Oxenhope Rec Reserves 6
Field Reserves 0
Oxenhope second string maintained their unbeaten start to the West Yorkshire League Alliance One season with a comfortable victory.
In a frustrating first half, Oxenhope struggled to get out of first gear and find the energy and combination play of the previous week.
A couple of half chances went begging but the half ended without either keeper being troubled.
Oxenhope started the second half with a much better attitude and came flying out of the traps.
The front three of Butcher, Ritson and Smith began to find more space and they began to beat their markers time and again.
It didn’t take long for Oxenhope to open the scoring when Leon Smith raced through one on one with the keeper and slid the ball past him and into the net.
Will Lee’s free-kick sets up Oxenhope for a goal, above, and he joins the celebrations, below.
Oxenhope Rec Res 3
Leeds City Res 1
Oxenhope Reserves continued their excellent start to the season by knocking reigning champions Leeds City Reserves out of the West Yorkshire League Trophy.
Sloppy passing, nervy defending and swift counter attacks were the features of the early exchanges with neither side able to get a foothold in the game.
That did, however, change when a weak defensive header by the Oxenhope centre half fell invitingly for the Leeds attacker some 30 yards from goal. The City striker took full advantage of the opportunity striking a stunning volley first time into the net.
The visitors then enjoyed their best spell of the game and only a fantastic work rate and some dogged defending meant Oxenhope stayed in touch, reducing Leeds to shots from outside the area which where routine work for the excellent Hudson in goal.
Oxenhope go close to goal.
Throughout this spell Oxenhope had always looked a threat on the break with the lively Smith, Morris and Ritson keeping the Leeds defence on their toes. It was the latter who got Oxenhope back into the game when he latched on to a diagonal ball, before advancing and firing across the keeper and in to the back of the net to equalise. Oxenhope had the momentum now and they never really relinquished it pressing the opposition for the rest of the half creating some good opportunities.
Broomhill 1 Oxenhope Rec III 1
Oxenhope had a good day when they shared the points with Broomhill, who had so far this season taken maximum points in their Craven League Division Three fixtures.
The visitors got off to a great start with Marc Westerman hitting a 25-yard strike after just five minutes. Broomhill gradually started to impose themselves on the game but found Oxenhope keeper Pete Gower in good form.
They continued the pressure after the break and equalised after 65 minutes and pressed for the winner but Oxenhope’s young team held out for a deserved point.
Bardsey 2 Oxenhope Rec 3
Oxenhope travelled to Bardsey and out battled the reigning West Yorkshire League Champions to deservedly take maximum points, in an enthralling game played at a high tempo, with no quarter asked or given.
The visitors had the best of the opening salvos and on 25 minutes took the lead when a short corner routine between James Bailey and Sean Quinlan, saw the latter play in Tom Marshall, his cross goal pass found defender Scott Nelson at the far post to stab the ball home.
Oxenhope 0-4 Leeds City
Oxenhope’s valiant attempt to lift the West Yorkshire League title was extinguished in their final game of an exciting season. Going into the game they had to hope league leaders Bardsey dropped points at mid-table Wetherby, while Oxenhope needed at least a draw against third placed Leeds. In a tense opening to the game the hosts had several good chances to take the advantage. First a goal bound free kick from Ollie Metcalfe was touched on to the bar by the Leeds’ keeper, the visitor’s goal was then put under pressure from two resulting corners that were cleared off the line. The visitors then broke down field and scored from a shot that smashed the underside of the bar and bounced over the line. Leeds now took the initiative and keeper Grahame Ellis kept the home side in the contest with a superb double save to keep the deficit down to a single goal at the break.
In the second half the Worth Valley side pressed for the equaliser but came up against a resolute and well organised Leeds defence and forwards that hit quickly on the break. As Oxenhope chased the game, with tiring legs from 6 games in 14 days exposed, and the visitors took advantage to bag their second on 70 minutes; a cross to the far post was headed in. Leeds extended their advantage on 80 minutes a shot going in off the post and added a penalty at the death. The result sees Leeds leap-frog Oxenhope into the runners up position.
A superb campaign that has seen Oxenhope, in their Centenary year, rising from tenth position last year to third slot and challenging for the title, plus being the league’s leading goal scorers in a truly memorable season. Credentials that manager Paul Brearey will hope to build on next time round.
Oxenhope 7-0 Kippax
A 7-0 thrashing of Kippax ensured Oxenhope remain on course for a chance of securing the West Yorkshire League’s Premier Division title.
Oxenhope dominated play from the whistle, Will Lee hitting the post from 40 yards out and a couple of good efforts from Dan Moriarty just off target. On the half hour Lee and Michael Garnett linked up to deliver the perfect cross for Moriarty to head in the opener. Five minutes later a Moriarty corner was palmed away by the keeper but fell to Garnett at the far post and from an acute angle he lashed the ball into the net. Soon after a crude challenge on Ollie Metcalfe saw the midfield playmaker carried off, and the Worth valley side had to re-organise.
