Topic: Oxenhope Rec

Trophy hopes end for reshuffled Rec

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Oxenhope narrowly lost out in the West Yorkshire League Trophy quarter-final, despite a committed display in an entertaining and competitive game.
The men in Orange were forced into wholesale changes through ineligibility and players being unavailable and this was clear to see in the opening exchanges as Hunslet came flying out of the traps.
With a strong spine and plenty of pace, Hunslet dominated the first half hour, taking advantage of confusion among Oxenhope’s makeshift back four. 
They created a couple of excellent openings, only to be denied by the excellent goalkeeping of Nick Hudson, before they finally took the lead 20 minutes into the game.
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Lee off as rusty Rec struggle

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Oxenhope played their first West Yorkshire League Premier Division fixture since December 28 and their rustiness certainly showed in a scrappy first half performance.
Not having their leading goal scorer Michael Garnett available did not help their cause and at the break they trailed 3-1 despite taking the lead.
Dan Moriarty floated a free-kick into the opposition’s penalty area after 10 minutes and Gaz Ritson was on hand to force the ball past the keeper.
After 20 minutes, Shelley equalised when a corner was headed in at the far post and two minutes later the visitors took the lead when a diagonal ball across the front of goal was put away.
Ritson went close to claiming his second when he headed Chris Day’s cross narrowly wide.
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Oxenhope go nap to put title on hold

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Grassington United Reserves 0

Oxenhope made it eight wins in a row to deny Grassington the chance of being crowned champions just yet.
The runaway Craven League Division Three leaders were brought crashing to earth by one of three Keighley area teams fighting for the second promotion spot.
Oxenhope put out a strong side, which included Nivard Trowers, Graham Robinson and Jim Bailey.
The hosts started the game playing up the slope and went for a 4-5-1 formation with Terry Cooper up top on his own.
Young Nick Sharples, returning from a lay off, was faced with the the formidable task of playing left back up the slope, which is a thankless task, especially on a slippy pitch
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Oxenhope plan to turn to youth

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec are making a return to youth football, several years after a junior team last represented the village.
Next season will see Oxenhope playing at u17/18 level for the first time for about 13 years.
The team will be made up of local youngsters already at the club plus the bulk of this season’s Oakworth Juniors u16s squad and are expected to play their games at Marley until the problems with the Centenary pitch are sorted.
Current Oakworth u16s manager Paul Scott will manage the side, who have yet to decide which league they will be applying to join.
The last junior team run by Oxenhope produced players such as Chris Day and Ben White and played on the Slope under Colin Day.

Oxenhope pick up baton in race to promotion

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Oxenhope climbed above Broomhill in the race for the second promotion spot from Division Three of the Craven League.
The Slope beat the wet-weather call-offs but home manager Lee Collins went with 3-5-2 due to conditions.
Broomhill won the toss and decided to take the game to the hosts by opting to play down the slope .
The Badgers started off the better with their best attacking play coming down the right hand side through Joe Slater.
Despite the pressure and the condition of the pitch, Oxenhope’s young guns opted to play tidy football up the slope and after 25 minutes some excellent football involving William Wells and Connor Madden released new signing Ellis Atha and he played an outstanding back heel for young Mckenzie Dawson to run on to and calmly chip the onrushing goalkeeper with the outside of the right boot to put the Oranges ahead.
Broomhill logoThe Badgers pushed for an equaliser but came up against a determined defence of Marshall, Richard McCullough, Tom Brown and veteran Chris Gelders, who kept chances to a minimum.
But after 35 minutes Broomhill swung in an awkward corner, which Andy Fox stretched to get his head on but flicked the ball straight over Pete Gower.
The second half saw Collins go for a more attacking 3-4-3 formation to give more support to Terry Cooper, who had led the line tirelessly in the first half.
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Steeton v Oxenhope – Oxenhope’s Match Report

Action from Oxenhope's County Cup defeat at Steeton. Pictures: Simon Pickles

Action from Oxenhope’s County Cup defeat at Steeton.
Pictures: Simon Pickles

Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 10.13.22Steeton 3 Oxenhope 0
The long awaited local County Cup derby between Steeton and Oxenhope saw the home side progress to the quarter final stage and gain revenge for their defeat in the Keighley Cup earlier in the season.
A good sized crowd witnessed a scrappy cup tie at Summerhill Lane where neither team produced their best football and Oxenhope’s cause was not helped by giving away two own goals and having a player sent off.
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Steeton v Oxenhope – Steeton’s Match Report

