Monthly Archives: January 2015

Ryan double pushes Silsden into top six

SilsdenAFC Blackpool 0
Silsden 2
by Jim Rosser

A brace from Kevin Ryan promoted the Cobbydalers into sixth place in the North West Counties League Premier Division table.
He struck after 51 and 75 minutes to give Silsden a fourth straight win and maintain their 100 per cent 2015 record.
Centre-back Ryan, who netted the winner at Abbey Hey a week earlier, opened the scoring with a powerful free-kick.
He added a second before the Cobbydalers conceded a penalty in the 85th minute but the Mechanics squandered the chance to put the pressure on the Yorkshiremen.
Silsden assistant manager Ryan Haigh said: “Since Boxing Day and the victory over local rivals Barnoldswick Town we have defiantly ground out results that have seen us rise to sixth in the table and we currently sit above all the other local sides.
“Against Blackpool we put in another solid performance and deservedly came away with the three points in what was a windswept game against the resurgent Mechanics.
“Defensively we look solid and the introduction of Morrison and Grimes has added strength and experience to the squad, while Danny Riley brings that little bit of magic and with him and Craig Nicholls we will always cause teams problems.
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Rusty Rec pay for slow start

Oxenhope Rec logoWetherby Athletic Reserves 3
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 2

Playing their first West Yorkshire League Alliance Division One fixture since late November, Oxenhope looked totally off the pace from the start against their inform hosts.
In the opening five minutes they could have been two down after a couple of basic defensive errors.
The home side did eventually take the lead after 10 minutes when a long ball over the top and a neat cut back saw the onrushing Wetherby midfield player fire past goalkeeper Nick Hudson.
Ten minutes later the home side doubled their advantage when another long ball caught out the Oxenhope defence pleading for offside and Hudson was beaten low to his left.
Wetherby continued to dominate the half as Oxenhope struggled to find any rhythm.
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Whitestars are flying high

Star man: Man of the match Sam Stanfield.

Star man: Man of the match Sam Stanfield.

Silsden White Star 5
Gargrave 3

The Whitestars hit back from behind to move joint top of Division One of the Craven League.
They trail Chatburn by a goal difference of 13 but have two games in hand.
But the hosts made hard work for themselves after conceding the opening goal inside just 40 seconds.
It was 2-0 to the visitors after 15 minutes but the Whitestars rallied with 10 minutes to go before half-time when Mark Bradley continued his fine scoring form, slotting in at the back post.
The hosts started brightly in the second half, helped with the wind in their favour and James Whitehead spun to poke in the ball to make it 2-2.
Man of the match Sam Stanfield added a third with a header with Ben McClennon and a second from Bradley securing victory before third-placed Gargrave hit a late consolation goal,
Manager Gary Lund said: “It was a great victory and a superb team effort made from all 14 squad players.”

Abbas four-ce is too much for LMS

Action from FC Sporting Keighley's 5-3 win at Skipton.

Action from FC Sporting Keighley’s 5-3 win at Skipton.

IMG_0385Skipton LMS Reserves 3
FC Sporting Keighley 5

A four-goal blast from scoring sensation Aaran Abbas moved FC Sporting into joint first place in Division Two of the Craven League.
Junaid Taj also found the target in an entertaining match, which saw some excellent goals from both teams.
Abbas, who has hit 32 goals in 13 games, was nominated man of the match by the hosts with Aatir Shezad getting his club’s man of the match.
IMG_0386Skipton started well and took the lead after 15 minutes with a powerful header from a free-kick.
The first half was even but Sporting pulled clear after the break with some excellent football to run out comfortable winners.

Today’s results: Saturday, January 31

North West Counties League
Premier Division: AFC Blackpool 0 Silsden 2.
West Yorkshire League
Alliance 1: Wetherby Ath Res 3 Oxenhope Rec Res 2.
Craven League
Division 1: Cononley Sports Res 1 Pendle Renegades 3, Silsden White Star 5 Gargrave 3.
Division 2: Settle Utd Res 2 Sutton 0, Skipton LMS Res 3 FC Sporting Keighley 5.
Division 3: Skipton Tn Res 3 Bradley Res 2.
All other matches postponed.

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Today’s fixtures: Saturday, January 31

North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: AFC Blackpool v Silsden.
West Yorkshire League, 2pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v East End Park (postponed).
Alliance 1: Wetherby Ath Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.
West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
Premier Division: Steeton v Golcar Utd (postponed).
Division 1: Wibsey v Steeton Res (postponed).
Craven League, 2pm
Premier Division: Wilsden Ath v Settle Utd (postponed).
Division 1: Bingley Tn v Skipton Tn (postponed), Bradley v AFC Colne, Cononley Sports Res v Pendle Renegades, Silsden White Star v Gargrave.
Division 2: Earby Tn Res v Oxenhope Rec III, Salts III v FC Polonia (postponed), Settle Utd Res v Sutton, Skipton LMS Res v FC Sporting Keighley.
Division 3: Pendle Renegades Res v Crosshills Res (postponed), Skipton Tn Res v Bradley Res, Sutton Res v Ilkley Tn III (postponed).
Northern Plant Hire Trophy, 1.30pm: Ingrow & Worth Valley v Cononley Sports (postponed).
Premier Division Cup, 1.30pm: Crosshills v Embsay.
Division 3 Cup, 1.30pm: Addingham Res v Cowling Res, Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Carleton.
Halifax League, 2.15pm
Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup, 1.45pm: Northowram v Denholme Utd.
Division 2: Denholme Utd Res v Sowerby Utd Res (postponed).