After the break Oxenhope continued to press forwards and on the hour Garnett won the ball and threaded a through ball to Gaz Ritson, with a one on one with the keeper the wide player tucked the ball away confidently. On 75 minutes Garnett surged into the area and was brought down, the referee had no alternative but to send the Kippax defender off and Chris Day drove home the spot kick. Moriarty then saw a strike hit the crossbar before on 80 minutes, a Ritson cross was met by a Garnett header down to Lee and he hammered home the fifth. Minutes later sub Joel Gallagher rolled the ball into Garnett to finish at close range and the rout was complete when a handball by a defender was dispatched by Day from the penalty spot and in so doing notched up Oxenhope’s hundredth goal of the season.
Already with several players on the injured list manager Paul Brearey will have to shuffle his pack once again with injuries to midfield maestro Ollie Metcalfe and defender Rob Andrew that will make his task of an assault on the summit even harder. With no rest bite on the fixture list Oxenhope play league leaders Beeston and Pool mid-week before hosting East End Park on Saturday (2.30pm) at the Recreation Ground.
Whitkirk Wanderers Res 1-2 Oxenhope Rec Res
Oxenhope Rec Reserves managed to just about clinch three points in this West Yorkshire League Alliance Division One clash at Whitkirk.
After last week’s success of lifting the Keighley Supplementary Cup, Oxenhope’s second string struggled to find any consistency against relegation battling Whitkirk, in what proved to be a physically bruising encounter.
The home side took the lead, but Oxenhope struck back with two second half strikes from Will Lee and Craig Morris. This Saturday they entertain Rothwell Reserves at Marley.
Oxenhope Rec 6-1 Carlton Athletic
Two victories in a week ensured Oxenhope still have an outside chance of lifting the West Yorkshire League Premier Division title, after an emphatic 6-1 victory over Carlton.
Oxenhope had the visitors on the back foot for the majority of the game, as they showcased some of their best football of the season. They started brightly, with some slick enthusiastic passing, and could have taken the lead early on. Tom Marshall set up Ollie Metcalfe whose effort struck the post. The break through came on 25 minutes when a Dan Moriarty corner was turned in at the near post by defender Chris Day. Carlton responded almost immediately though, as they attacked straight from the restart that followed the goal. Oxenhope’s lead proved to be short lived, as Mark Bentham was adjudged to have handled in the area, and Carlton converted the spot-kick that followed.
The Worth Valley outfit restored their lead soon after though, when Michael Garnett fired in a vicious strike from the edge of area. They added a third before the half time break, when Tom Marshall produced some excellent work before squaring unselfishly to a waiting Joel Gallagher, who duly tucked away.
Oxenhope continued their dominance after the interval, with the Carlton keeper having to instantly deny Moriarty with a smart double save. Carlton were always dangerous on the break however, and did see one effort cannon back off the home side’s crossbar. Oxenhope maintained the upper hand they possesed, and added a fourth on the hour mark. Jon Clewes saw his effort blocked, but Metcalfe was on hand to nonchalantly stroke the ball home amongst a sea if players. A fifth was not too far behind when man of the match Marshall dribbled the ball into the box before cheekily lifting it over an on rushing keeper. Oxenhope wrapped the game up with another mazey run from Marshall, this time however he was brought down in the Carlton area, Day stepped up to convert, resulting in a 6-1 finish to the home side.
Oxenhope now find themselves in 4th place in the Premier Division, with games in hand over leaders Bardsey, Beeston and Leeds City. They face Otley Town this coming Wednesday, before welcoming Kippax to the Recreation Ground this coming Saturday. A six pointer waits on Bank Holiday Monday, as they travel to fellow rivals Beeston.
Sutton 2-0 Oxenhope Thirds
Sutton condemned Oxenhope’s third string to a Craven league Division 3 defeat after two first half goals. Oxenhope however battled to get back into the game in the second period, even spurning a penalty, but it was not to be. They travel to Grindleton Reserves in their final league fixture of the season. (2:00pm)
East End Park 1-2 Oxenhope
Oxenhope left it late to secure a vital three points in their last push to reach the summit of the West Yorkshire League’s Premier Division.
On a long East End Park pitch , the home side relied on a route one long ball approach, which Oxenhope didn’t look too comfortable with. This eventually paid off for the home side, as they took the lead after just seven minutes. A long ball down the right hand side was simply not dealt with, and the East End winger cut inside and finished powerfully. They spurned more chances, but failed to capitalize on Oxenhope’s failure to adapt to the long ball approach.
An injury to the visitors central defender Jason Walton at the break saw the introduction of Ollie Metcalfe, who brought some stability to the ship, bringing the ball down and distributing passes successfully.
