Monthly Archives: July 2014

‘Just like that’ for Thommo and Cooper

Double: Tom Thompson

Double: Tom Thompson

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Ingrow fielded teams in two games as they took the chance to look at their large squad ahead of the Craven League season.
While one side were losing by a single goal at Marley against Baildon Trinity Athletic, another was in action at Oxenhope.
The hosts continued where they finished off last season with a convincing victory in sweltering conditions.
The Oranges squad had been boosted by five fresh faces to the already impressive squad.
Oxenhope started down the slope and were on the attack from the off but Ingrow’s defence held firm and was only broken once in the first half when new signing Grez Jackson burst from defence to pass to Tony Cooper, who smashed the ball home.
The second half saw Oxenhope make use of the rolling subs and it paid dividends straight after half-time when Tom Thompson broke through the defence and curled the ball past the on rushing goalkeeper.
Consolation: Ingrow's Dave Harman.

Consolation: Ingrow’s Dave Harman.

Substitute Craig Morris made it 3-0 as he skipped round three defenders and then lashed the ball home.
The fourth came from a neat cross from Brown which new face Jake Palmer slid in at the back post.
Some excellent work from Harry Marshall on the right wing produced a pin point cross for Cooper to score a rare headed goal.
Ingrow got themselves on the score sheet to pull the score back to 5-1 with veteran Dave Harman on target.
The final goal was scored by Thompson, which was a cross-cum-shot that looped over the goalkeeper and landed in the bottom corner.
It was an excellent start to the Oranges’ pre-season with outstanding debuts for 16-year-old Connor McGrann and 17-year-old Sam Cameron, who never looked out of place in their first open age match.

Sutton step in to share six goals

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Honours finished even at Marley in a hastily-rearranged friendly.
Scheduled opponents Chatburn pulled out but Sutton stepped in at short notice and played their part in a solid six-goal work-out.
Joe Slater, Jake Ward and Simon Harris scored for the hosts with Gary Earle their man of the match.
Sutton new logoSutton’s scorers were Jon Naylor, Yan Paulke and Mickey Ruddock.
Sixteen-year-old Shaun Bell excelled for Sutton on his adult debut after stepping up from the juniors.

Cobbydalers feel second-half heat

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Silsden’s new development team struggled in the heat as their 12-man squad were overwhelmed in the second half at their Craven League Silsden held their own in a goalless first half but the Barnoldswick team netted three times before Ben Cox pulled one back.
A late fourth from the hosts completed things.

Wademan closes in on Tasmanian title

Chris Wademan: Closing in on silverware.

Chris Wademan: Closing in on silverware.

Chris Wademan helped his Riverside Olympic side move closer to securing Tasmania’s Northern Premier League title.
The league’s second top scorer was left frustrated after failing to add to his 14-goal tally in Olympic’s 3-0 win over Launceston United but the Silsden striker’s team remain four points clear of Somerset, the only team who can overhaul them, from a game more but with only two left to play.
Wademan’s Launceton-based team’s final two matches are at sixth-placed Prospect next Saturday with their final match at home to Northern Rangers, who are fourth, on August 9.

Steeton face Thackley trial

Steeton logoSteeton will send a young side to Thackley tomorrow for their latest pre-season warm-up fixture with a number of the clubs u18 players included in the squad.
With manager Roy Mason and assistant Rob Horton both away on holiday, skipper Damien Whiteoak will be in charge for the trip to the Northern Counties East League Premier Division side with Adam Longden and Clark O’Dwyer helping him.
The Chevrons will also include a couple of trialists as Steeton look to bring a couple of new faces into the squad.
Mason is still looking to strengthen the squad but admits it could be a couple of weeks before things are finalised.
He said: “Certain players are seeing what’s happening with their current clubs.”

Geary runs rule over large squad

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by Jim Rosser

The Cobbydalers entertained Field in their fourth pre-season warm-up games at the Angel Telecom stadium on a warm and balmy evening.
Last season Field, who finished second in the West Yorkshire League before winning the West Riding County Cup (beating Steeton in the final), the League Cup and the Bradford District Cup, provided a tough test for the Cobbydalers.
Manager Andy Geary, with several players absent, had the opportunity to look at some of the fringe players.
With Fagan and Gleave missing at the heart of the defence, the manager brought in the experienced James Nettleton and the youngster Josh Brown.
Brown might well have made his full debut for the Cobbydalers at the age of 16 but for a serious injury, which took 15 months to recover from. Although not match fit, the youngster looked composed and totally at ease at this level.

