Monthly Archives: September 2014

Silsden nap puts Barlick to sleep

Tom Henderson puts Silsden ahead, above, and is congratulated, below.  Screengrabs from the Silsden YouTube video channel, click for more.

Tom Henderson puts Silsden ahead, above, and is congratulated, below.
Screengrabs from the Silsden YouTube video channel, click for more.

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 10.30.59Silsden 5
Barnoldswick Town 0

by Jim Rosser
The Cobbydalers marched into the next round of the West Riding County Cup with a comfortable victory over their local rivals.
Following their defeat at Maine Road on Saturday, the victory was a confidence-boost for the team, ahead of their second round FA Vase game on Saturday against Garforth Town.
The Cobbydalers won their league game at Barlick 4-0 earlier in the season but since then Town have shown some improvement and, with six former Silsden players in their squad, there was some added spice.
The visitors were first to show, playing some attractive football but without any end-product.
Silsden were patient and nearly surprised their opponents when Zack Dale sent a through ball into the path of Craig Nicholls. Keeper Chris Taylor spotted the danger and managed to win the chase for the ball.
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Silsden aim for winning start to county cups week

Derby delight: Dale Feather celebrates one of the four Silsden goals at Barlick last month. The Cobbydalers will be aiming for more derby joy this evening. Picture: David S Brett.

Derby delight: Dale Feather celebrates one of the four Silsden goals at Barlick last month. The Cobbydalers will be aiming for more derby joy this evening.
Picture: David S Brett.

It is West Riding County FA cup week and the action kicks-off this evening with a North West Counties League derby at the Angel Telecom Stadium in the County Cup, 7.45pm.
Silsden will be looking to complete an early season double over their near neighbours, having beaten Barlick 4-0 away in the league last month.
The Cobbydalers are enjoying a solid start to the season, lying fifth in the Premier Division table after winning eight of their 13 games, losing just three times.
Town, by contrast, are just two points outside the relegation zone after losing nine times in their 13 games with only two wins to their credit.
The rest of the county action comes at the weekend with 23 local teams in action. All bar two of the ties sees our teams taking on opposition from elsewhere in the county.
In Keighley derbies, Craven League Premier Division side Cowling face a tough test at home to Oxenhope Rec of the West Yorkshire League in the Challenge Cup, while Sutton make the short trip to Bradley in the Challenge Trophy.
Steeton Reserves have stepped up to the Challenge Cup and travel to West Yorkshire League side Sherburn White Rose, while their first team are at home to Headingley.
Silsden’s new development team head to Aberford Albion and both Salts and Denholme United are on their travels. Cononley Sports and Wilsden Athletic are both at home.
In the Challenge Trophy, there is home action for Broomhill, Denholme Reserves, Ingrow & Worth Valley and both Salts Reserves and their third team. There are away days for Oxenhope Reserves and Silsden White Star.
Sunday action is sparse with only four ties involving Keighley area clubs.
But one of them is a tasty local derby at Marley, where Keighley Athletic take on Bingley FC.
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Keighley FA Cups – first round draws

Keighley FA logoChallenge Cup
1st rnd:
Broomhill v Wilsden Athletic, Crosshills v FC Sporting Keighley, Ingrow & Worth Valley v Cowling, Silsden Dev XI v FC Polonia, Steeton v Bingley Tn.
Byes: Oxenhope Rec, Silsden White Star, Sutton.
Denholme United did not enter.

Supplementary Cup
1st rnd:
Oxenhope Rec III v Crosshills Res, Sutton Res v Ingrow & Worth Valley Res.
Byes: Oxenhope Rec Res, Steeton Res.
Denholme United Reserves did not enter.

Sunday Cup
1st rnd:
Bingley FC v Keighley Albion, Bradford Phoenix v Cullingworth Youth, Keighley Athletic v Aire Valley, Keighley Town v Sandy Lane.

Follow the draw live on the Keighley FA Twitter feed, here.

Ties to be played weekend of October 18/19.

