Monthly Archives: February 2015

Nine-man Oxenhope dig in for a point

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec 2
Knaresborough Town 2

A battling performance by the nine men of Oxenhope saw them come back to salvage a deserved share of the points in a thrilling West Yorkshire League Premier Division game that had everything.
On a cold afternoon, a good-sized crowd were rewarded with an end to end match, with some good football played on a heavy, tacky pitch.
Knaresborough were quickest out of the blocks and their pacy and lively football had Oxenhope on the back foot with goalkeeper Sam Lee making a fine save and skipper Scott Nelson clearing off the line.
The home side gradually came into the game, Josh Kaine bringing a good save out of the keeper and Craig Morris heading over.
At the other end, stand-in defender Ollie Metcalfe made a superb block when one on one, so at half time it was honours even.
After 50 minutes the deadlock was broken when a shot from the edge of the box hit Will Wells’ hand and the referee pointed to the penalty spot and the kick was converted.
Their lead was short lived. Kaine broke down the right, his cross found Dan Moriarty, he laid the ball into the path of Morris and he hit a scorching shot, which the keeper touched over. It was from Moriarty’s resulting corner that Liam McNicol powerfully headed home at the near post.
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Great Scott puts Rec on top

Oxenhope Rec logoBrighouse OB Reserves 1
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 3

Oxenhope’s second string went back to the top of the West Yorkshire League Alliance Division One table.
But they had to come from behind to secure another three valuable points.
The result was all the more surprising in that the team had six regulars absent from their previous line-up.
The home side started the brighter as Oxenhope struggled to find their feet on an extremely wet and slippery pitch.
Brighouse took the lead when their wide player got in behind the Oxenhope defence and squared the ball for an easy tap in.
Another attack saw defender Ben Manning clear at the far post as Brighouse’s long ball tactics created problems.
Manager Steve Davies changed to a 4-4-2 formation, which made an instant impact and just before the break Grez Robinson waltzed his way past two defenders, played the ball out to Tom Thompson and his cross was volleyed home by the on-rushing James Bailey.
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Chevrons dominate for solid success

On target: Graham Holmes marked his return to action with a goal.

On target: Graham Holmes marked his return to action with a goal.

Steeton logoHalifax Irish 1
Steeton 4

Steeton got back to winning ways with a solid West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division win at Halifax Irish.
A brace from Lee Reilly added to earlier goals from Mark McGee and Graham Holmes ensured Steeton bounced back to winning ways following a much better performance than last week’s showing at Huddersfield YMCA.
With Graham Holmes returning to the starting line-up, Steeton had a bit more presence up front than they have had in previous weeks.
Ryan Cox and new signing Tobias Rawcliffe both started on the bench.
Steeton had a great chance straight from the kick-off as hesitancy in the home defence allowed Holmes in but his shot was blocked by the keeper’s legs.
Chances kept falling to Steeton and Lee Reilly was narrowly wide and Andy Holden screwed over from Mark McGee’s pull back.
Steeton did get the reward their play deserved when a quick free-kick found McGee, who finished well into the bottom corner.
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Salts hit back to make a game of it

Salts logoOvenden WR Res 5
Salts Reserves 2

Salts struck twice in a second-half fightback but it was not enough to avoid defeat at West Riding County Amateur Division Two title-chasing Ovenden.
The hosts led 2-0 at half-time but goals from Adam Hussain and Andrew Sadowskyj gave the visitors some hope, despite conceding three more times.
Bottom-placed Salts remain five points adrift of Tyersal Reserves, who crashed to an incredible 27-0 defeat at leaders Gildersome Spurs, with two games in hand. Ben Keedy scored 10 of those goals, with Mike Hall 6, Jonny Blatchford and Aidan McCormack also hitting hat-tricks.
Salts first team dropped a place in the Premier Division table after being held to a 0-0 draw by Hunsworth.

Steeton step up the pace

Steeton Reserves 4
Bradford Horton Sports 0

Steeton flew out of the traps to climb two places off the foot of the West Riding County Amateur League Division One table.
Andy Briggs 2, Ben Sutcliffe and Greig Hudsonall scored in the first half to have the points wrapped up before the break.

