Monthly Archives: September 2014

Champions knock Crosshills off top of table

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Skipton LMS 4

Skipton LMS usurped Crosshills from the top of the Craven League Premier Division table in a scintillating match at Sutton Fields.
With both teams depleted due to injuries and other commitments, the early exchanges favoured the reigning champions with the play littered with numerous fouls and Hills losing midfield dynamo Eddie Jenkins with injury early on.
The South Craven side had plenty of efforts with Jamie Page and Ben Dewhirst going close but the match was all square at the interval.
Luke Howson’s mazy run and shot past Johnny Rampling broke Hills’ resolve after 54 minutes.
An excellent free-kick by the same player after 68 minutes looked to have put the game out of Hills’ reach but Dewhirst pegged one back for the hosts.
Callum Wootton made it 3-1 before Jack Wrigglesworth and Tom Hunter made for an exciting scoreline as Crosshills slipped to their first defeat of the season.
Crosshills: Rampling; Thompson, L Newton, S Newton, Parkin, Jenkins (Steel 26), Josh Page, Matthews, Wrigglesworth, Dewhirst, Jamie Page. Subs (not used): North, W Storrie.

Wilsden chalk up first win

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Earby Town 1

Dave McCarten struck twice as Wilsden chalked up their first Craven League Premier Division win of the season.
Brendan Folan and James Whitaker were also on target for the hosts as they piled on the misery for winless Embsay, who scored a consolation through Joel Howard.

Battling Bradley hang on for victory

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A depleted Bradley had to dig deep to to take all the points in this mid-table Craven League Division One clash.
Debuts were handed to Ben Sagar and Kier Nelson with manager Tony Piotrowicz naming himself on the bench, despite still revering from a replacement knee operation.
Bradley kicked off on front foot but suffered an early blow when captain James Robinson came off with a pulled calf.
Nelson came on and Bradley took the lead with a great individual goal from Miles Thompson
Skipton BRC Ltd 1Just before half-time Bradley gave the ball away in midfield and Bingley broke through and earned a penalty when their striker was felled in the box.
Michael Judson stepped up to sent the match into half-time all square.
Thompson regained the visitors’ lead with a shot the keeper couldn’t handle and Nelson followed up to score.
Bradley man of the match James Monkhouse pulled out some good saves as the visitors held on desperately, running on empty with 15 minutes to go.
Piotrowicz entered the fray to bolster the Bradley ranks as players pulled up with cramp.
A delighted Piotrowicz said: “We showed a big will to win and worked hard for the victory.”
Bradley reports sponsored by Skipton Body Repair Centre

Bradley’s double keeps Whitestars flying high

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Pendle Renegades 3

Whitestars continue to fly high at the top of the Craven League Division One table after a thrilling victory over fellow high-flyers Pendle.
A very good and much changed Pendle team started strongly, boosted by the recruitment of many players from Premier Division.
The hosts went one goal ahead in the first half with a cross-cum-shot from Andy Kay, which bounced over the keeper’s head.
A “worldy” from 30 yards by Mark Bradley rocketed into the back of the net but the visitors also found the net before Dom Creed squeezed in a third for Whitestars just before the break.
Silsden dominated after the break and Bradley scored again after 75 minutes. New signing Ben O’Melia was outstanding up top with his composure and skill to dominate the Pendle defence.
At 4-1 up and cruising, Whitestars nearly hit the self-destruct button with 10 minutes to go when Pendle pulled back with a couple of quick goals to set up a nail-biting finale and “squeaky bum time” for home manager Gary Lund.

Broomhill bounce back in style

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Broomhill returned to winning ways in style to move within a point of the leaders in Division Two of the Craven League.
Man of the match Andrew Tanner opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a half volley from six yards following Jake Ward’s corner.
Debutant goalkeeper Ryan Moore was largely untroubled throughout as Broomhill controlled the tempo and played with the pace and width they lacked in the defeat to Manningham last week.
At half-time, Badgers manager Stewart Kinnear emphasised the importance of continuing to play with confidence as Settle had grown into the game toward the end of the half.
Within 10 minutes of the restart, Jake Ward whipped in a free-kick from the right which, after taking a deflection from a Settle defender, crept into the bottom corner for his second goal of the season.
Captain PJ King, David Rhodes and Tom Hill won their midfield battles and stopped any Settle threats at source.
With a number of changes from last week’s team, Broomhill again found their stride and put in a performance’ which surpassed their 7-1 victory against Salts two weeks ago.