Hat-trick treble as Oxenhope bounce back with a bang

Oxenhope Rec u18 11
Albion Sports 1

Oxenhope’s newly formed youth team trounced the previously unbeaten Albion Sports outfit in Division One of the Craven, Aire and Wharfe Junior League.
It more than made up for their opening match, a 3-2 defeat by early-season leaders Salts Lions.
Luca Zenti, Sam Murphy and Sam Cameron grabbed a hat-trick apiece with a strike from Ben Weatherall and Callum Holmes’ penalty completing things.

Dragons roar back for a point

Silsden logoDudley Hill Rangers u10 2
Silsden Dragons 2

With a depleted squad of seven, the Dragons visited Dudley Hill.
The opening minutes saw the home team start brightly with some good efforts but, with man of the match Sam Brockbank making some excellent saves and a great goal line clearance from Harry Whitaker, the goal remained intact.
Dudley Hill scored their first after six minutes following good team play from back to front.
The next 20 minutes were exciting end-to-end football, with some great efforts from both teams.
But nothing crossed the goal line until, from a corner, the ball swung in to an unmarked player, who volleyed it home to make it 2-0 at half-time.
The second half saw Silsden come out fighting on what had turned into a very hot day.
Daniel Barnes, Sam Ayik and Whitaker pushed forward tirelessly and a great tackle from Whitaker set Jaylan Camsey away to rifle home Silsden’s first goal.
The home team came back with a more good efforts but the defence of Joshua Elliot and George Ellison stood firm.
Even with the heat and lack of subs, the Dragons never gave up and, with Ayik making another of his runs and cracking the ball in from 10 yards out the game ended 2-2 after a great team effort from both sides in a good and fair result.

Keighley FA Cup draws go live

Keighley FA logoHistory will be made this evening when the draws for the various Keighley FA Cups are revealed live online for the first time.
The district football association will be updating their Twitter account as the ties are announced, from 7.30pm.
One team that might be missing from the draw will be Silsden. They have asked not to enter the Challenge Cup this season and a decision on that request has been deferred to this evening.
The draws will also appear on Keighley Kicks.

The week ahead: September 29-October 5

Monday, September 29
West Riding County FA u21 Floodlit League, 8pm
West Division: Bradford Horton Sports v Bingley Juniors.

Tuesday, September 30
West Riding County FA County Cup, 7.45pm
1st rnd: Silsden v Barnoldswick Tn.

Saturday, October 4
FA Vase, 3pm
2nd qual rnd: Silsden v Garforth Tn.

West Riding CFA Challenge Cup, 2pm
1st rnd: Aberford Alb v Silsden Dev, Bramham v Salts, Cononley Sports v Pannal Sports, Cowling v Oxenhope Rec, Heywood Irish Centre v Denholme Utd, Sherburn White Rose v Steeton Res, Steeton v Headingley, Wilsden Ath v Ealandians.

West Riding CFA Challenge Trophy, 2pm
1st rnd: Bradley v Sutton, Broomhill v Ryburn Utd Res, Denholme Utd Res v Rothwell Tn, Gildersome Spurs OB Res v Oxenhope Rec Res, KKS Spartans Res v Silsden White Star, Ingrow & Worth Valley v Hunslet Club Res, Salts Res v Middleton Pk Res, Salts III v Lower Hopton Res.

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Bingley rue missed chances

Bingley FCBingley FC 2 Horsforth St Margaret’s 2
by Ben Sugden
Horsforth came from behind to deny Bingley a deserved Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League victory in their first home game at Crossflatts Rec.
Bingley looked the better side in the opening exchanges with neat passing in midfield and a solid defensive display.
The home side took the lead following persistent attacks on the Horsforth goal, the keeper being forced to make numerous saves before Colin Schofield found the back of the net with a rebound after his initial shot was saved.
Horsforth attacked on the break on a few occasions but without a decent shot on target.
The second half started as brightly for Bingley as the first half, with strong defending and forcing saves from the Horsforth keeper.
Chris Mawson made the scoreline 2-0 with a strike just before the hour mark.
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Today’s results: Sunday, September 28

Bradford Sunday Alliance
Prem Div: Stanningley Albion 1 Sandy Ln 3.
Div 1: Ventus Utd 2 Bradford Phoenix 1.
Div 3A: YMCC 2 Salts 1.
Div 3B: Salts Res 1 Bradford Vale B 0.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League
Premier Division: Bingley FC 2 Horsforth St Margarets 2, Ilkley Dynamo 20 Cullingworth Yth 1, Keighley Tn w/o v Park Row Panthers, Yeadon Vets v Keighley Ath (postponed).
Division 1: Armley Rgrs 0 Aire Valley 0, Keighley Alb 3 Yeadon Ath 5, Salts Res 6 Shipley Tn Res 3.
West Riding County Women’s League,
Premier Division: Harrogate Railway Ath 5 Keighley Oaks 1.

