WEST YORKSHIRE LEAGUE
Oxenhope 2 Beeston 4
A game of two halves saw Oxenhope’s five games unbeaten run come to an end as second placed Beeston took the points following a superb first half display saw them four nil up at the break. The away side started strongly and on ten minutes took the lead as their striker broke through the home defence and fired in from a tight angle. Minutes later they doubled their advantage as the Beeston front man took the ball past two defenders before placing the ball past keeper Sam Lee. On a rare venture into the Beeston half Sean Quinlan set up Scott Nelson but his stinging shot was saved by the keeper. Beeston continued to dominate passing the ball effectively as the home side chased the game. On the half hour the pressure told once again when a free kick was not dealt with and punished. Oxenhope came more into the game, a Quinlan corner came out to Will Lee and his powerful strike from distance was saved low down at the far post. A corner soon after had the Beeston defence panicking as three shots on goal but none found the target. Just when it appeared Oxenhope were turning the tide Beeston broke away, Oxenhope keeper Lee parried the initial shot but had no chance with the follow up as the visitors made it four.
The home side came back to the field in a far more determined mood to try and save some pride. Within ten minutes of the re-start they pulled a goal back, a Chris Day strike was turned round the post and from the resulting corner, a melee in the Beeston box saw a defender put the ball past his own keeper. Oxenhope were now matching Beeston and when Ollie Metcalfe played the ball wide to Tom Marshall he cut inside and slotted in from the edge of the box for the second. Now it was Oxenhope applying the pressure as the home side threw players forwards. Leon Smith had a header tipped over, man of the match Will Lee twice fired close and the marauding Liam McNicol saw a powerful strike saved. But for all of Oxenhope’s pressure they could not find a way through a strong and well organised Beeston rear guard as they held on to the final whistle. On Saturday Oxenhope entertain Knaresborough Town to the Recreation Ground (2.30pm).
Team: Lee S, Nelson, McNicol, Lee W (Wells), Metcalfe, Kaine, Smith, Hopkinson (Blacka), Day, Quinlan (Driver), Marshall.
Alliance Division One
Otley Town Reserves 0 Oxenhope Reserves 5
Oxenhope’s second string continued their excellent start to the season with a ninth straight win to remain joint top with Beeston Reserves. Oxenhope travelled to Otley and were soon on the front foot with Craig Morris hitting the opener. Sam Murphy then hit two goals in the final ten minutes of the first half. The youngster first broke down the left, cut inside, weaved his way across the box going past four defenders to smash the ball into the net. His second again attacking the home defence on this occasion he chose to strike the ball early, beating the keeper and defender at the near post.
In the second half the visitors continued to dominate with sub Gaz Ritson scoring a brace. First squeezing the ball into the bottom right and then latching onto a through ball and placing his shot into the bottom left. This Saturday the reserves travel to Wyke where they will hope to take their winning tally into double figures (2.30pm).
Oxenhope Thirds 2 Skipton Town 2
In a hard fought game Oxenhope had to come twice from behind to take a deserved share of the points. The visitors scored midway through the half and Oxenhope equalised from the penalty spot when Tom Thompson was upended, Under 18’s player Callum Holmes confidently slotted in the resulting penalty. Only for the visitors soon after to go straight up the pitch and re-store their advantage. The second half swung from end to end but man of the match Thompson scored the equaliser with a fine individual effort and the home side nearly collected all three points as several chances came their way in the final quarter.
CRAVEN, AIRE & WHARFE JUNIOR LEAGUE
Oxenhope Under 18’s 8 Embsay Under 18’s 0
For a second week running Oxenhope Under 18’s scored a hat full of goals without reply. Owen Williamson scored the opener with a good solo effort before adding his second in a goal mouth scramble. Sam Murphy added a third when he ran onto a diagonal cross and finished powerfully. Matty Klava then set up Murphy for his second with defender Dan Scott scoring the fifth just before the break, heading in a corner at the far post. Embsay rallied in the second half before Williamson powered in his third from an angle, Murphy latched onto another Klava through ball to bag his hat-trick before Williamson scored his fourth with another individual effort.
Oxenhope Under 15’s 17 Eccleshill Under 15’s 0
In a one sided game Oxenhope’s newly formed Under 15’s team ran riot rattling in seventeen goals !!
Josh Rule hitting five, Danny Smith four, Sam Finnigan three plus strikes from Jake Dowden, Sam Nicholson, Harry Swain, Kian Saunders and Alfie Darke.