Plenty to ponder: Silsden manager Andy Geary has one friendly left before the league season starts.

Plenty to ponder: Silsden manager Andy Geary has one friendly left before the league season starts.

The Cobbydalers shaded the first half and should have taken an early lead but the officials missed a clear foul in the penalty area when Zac Dale was tripped in the act of shooting.
There was some neat passing and movement from the Silsden outfit with Joe Mitchell pulling the strings but the delivery of the final ball or the decision making in front of goal let the Cobbydalers down.
Field, playing their first game, went close midway through the half, when Nicky Docherty shot wide.
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Who fancies a game?

Craven League Division Two side Broomhill are seeking new opponents for Saturday’s scheduled friendly at Marley.
Opponents Chatburn have pulled out and the team are looking for someone to fill the gap at short notice.
Call manager Stew Kinnear 07981 423774 if you can fill the gap.

69 teams get ready for junior action

The divisional make-up for the 2014/15 season of the Craven, Aire and Wharfe Junior League has been revealed.
Sixty-nine Keighley area teams, representing 14 different clubs, will be in action, spread across 22 divisions, with 13 in the three divisions of the senior, u18, section.
Bingley Juniors are represented by 12 teams with 10 each for Keighley Shamrocks and Silsden. Other clubs in action will be Sandy Lane and Sutton (7 each), Oakworth (5), Wilsden (4), Eldwick and Myrtle Park (3 each), Cononley, Crosshills and Long Lee (2 each) and a team each from Oxenhope and Steeton.
A further 12 divisions of the mini-soccer section, comprising u7 to u10 teams, are yet to be announced.
u18A: Keighley Shamrocks u17, Long Lee u17, Myrtle Park Wdrs, Oxenhope u17, Silsden, Steeton.
u18B: Crosshills u17, Myrtle Pk Thistles.
u18C: Bingley u17, Myrtle Pk Bluebacks, Sandy Lane u17, Silsden u17, Wilsden u17.
u16A: Bingley A, Crosshills, Keighley Sham Crusaders, Sandy Ln,
u16B: Eldwick, Sutton u15.
u16C: Bingley B.
u15A: Keighley Sham A Crusaders, Silsden, Sutton A.
u15B: Keighley Sham B Knights, Sutton B.
u15C: Bingley, Eldwick, Sandy Lane.
u14A: Bingley A, Keighley Sham A.
u14B: Keighley Sham B, Silsden A, Sutton.
u14C: Bingley B, Cononley, Oakworth Wasps, Sandy Lane, Silsden Reds.
u13A: Long Lee, Oakworth Hornets, Silsden A, Sutton Rascals.
u13B: Sutton Rogues.
u13C: Bingley Boca, Oakworth Wasps, Sandy Lane, Silsden Reds.
u12A: Bingley Ajax, Silsden Dragons.
u12B: Eldwick, Oakworth Hornets.
u12C: Bingley Barca, Keighley Sham A, Wilsden A.
u12D: Keighley Sham B, Silsden B Knights, Sutton, Wilsden B.
u11A: Bingley Inter, Oakworth Hornets, Wilsden.
u11B: Bingley Boca, Bingley Barca, Keighley Sham A, Sandy Lane, Silsden.
u11C: Cononley, Keighley Sham B, Sandy Lane B.

Oaks and Silsden await new opponents

WRC Women's LeagueThe wait goes on for team allocation for the new season of the West Riding County Women’s League.
The league are due to hold their allocation meeting next month, when teams will have their divisions confirmed. The format currently showing on the league’s website is still to take account of the new placements but Keighley Oaks and Silsden Ladies should remain in the Premier Division.
Farsley will be promoted to the North East Regional League with Handsworth Ladies relegated from there, but to a South Yorkshire feeder league.
Ossett Town finished bottom of the table and are due to be relegated with possibly two teams coming up from Division One to even out what was a nine-team division last season.
Wortley and Hemsworth finished in the top two positions of the lower level.