Ingrow steam to top of table

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Crosshills Res 2

Ingrow moved top of the Craven League Division Three table with a solid second-half showing against their old rivals.
A fairly even first half saw both sides taking their opportunities in an end-to-end contest.
The Steampigs scored first with Crosshills responding. Ingrow then went 2-1 up but again Crosshills hit back.
At 3-2, the game was faulty even but Ingrow grabbed a fourth to grab the upper hand going into the break against the run of play to take the wind out of the home sails.
Crosshills logoIngrow had the better of the play after the break and controlled the game, despite the efforts of visitors’ man of the match Tom Storrie.
Stuart Maclennan 2, Liam Bellamy, Rob Davison, Phil Dodsworth, Joe Nkomo and substitute Kyle Todd got the home goals, with Storrie and Billy Skelton replying.

Giant-killing Denholme leave favourites stumped

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Denholme pulled off the shock of the day in the Halifax League Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup.
They faced a tough challenge against the cup holders but pulled off a giant-killing act to see off the Premier Division side’s hopes of repeating last season’s Shay success.
Danny Moralee put Denholme ahead after 15 minutes when Michael Midgley headed the ball on and he chested the ball down, turned and smashed the ball into the top corner of the net from 25 yards.
Mickey Ruddock might have doubled the advantage but put the ball wide after going through one-on-one.
Stump pressed in the second half but a red card saw them drop to 10 men and it looked all over when Denholme broke the offside trap with three minutes left and Moralee set up Matthew Waring for a tap-in.
Stump got one back when home goalkeeper Cameron Foster was unable to hang on to the ball from a corner and the ball ended up in the back of the net. But it was too late to keep Stump Cross on track for a third successive trophy win.
Read the full report on the Halifax Courier website, here.

Today’s results: Saturday, September 27

North West Counties League
Premier Division: Maine Road 4 Silsden 1.
West Yorkshire League
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec 5 Shelley 3.
Alliance 1: Ilkley Tn Res 0 Oxenhope Rec Res 5.
West Riding County Amateur League
Premier Division Cup: Salts 2 Campion 3, Steeton 2 Ovenden WR 5.
Division 1: Overthorpe SC 5 Steeton Res 1.
Division 2: Bradford 1 Salts Res 2.
Craven League
Premier Division: Crosshills 2 Skipton LMS 4, Trawden Celtic 3 Cowling 0, Wilsden Ath 4 Earby Tn 1.
Division 1: AFC Colne 2 Ingrow & Worth Valley 1, Bingley Tn 1 Bradley 2, Cononley Sports Res 1 Rolls Res 1, Silsden White Star 4 Pendle Renegades 3.
Division 2: Grassington Utd Res v Salts III (postponed), Grindleton Res 2 FC Polonia 2, Settle Utd Res 0 Broomhill 2, Skipton LMS Res v Oxenhope Rec III (postponed).
Division 3: Bradley Res 0 Trawden Celtic Res 1, Cowling Res v Carleton (postponed), Ingrow & Worth Valley Res 7 Crosshills Res 2.
Halifax League
Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup: Denholme Utd 2 Stump Cross 1.
Ziggy’s Metro Cars Invitation Cup: Shelf 4 Denholme Utd Res 1.

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Today’s fixtures: Saturday, September 27

North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: Maine Road v Silsden.
West Yorkshire League, 2.30pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v Shelley.
Alliance 1: Ilkley Tn Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.
West Riding County Amateur League, 1.45pm
Premier Division Cup: Salts v Campion, Steeton v Ovenden WR.
Division 1: Overthorpe SC v Steeton Res (2.30pm).
Division 2: Bradford v Salts Res (2.30pm).
Craven League, 2pm
Premier Division: Crosshills v Skipton LMS, Trawden Celtic v Cowling, Wilsden Ath v Earby Tn.
Division 1: AFC Colne v Ingrow & Worth Valley, Bingley Tn v Bradley, Cononley Sports Res v Rolls Res, Silsden White Star v Pendle Renegades.
Division 2: Grassington Utd Res v Salts III, Grindleton Res v FC Polonia, Settle Utd Res v Broomhill, Skipton LMS Res v Oxenhope Rec III.
Division 3: Bradley Res v Trawden Celtic Res, Cowling Res v Carleton, Ingrow & Worth Valey Res v Crosshills Res.
Halifax League, 1.45pm
Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup: Denholme Utd v Stump Cross.
Ziggy’s Metro Cars Invitation Cup: Shelf v Denholme Utd Res.