Depleted Sporting push Rolls hard

FC Sporting Keighley logoFC Sporting Keighley 0
Rolls 3

FC Sporting were again depleted with four regulars missing but were still good enough to make Craven League Premier Division title chasers Rolls work hard for progress in the Northern Plant Hire Trophy.
Aatir Zuber Shehzad was man of the match but, with the league’s top scorer Aaran Abbas absent, Sporting were not able to find the target.
Rolls took the lead in the first five minutes from a corner, which the hosts failed to clear and the ball was tapped in from six yards.
Sporting then matched Rolls up to the 70th minute when the visitors’ superior fitness and discipline told and they scored two more goals.
The hosts had to play the last 10 minutes with only 10 men due to a shortage of substitutes and will be hoping to be back to full strength for the return to league action next week.

Crosshills pay heavy penalty

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Embsay 2
(at Embsay)

Crosshills conceded ground advantage and ultimately their place in the Craven League Premier Division Cup.
Two penalties from David Greenwood sent Hills spinning out of the competition, despite a goal from Ben Dewhurst and a man of the match display from Andrew North.

Wilsden on the up

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Wilsden Athletic 2

Brendon Folen and Joe Rae were on target for Wilsden with Alex Lancaster taking the man of the match honours in their Craven League Premier Division victory.
The three points see Wilsden climb two places in the table.

Too little too late for Bingley

Bingley Town logoGargrave 2
Bingley Town 1

Bingley left themselves too much to do after conceding a two-goal first-half advantage at Craven League Division One title-chasers Gargrave.
Man of the match Michael Judson pulled one back after the break but it was not enough to stop Bingley slipping to their fifth consecutive league and cup defeat.

Hardeman raises Bradley’s hopes

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Two first-half goals from man of the match Andrew Hardeman brought Bradley a welcome three points in Division One of the Craven League.
Second-bottom Bradley are now within touching distance of the teams immediately above them with seven games still to play.
It was their first league win since beating Bingley 2-1 way back in September.

Broomhill see off banana skin in style

Broomhill 7 Sutton 2
Broomhill closed the gap at the top of the Craven League Division Two table to a single point with a convincing victory over bottom-placed Sutton.
Having pulled off a stunning cup upset against leaders FC Sporting Keighley last week, another shock was never likely for Sutton, although John Crummack and Nick Trowers did find the target.
Broomhill led 3-0 at half-time and added four more in the second half to avoid the potential banana skin with Joe Slater and Andrew Tanner grabbing a brace apiece and Andy King, David Rhodes and Tom Narey one each.

Murphy’s law rules for Thirds

Oxenhope Rec logoSettle United Reserves 0
Oxenhope Rec III 6

Seventeen-year-old Sam Murphy starred for Oxenhope’s third string as they demolished Settle in the Craven League Division Two Cup.
Liam Dyson 2 and Paul Quinlan completed the rout.
Oxenhope won the battle of in-form sides in stunning style.
The hosts were unbeaten in their last four games but were no match for a rampant Oxenhope side.
Oxenhope manager Lee Collins changed the team around, adding youngsters Sam Murphy, Matty Klava and Paul Quinlan to his starting line-up.
Both teams began the tie positively but it was the visitors who had the better chances in a goalless first period.
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Anson on attack to get Hills back to winning ways

Bradley Reserves 2
Crosshills Reserves 4

Crosshills bounced back from last week’s surprise defeat at Ilkley to pull back ground on the Craven League Division Three leaders.
The game started in a scrappy fashion with neither side taking the ascendancy.
Hills did create chances but failed to convert until Jimmy Anson’s deflected strike opened the scoring.
It took the dubious goals panel to award the effort to the Hills man but there was no doubt over the Bradley equaliser with a sweet strike from left winger Tom Wilson.
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Youth blossoms for Sutton

Sutton new logoSutton Reserves 5
Barnoldswick Barons 3

Youth paved the way for Sutton as they doubled their win and points tally for the season to raise hopes of avoiding the Craven League Division Three wooden spoon.
Alex Cook and Conrad Waggett were on target for the hosts before Scott Russell and Nick Firth 2 struck their first goals since stepping up from the u16s.
Sutton remain four points adrift of Barlick Wanderers at the foot of the table, but with five games in hand.

Denholme turn table upside down

Salem 0 Denholme United 4
A two-goal blast from Luke Dickensen gave Denholme a solid base to pick up all the points from their Halifax League Division One trip to Salem.
Ross Carnall and Michael Midgley were also on target as United pulled away from relegation danger against their high-flying hosts.