Steeton celebrate their County Cup win over Oxenhope. Pictures: Simon Pickles

Steeton celebrate their County Cup win over Oxenhope.
Pictures: Simon Pickles

Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 10.13.00Steeton 3 Oxenhope 0
After weeks of frustration and four postponments the eagerly awaited clash between Steeton and Oxenhope finally went ahead on Saturday. Following extensive work on the pitch, groundsman, Albert Bates’ hard work paid off as the referee called an early morning pitch inspection and deemed the playing surface playable. With a large crowd down the scene was set for one of the biggest games the area has seen for a long time.
With both teams being inactive for a few weeks, it was a cagey start to the game with the majority of the possesion being in the midfield. Oxenhope had the first opening when Oli Metcalfe just failed to get on the end of Michael Garnett’s pass. As with most local derby’s there were a few early challenges going in and the referee had his yellow card out on three occasions in the opening fifteen minutes, with Ryan Ives of Oxenhope and Steeton’s Jamie Longley and Matty Kershaw all finding their names in the note book.
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Brown in fine form as Oxenhope see off Ilkley

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Oxenhope Thirds continued in their pursuit of promotion with a game against an Ilkley side that have picked up results as of late.
The first half was very quiet affair with both teams creating very little. Ilkley probably had the best with good cross to the Ilkley forward who headed just past the post.
The second half Lee Collins change things round, moving Andy Fox up front alongside the veteran Tony Cooper.
On 55 minute some good work down the left from Dyson created a chance for Andy Fox who couldn’t quite find room to get a strike at goal so unselfishly played in Tom Brown who smashed it low into the bottom corner.
Oxenhope chased the second to put a decent Ilkley side to bed, this came on 75 minutes from a corner when the young Tom Brown found the returning Rob Pullan who capped off a solid performance with a bullet header past the goal keeper.

Wind is winner but Oxenhope and Silsden happy to play

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With both sides inactive again due their respective postponements, Andy Geary and Sam Duffin got two sides together for a friendly on Marley’s Astroturft.
A game of two contrasting halves was influenced by the strong wind blowing down field.
Both sides had key players missing with Michael Garnett’s notable absence for Rec and no centre halves available for the Cobbydalers.
With the wind at their backs in the first half, Silsden raced into a three-goal lead with a brace from the returning Elliot Holmes and a third from Gary Hill, flicking in at the near post.
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Oxenhope pay penalty for lacklustre display

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aet (90 mins 2-2) Honley won 3-0 on penalties

Oxenhope’s West Riding County FA Trophy exploits and unbeaten start to the season both came to an end at Marley, following a penalty shoot-out defeat.
Oxenhope dominated the first half, missing numerous opportunities before Leroy Hickman broke the deadlock when he chased down the goalkeeper and slipped the ball into an empty net.
The lead was extended soon after when Leon Smith scored a bullet header from Will Lee’s free-kick.
Honley continued to try to play football and didn’t give up as the game became a midfield stalemate until, in the final minute of the first half, they pulled a goal back with their first shot on goal. 
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All change on Oxenhope managerial merry-go-round

Main man: Tony Trowers gives a half-time pep talk to Oxenhope 3rds. He is now the club's director of football.

Main man: Tony Trowers gives a half-time pep talk to Oxenhope 3rds. He is now the club’s director of football.

Kicking Grass logoRecent wet weather has brought an enforced mid-season break. Glyn Smith looks at touchline changes at Oxenhope Rec.
Oxenhope have seen a complete change in their management team.
Rick Cummings took over the second team mantle from Tony Trowers at the start of the season and has got off to a flying start with his team unbeaten.
Tony started the role of developing a re-vamped third team with a lot of young lads joining the club.
Meanwhile another Oxenhope stalwart decided to opt for a complete career and lifestyle change.
Aafter bringing much success to the club, Paul Brearey has finally hung up his boots to don an apron as the new proprietor of the Golden Hind fish and chip shop in Sun Street, Haworth.
I’m sure all that know him will wish him well in his new venture.
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Oxenhope romp into final at expense of nine-man Denholme

Denholme go down to nine men during their Keighley FA Supplementary Cup defeat against Oxenhope. Pictures: Denholme United Facebook page

Denholme go down to nine men during their Keighley FA Supplementary Cup defeat against Oxenhope.
Pictures: Denholme United Facebook page

Will Lee, left, was one of three Oxenhope players to score three or more goals.

Will Lee, left, was one of three Oxenhope players to score three or more goals.

