reduced to nine men when Danny Spencer was sent off, again for violent conduct, Dale Hoyle pulled a goal back.
Thackley will play Harrogate in the final.