Text your scorers to 0777 1461360 and send reports by email to

Today’s fixtures: Sunday, September 28

Bradford Sunday Alliance, 11am
Prem Div: Stanningley Albion v Sandy Ln.
Div 1: Ventus Utd v Bradford Phoenix.
Div 3A: YMCC v Salts.
Div 3B: Salts Res v Bradford Vale B.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 11am
Premier Division: Bingley FC v Horsforth St Margarets, Ilkley Dynamo v Cullingworth Yth, Keighley Tn v Park Row Panthers, Yeadon Vets v Keighley Ath.
Division 1: Armley Rgrs v Aire Valley, Keighley Alb v Yeadon Ath, Salts Res v Shipley Tn Res.
West Riding County Women’s League, 2pm
Premier Division: Harrogate Railway Ath v Keighley Oaks

Text your results and scorers to 0777 1461360 and send reports by email to

Silsden errors set them on Maine Road to defeat

Silsden logoMaine Road 4
Silsden 1

by Kev Knappy
Silsden slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season in the North West Counties League.
They fell behind to a goal from Josh Harper after 15 minutes and then conceded a penalty to Connor Hughes a minute before half-time.
Hopes of a comeback were ended three minutes into the second half when Richard Williams added a third for the hosts.
Kev Ryan pulled one back for the Cobbydalers with two minutes to go but Matt Morgan completed the home tally in the closing seconds.
Brantingham Road has usually been a happy hunting ground for the Cobbydalers. But this time they returned empty handed following a lacklustre performance against an average, young and much changed Maine Road side, who punished sloppy errors to deservedly win, albeit the score flattering to deceive.
Maine RoadFollowing a midweek injury to new signing Ryan Brereton and the withdrawal of fellow midfielder Joe Mitchell, failing a pre-match fitness test, coupled with Owen Deacon-Pickard’s unavailability through illness, manager Andy Geary had to shuffle the pack, drafting Gareth Hill and youngster Josh Brown into the squad along with Josh McNulty.
Silsden started brightly, keeping good possession of the ball, albeit mainly in their own half and just into the opposition half but failing to be incisive in the final third, which proved to be a theme for the afternoon.
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Lee’s late spot kick save is match turner

Action from Oxenhope's win over Shelley. Sam Lee saves a penalty, above, and hat-trick hero Dan Moriarty, below. Pictures: Keith Yates

Action from Oxenhope’s win over Shelley. Sam Lee saves a penalty, above, and hat-trick hero Dan Moriarty, below.
Pictures: Keith Yates

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 11.27.20Oxenhope Rec 5
Shelley 3