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Oxenhope Rec Reserves 14

Oxenhope reached their fifth consecutive Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final with a crushing victory over their Halifax League opponents.
With Foster Park waterlogged, the match was switched to the Tip Top at Marley and it was clear format he start Denholme were going to have a difficult task coping with the pace of the West Yorkshire League side’s attack.
That became even more a problem as the game wore on and they had two players sent off.
Gaz Ritson, Leon Smith and Leroy Hickman all went close early on before Smith opened the scoring after 12 minutes when he burst through and fired home.
It quickly became 2-0 three minutes later when good work on the left by Hickman saw Will Lee knocked the ball home from seven yards.
More action from Denholme United's Facebook page from their defeat against Oxenhope.

More action from Denholme United’s Facebook page from their defeat against Oxenhope.

The men in orange weren’t about to sit back on their lead and just after the 20 minute mark they were awarded a penalty following a handball on the line.
Lee stepped up to add to his tally, though it was a close call as the ball crept agonisingly under the keeper’s body.
The Slope were now cruising and man of the match Ritson got the first of his four goals when he nodded home at the back post following a wonderful cross from Hickman in the 25th minute.
With Oxenhope 4-0 to the good and Denholme down to 10 men following the penalty award, it was already a difficult task for the ‘hosts’.
But it became an impossible quest around the half hour mark when, following a bit of handbags in the midfield, United had another player dismissed.
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Goal crazy times for Oxenhope

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West Yorkshire League Premier Division side Oxenhope comfortably sealed their place in this season’s final of the Keighley FA Challenge Cup with a resounding victory over their Craven League Division Three opponents.
With the Reserves beating Denholme even more emphatically in the Supplementary Cup semi-final, it meant the two teams had struck an incredible 27 goals in their two district cup semi-finals.
Oxenhope tested Sporting’s resolve from the whistle but goalkeeper Akhtar Ali produced some brave saves but after 10 minutes even he could not stop a spectacular corner from Ollie Metcalfe that curled under the bar and into the net.
FC Sporting Keighley logoOn the quarter-hourmark Dan Moriarty swung in a corner, there was a scramble in the goalmouth and the ball fell to Scott Nelson at the far post to hammer home.
Minutes later Moriarty scored himself with a good individual effort and he quickly followed this with his second when Metcalfe played him in. His pace took him round the keeper and he side-footed home.
On the half-hour Moriarty scored number five and in so doing claimed his hat-trick, running on to a through ball to finish confidently.
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Tactic change pays off for Oxenhope

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Salts III 0

Oxenhope stayed on the tails of the leading pair in Division Three of the Craven League with a comfortable victory to leapfrog their visitors into third place in the table.
The hosts played up the slope in the first half and defended well to leave things scoreless at half-time.
A change to 4-3-3 for the second half brought early reward when they took the lead when Tony Cooper beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper to finish neatly.
Morris latched on to a long ball from Pete Gower and smashed it first time but the keeper made a strong save but the rebound landed at Walsh’s feet to slot it into the empty net to make the game 2-0.
After 80 minutes, some neat play involving new signings Andy Fox and Connor Madden created a one and one chance for Morris but, instead of taking the chance himself, he unselfishly played the ball to Cooper but the keeper sprang to his right to tip the round a post.
But the respite was brief for Salts, from the resulting corner, Cooper lofted the ball high and Morris nodded home from a powerful header.

Ten-man Oxenhope step up Trophy pace

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Oxenhope Rec Reserves 5
Oxenhope made the long journey to Wakefield for their delayed last-16 West Riding County FA Trophy tie and came home with an impressive victory over their Wakefield League Premier Division hosts to earn a quarter-final place.
It had been a month since The Slope had played and it showed in the early moments with lacklustre passing and positioning.
However, they dealt sufficiently with their opponents’ early probing and began to enforce themselves on the game.
Leon Smith and man of the match Leeroy Hickman were looking particularly lively and both created a couple of opportunities for themselves and strike partner Chris Newman.
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Pitch inspections

Steeton will be having a pitch inspection at 8.30am tomorrow ahead of their West Riding County FA Challenge Cup clash with Oxenhope Rec.
Oxenhope Thirds’ home Craven League match against Broomhill on the Slope is currently on. There will be another pitch inspection at 10am to confirm.
Bradley will be inspecting their pitch early in the morning ahead of the scheduled home match aganst AFC Colne.

New Year starts with hard work for Oxenhope

Oxnop trainingWhile most local footballers will have been nursing thick heads after the night before, Oxenhope Rec players were hard at work on The Slope, preparing for Saturday’s West Riding County FA Challenge Cup and Trophy double.
The first team are at Steeton for the eagerly awaited local derby, while the reserves travel to Walton.
The squad took advantage of the midweek day off to go through their paces and work off any Christmas and New Year excesses.