Silsden opener called off

This evening’s pre-season opener for Silsden’s new development team at Burnley Belvedere was called off.
Their first game will now be at Craven League Rolls on Saturday, before home matches against Thackley (July 31) and Oxenhope (August 6).
Silsden u19s play their first friendly of the new campaign on Monday when they take on Knaresborough Town at the Angel Telecom Stadium, 7.15pm.
See the latest list of pre-season fixtures for Keighley area clubs, here.

Home start for Sandy Lane

Football in netSandy Lane will kick-off their Bradford Sunday Alliance League season at home to Bradford Moor on August 17.
They then travel to Dudley Hill Rangers a week later before welcoming George Hotel to Marley for a midweek date on August 28.
See all their August and September fixtures, here.
In Division One, Bradford Phoenix travel to Oakenshaw on opening day before making their Marley bow against White Eagles on August 24.
See their opening fixtures, here.

Review 2013/14: Bingley Town

Bingley Town logoBingley Town are aiming to build on their unexpected promotion when the new Craven League season kicks-off next month.
Town finished outside the promotion places in Division Two but were elevated thanks to the summer reorganisation of the competition.
The club have also set up a new u21 team and training for both sides is taking place on Wednesdays on the grass at Marley,6.50-8.30pm. Training will move to the astroturf at Beckfoot on Thursday, 7.30-9pm, from September.
All new players are welcome.
The club are also seeking an assistant manager for the open age and a manager and coaches for the u21s.
Contact club chairman if you are interested or for more details – 07971 040475 – or email

Chairman: Andy Ryan

Chairman: Andy Ryan

Meanwhile, chairman Ryan looks back on last season’s Division Two season.
The season started out with optimism and a realistic target of finishing in the top two and ideally pushing for the title.
The squad was far more settled and the performances from the back end of the previous season gave cause and hope for the belief of a successful season.
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The week ahead: July 21-27


Tuesday 22: Burnley Belvedere v Silsden Dev (cancelled).

Wednesday 23: Lower Hopton v Oxenhope Rec (cancelled).

Thursday 24: Silsden v Field (7.45pm).

Saturday 26: Broomhill v Sutton (2pm), Oxenhope III v Ingrow & Worth Valley Res (2pm), Rolls v Silsden Dev (2pm), Thackley v Steeton.

Sunday 27: Barnoldswick Town Res v Oxenhope Rec XI.

Hill too tough for Steeton to climb

Opening goal: Matty Kershaw gave Steeton an early lead

Opening goal: Matty Kershaw gave Steeton an early lead

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A makeshift Steeton team crashed to a heavy defeat in their opening pre-season match of the season at their North West Counties League hosts.
With no recognised goalkeeper and a mixture of first team, reserves and trialists, the Chevrons were always up against it.
But Roy Mason’s team made a solid start and went ahead through Matty Kershaw before the Bolton team’s superior fitness took over.
Two penalties put Steeton up against it and, after Mason made five changes at half-time, the visitors lost some shape too.
Tough opener: Chevrons manager Roy Mason

Tough opener: Chevrons manager Roy Mason

Even so, there were plenty of positives to come out of the match and Mason said: “Only Mark McGee played the full 90 minutes. Rob Matthews and Danny Driver both did well on their debuts but they both came in without having trained at all and it was the first time they’d met the players.
“Nicky McNally looked lively in the second period – we had no recognised striker and had to play Matty Kershaw up front in a makeshift role.”

Whitfield on target in first XI

Debut goal: Ben Whitfield netted for AFC Bournemouth's Championship team today.

Debut goal: Ben Whitfield netted for AFC Bournemouth’s Championship team today.

Ben Whitfield made a scoring debut for AFC Bournemouth this afternoon.
The former Silsden u19 midfielder netted the final goal for the Championship side in their 11-0 pre-season friendly win at Southern League Premier Division side Dorchester Town.
Whitfield came on after 71 minutes and found the target for the Cherries 17 minutes later.
Whitfield said: “I cannot describe how happy I am, to make my first team debut and manage to score.”
The 18-year-old from Bingley joined Bournemouth at the start of this year and has impressed in the south coast club’s development team, scoring twice towards the end of last season.