A hat-trick from Dan Moriarty pushed Oxenhope up to joint second place in the West Yorkshire Premier Division table.
Joel Gallagher and an opponent completed the nap hand.
The result was in the balance right up until the final minutes.
Shelley dominated the first half and deservedly led by a single goal and it could have been far more but for the heroics of Oxenhope keeper Sam Lee.
Shelley put Oxenhope under pressure from the start, reducing the home team to occasional quick break down field and their dominance told when they went ahead after 35 minutes with a powerful strike by Markus Hafner from 30 yards that gave keeper Lee no chance.
Shelley continued to press forward but Lee thwarted their strikers on three occasions with outstanding saves from one-on-ones.
Early in the second half Oxenhope levelled with a fortunate own goal. Craig Morris battled past his marker and drove the ball into the box where a defender, attempting to clear, volleyed into his own net.
Minutes later the home side took the lead. Leon Smith broke away, passed to Tom Marshall whose cross found Moriarty and he slotted his shot beyond the keeper.
Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 11.27.39It was now Oxenhope who played with confidence, stroking the ball round the pitch but then on the hour Shelley won a corner. The ball came across to their substitute who volleyed the ball into the top angle of the Oxenhope goal.
The visitors were then awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box but keeper Lee produced a top drawer flying save to tip the ball out.
A break down field saw sub Gallagher through on goal his first attempt was blocked by the keeper but his follow-up found the net.
Shelley pressed for the equaliser, leaving their defences thin and Oxenhope took full advantage to break away and found themselves three against the keeper. It looked as if Smith, Marshall and Moriarty were going to spurn the chance but Moriarty eventually took responsibility and put the ball away for his second.
A two-goal cushion with 10 minutes to go made the game look safe only for Shelley to break through the home defence to make it 4-3 with goals from substitutes Warwick Charlton and Liam Riley.
Minutes later they had the chance to equalise when centre back Dayne Ward tangled with their striker on the edge of the box, the referee pointed to the penalty spot and harshly showed Ward a red card.
The penalty was hit with power but Lee pulled off yet another superb diving save to touch the ball on to the bar and to safety.
Moriarty then made the points safe in this thriller when he finished confidently in the final minute to complete his hat-trick but the man of the match accolade had to go to his colleague Lee.
Oxenhope: Lee, Kaine, Day (Andrew), Nelson, Ward, White, Quinlan, Moriarty, Morris (Gallagher), Smith, Marshall.

Lee and Hickman at double

Double strike: Will Lee.

Double strike: Will Lee.

Ilkley Town Res 0
Oxenhope Rec Res 5

Oxenhope remain clear at the top of the West Yorkshire Alliance One table after a comfortable victory at winless Ilkley.
The visitors took an early lead when Leroy Hickman beat the keeper when one-on-one and doubled his tally soon after when strike partner Tom Thompson unselfishly squared the ball to him for his second.
Oxenhope continued to dominate but were unable to take their chances.
Before the break James Bailey crossed the ball to the far post and Hickman back heeled the ball into the path of Grez Robinson to make it three. Thompson then rattled the bar with a volley.
In the second half the visitors continued to dominate and the woodwork saved Ilkley going further behind with attempts from Hickman and Will Lee.
Lee was not to be denied, intercepting a pass back to the keeper he placed the ball into an open net and moments later grabbed his second, striking a vicious free-kick past the custodian to make it five.
But it was youngster Lewis Hopkinson whose dominance in the centre of midfield earned him his first man of the match award.

Steeton’s cup hopes end after five goals in last eight minutes flurry

Action from Steeton's cup defeat at home to Ovenden. Pictures: Courtesy Steeton Facebook page

Action from Steeton’s cup defeat at home to Ovenden.
Pictures: Simon Pickles

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 10.27.42Steeton 2
Ovenden WR 5

See more of Simon Pickles’ pictures, here.
Steeton fell at the first hurdle in the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division Cup but made the cup holders work hard for passage.
With Matty Kershaw unavailable, Danny Driver returned to the starting XI, while Joe Park took over from Josh Ferguson to partner Sam Rooke at centre back.
Jamie Longley returned to the first team, after playing for the reserves last week, in a move that saw Ryan Cox drop to the bench.
For the first quarter of an hour the teams cancelled each other out, with neither goalkeeper having much to do.
Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 10.27.25The first real chance of the game fell to Ovenden when they broke through and only a last ditch tackle by Park prevented a one-on-one with Steeton keeper Josh Brooksbank. Despite calls for a penalty, referee Colin Woods saw nothing wrong with Park’s tackle.
Moments later, Ovenden saw a rasping shot hit the side netting. Strong tackles by Park, Rooke and Tim Hird, as well as two good blocks by Mark McGee, made sure the visitors could not take the lead until just before the half-hour mark.
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Youth is no excuse for disjointed Steeton

Steeton logoOverthorpe SC 5
Steeton Reserves 1

Steeton manager Clark O’Dwyer was not a happy man after seeing his team crash at fellow West Riding County Amateur League Division One strugglers Overthorpe.
Chris Wheater scored for the Chevrons in the first half but they trailed 3-1 at half-time and conceded two more without reply after the break.
O’Dwyer said: “We were shocking and need to grow up and accept that even with youth we have to take on board the need to work as a team and not individuals.
“It is going to be a tough season but an experience for sure.”