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Another whiteout for council pitches

For the third week running there will be no action on Bradford Council-maintained pitches this weekend.
A council spokesman said: “The recent snowfall has made it impossible to carry out maintenance or line marking.
“Because many pitches are covered in snow, the ground will be wet and can become damaged if sports events are played on them.”
FC Sporting Keighley have again taken precautions, should their match at Skipton LMS Reserves fall victim to the weather.
they have booked the artificial pitch at Marley to host a friendly.
Anyone interested in playing the Craven League Division Two team on Saturday with a 2pm kick-off should contact Faruk Ali, 07446 856969

Win £525 voucher in Thursday sixes league

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 20.52.07Who fancies the chance to have their match-winning football talents rewarded with a £525 paintballing day out voucher?
The Thursday Soccer 6s League at Marley Stadium has spaces available on the 3G Astroturf between 7-10pm.
Games are 40 minutes and it is free entry to all teams.
To enter a team or for more information, call Charlie Baber or text 07969 634304.

Keighley makes a heavyweight signing

Boxing legend Frank Bruno is heading for Keighley

Boxing legend Frank Bruno is heading for Keighley

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 21.23.55Here’s someone who would have added punch to any team’s attack!
Boxing legend Frank Bruno is taking to the stage in Keighley and Keighley Kicks readers have an early chance to apply for tickets.
The evening is being promoted by Keighley Kicks advertiser MJK Sports Events and is being held at the Victoria Hall on Saturday, May 16.
The former WBC Heavyweight champion will be pulling no punches as he tells the remarkable story of his life – his heartbreaking world title defeats, his fights with Mike Tyson and more recent life outside the ring, as well as the story of THAT night, when he was crowned heavyweight champion of the world.
Tickets are £35 or £50 for VIP front row seats.
As a special offer, any company buying a table of 10 tickets will receive a Frank Bruno signed boxing glove.
The event will run from 7pm until 11pm.
Call the ticket hotline on 07414 960956 or click the Bruno advert on Keighley Kicks for full details.

New dates for Keighley FA cup ties

Keighley FA logoSteeton’s Keighley FA Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Wilsden Athletic has been put back a month as a result of the wintry weather wiping out January’s scheduled fixtures.
The Chevrons will now take on the Craven League Premier Division team on Saturday, March 21.
That is the same day Oxenhope Rec are due to meet the winners of the outstanding second round tie between Silsden White Star and Cowling.

February fixtures:

Sunday 15, 11am
Sunday Cup
Keighley Athletic v Bingley FC, Keighley Town v Bradford Phoenix

Saturday 21, 1.30pm
Challenge Cup
2nd round:
Silsden White Star v Cowling
Supplementary Cup
Oxenhope Rec Reserves v Ingrow & Worth Valley Res, Steeton Res v Oxenhope Rec III.

The week ahead: January 26-February 1

Monday, January 26
West Riding County FA u21 Floodlit League, 7.15pm
League Cup: YAL v Sports Recruiting USA (at St John Fisher, Dewsbury).

Thursday, January 29
Lancashire League, 7.45pm
East Division: Silsden Dev v Albion Sports.

Saturday, January 31
North West Counties League, 3pm
Premier Division: AFC Blackpool v Silsden.

West Yorkshire League, 2pm
Premier Division: Oxenhope Rec v East End Park.
Alliance 1: Wetherby Ath Res v Oxenhope Rec Res.

West Riding County Amateur League, 2pm
Premier Division: Steeton v Golcar Utd.
Division 1: Wibsey v Steeton Res.

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Late goals deny Silsden a shock victory

SilsdenTingley Athletic 2
Silsden 2

Silsden came within 10 minutes of causing an upset against a Tingley side who had won seven out of their eight West Riding Women’s League Division One games.
Despite the form book, Silsden started the game the brighter, getting the ball down and spreading play well.
Midway through the half a quick throw by Sarah Betterton found Harriet Brewer, who laid the ball back to Betterton. She found Laura Ackroyd in the Tingley area, who turned a defender before putting the ball in the bottom corner of the net.
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Today’s fixtures: Sunday, January 25

West Riding County FA Sunday Cup, 11am
4th rnd: Oakenshaw v Sandy Lane.
Bradford Sunday Alliance, 11am
Div 1: Wyke Rgrs v Bradford Phoenix.
Div 3A: FC Victoria v Salts.
Div 3B: Salts Res v Queensbury Rgrs.
Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League, 11am
Premier Division: Bingley FC v Menston Tn, Cullingworth Yth v Keighley Tn, Keighley Ath v Horsforth St Margs.
Division 1: Aire Valley v Yeadon Ath, Cookridge Hall v Salts III, Milford v Keighley Alb.
West Riding County Women’s League, 2pm
Premier Division: Keighley Oaks v Harrogate Railway.
Division 1: Tingley Ath v Silsden.

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Double delight for Silsden

SilsdenAbbey Hey 1 Silsden 2
A three-goal flurry either side of half-time went in Silsden’s favour as they cemented their place in the top half of the North West Counties League table by completing a double over their hosts.
The Cobbydalers had beaten Hey 4-1 in their season opener and made it a full six points thanks to a 44th-minute strike from Ben Lamb and another by Kevin Ryan six minutes into the second half, five minutes after Jon Hardy had levelled for the home side.
The Cobbydalers travelled to the Abbey Stadium following a three-week lay off due to the weather, hoping to maintain their climb up the table.
Ryan Haigh, in charge due to the absence of Andy Geary, brought in two new players –Michael Morrison into midfield and Robert Grimes to lead the attack.
At the start of play the Abbey stood nine points below the Cobbydalers but history suggested that the Silsden would face a difficult game having never completed the double over the Mancunians.
Despite a poor start to the season, Abbey played some neat triangular football on the floor and in the opening half they created more chances than the Cobbydalers.
The first chance of the game fell to the home side, John Hardy firing over the bar after Liam Murray had cut across the goal.
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