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Keighley teen striker tipped for the top

Praise for coaches: Reece Webb-Foster has been with Bradford City for eight years.

Praise for coaches: Reece Webb-Foster has been with Bradford City for eight years.

Keighley’s Reece Webb-Foster is quickly adjusting to the speed of professional football and has been earmarked for a rapid rise to success by a local talent scout.
The former Long Lee Juniors player made his Bradford City debut on Tuesday after travelling to games with the first-team squad for the past few weeks.
He told Keighley Kicks: “It has been a great experience travelling down in the squad these past couple of weeks – going down to MK Dons twice and Colchester after being at City since I was an eight year old.”
He is quick to praise the coaching team at Valley Parade and said: “Reaching the first team is down to the coaches in the academy who have helped me develop over the last eight years.
Bantams boy: Reece is No.34 in the City squad.

Bantams boy: Reece is No.34 in the City squad.

“It’s great to be in and around the pros more often, learning from them on and off the pitch.
“The biggest thing to adapt to when training with them is the tempo because it’s 100mph.
“Even so it’s been relatively easy because the pros make you feel at home and a part of the squad.
“I feel now I have to kick on in the youth team and keep scoring goals in order to get another chance.”
Webb-Foster played for Long Lee u7s and u8s before local talent scout Andy Gaughan spotted his potential and pointed him in the Bantams’ direction, where he is now the second youngest player ever to turn out for the first team.
Gaughan said: “He is a top quality player. I took him to City when he was seven. His debut was against Rotherham United and he was an instant success.
“He is such a nice lad and isn’t at all big-headed. He has his feet firmly rooted on the ground and has a strong family backing so he will be absolutely fine.”
On target: Reece scored all three goals for Bradford in their English Schools FA Cup final win.

On target: Reece scored all three goals for Bradford in their English Schools FA Cup final win.

Gaughan has followed Webb-Foster’s progress closely and added: “He was part of the Bradford Schools FA team that won the English Schools FA Cup last season. They won the final 3-0 and Reece scored all three goals.”
The 3-0 win over Brent Boys at Leicester City was only City’s third Schools FA Cup win in their history
“He scored every time time he played for City’s youth team last season as an U16,” said Gaughan. “He’s got 20-odd goals for them and 50-plus in total.
“He has all the ability in the world. I have great hopes for him.”
Bantams boss Phil Parkinson told the club’s website: “The sight of Reece making his debut for the club will hopefully send a message out to the other players in our youth ranks that we are a club keen to progress our younger players.
“It should also show to them that there is a clear path from the youth team through into the first team here at the football club at the moment.”

Keighley teenager makes Bantams debut

City debut: Reece Webb-Foster

City debut: Reece Webb-Foster

Keighley youngster Reece Webb-Foster had his first full taste of professional football on Tuesday.
The 16-year-old made his Bradford City first team debut when he came on as substitute in the 2-0 Capital One Cup defeat at MK Dons.
Wearing the No.34 shirt, the first year apprentice striker, who has come through the youth ranks at Valley Parade, came on for the last five minutes, replacing Filipe Morais.
Webb-Foster has already made his name at the Bantams, scoring the only goal of the Football League Youth Alliance (Northern Section) Cup final to beat Hull City in March, adding to their North East Division title after winning 15 of their 22 fixtures, losing only twice.
The former Long Lee and Parkside schoolboy also plays cricket for Oxenhope, making his adult debut for the Seconds at the age of just 13 and quickly progressing to the first team, where he hit a career-best 48 not out against Booth in 2013. He showed his sporting pedigree at just nine years old, taking 4-6 for the junior team in one game.