Eventually the visitors started to pose a significant threat to the home side, and equalized in the 70th minute, a frantic scramble in the area eventually led to Joel Gallagher forcing home. Oxenhope then huffed and puffed, as their desperation for three points showed. ‘Keeper Nick Hudson kept them in the game however, saving after an East End breakway.
They got their wish however, Michael Garnett cut the ball back to a waiting Tom Marshall, who took a touch before firing in a winner for Oxenhope.
Oxenhope Res 2-1 Steeton Res
Liam Dyson secured Oxenhope cup glory.
Pictures: David S Brett.
A late goal for Oxenhope Reserves secured their third Keighley FA Supplementary Cup in four years, after defeating Steeton Reserves at Silsden’s Angel Telecom Stadium.
Oxenhope started brighter in the opening exchanges, however a deadly Steeton counter attack just before the half time interval resulted in Adam Spencer muscling his way clear of a covering defender and poking the ball in at the far post, just beyond the reach of keeper Sam Lee.
Despite the setback, Oxenhope continued to gain the upper hand after the break, and their efforts were rewarded on the 50 minute mark, Will Lee’s powerful free-kick took a slight deflection before flying into the Steeton net.
Luke Scott claims the trophy.
Pictures: David S Brett.
Just after the hour mark Oxenhope completed the comeback, Tom Thompson’s ball in was parried by Steeton keeper Paul Linyard, but only into the path of a lurking Liam Dyson, who tucked away to give Oxenhope the lead.
The young Steeton side refused to give up however, and continued to threaten on the break.
But Oxenhope held on to secure the cup, with captain Luke Scott lifting the trophy.
You can find all the photos from last night’s game at David Brett’s site, here.
Rothwell 2-3 Oxenhope Rec
Oxenhope responded with a gutsy performance against Rothwell after their disappointing West Yorkshire League cup exit at Horbury Town.
The home side however carried the early momentum as Oxenhope struggled to adapt to a change in formation, and their cause was not helped when influential captain Ben White was withdrawn from proceedings through injury. Rothwell failed to capitalize on their early pressure, whilst Oxenhope spurned a couple of good chances just before the break. Dan Moriarty fired over before Michael Garnett’s effort managed only the side netting.
Goalless at half time, but Rothwell took the lead just after the interval, some great work from their wide man evading three tackles before blasting into the far corner. Oxenhope leveled minutes later after a close range effort from Michael Garnett. They then managed to take the lead after young Tom Marshall pounced on a parried Garnett effort to sweep the ball home. Their lead was shortlived, as 10 minutes later, Oxenhope’s defense was guilty of failing to deal with an incoming free-kick from which Rothwell equalized. The visitors snatched the win though with just five minutes left on the clock, as Man of the Match Michael Garnett used both power and strength to drive into the area and hit home an unstoppable winner. Oxenhope rewarded with the three points after a steel performance, which keeps them in a challenging position in the top 4 of West Yorkshire League’s Premier Division.
Bardsey 2 Oxenhope Rec 2
Oxenhope produced a superb comeback to snatch a point against Premier Division leaders Bardsey in the West Yorkshire League.
Oxenhope had to make do without four key players, and it showed as they struggled in the opening exchanges. The home side took the led on ten minutes after a Bardsey forward converted a free header. It went from bad to worse for Oxenhope, as an attempted headed back-pass was intercepted and fired in off the post, to give Bardesey a two goal half time advantage.
After some stern words from Oxenhope manager Paul Brearey Oxenhope came out battling in the second period. They got their break after 50 minutes when a Dan Moriarty corner fell to Michael Garnett, who fired home through a sea of legs. Despite Oxenhope’s new found urgency, Bardsey remained forever dangerous on the counter. Oxenhope stand-in keeper Grahame Ellis produced a brave block to deny Bardsey from a fiercely driven free kick on the edge of the area.
Oxenhope got their reward with five minutes left though, as another threatening Moriarty corner was headed in by man of the match Scott Nelson to provide Brearey’s side a point after the shock comeback.
Oxenhope face Horbury Town next, in an enticing West Yorkshire League Cup Semi-Final clash next Thursday.
Oxenhope Rec Res 4 East End Park Res 5
Oxenhope Reserves played host to a fantastically entertaining Alliance 1 clash with East End Park Reserves, but fell just short of the mark.
Will Lee was a hat-trick hero, with Nivard Trowers also bagged. However it wasn’t enough to overcome a prolific East End.
Oxenhope now face Horbury Town in their eagerly antcipated League Cup semi-final clash on Wednesday, which is to be held at Altofts)
Pool 2-5 Oxenhope Rec
Oxenhope overcame a struggling Pool by five goals to two , in what proved to be a tough test for the visiting side.
Oxenhope took the lead in the opening minute of the game after a fizzing Dan Moriarty effort found the top corner from 18 yards out. Oxenhope doubled their lead after just ten minutes, Gaz Ritson putting pressure on a Pool defender after a ball in, forcing an own goal. Pool however fought back to draw things level before the half time break. A sweeping counter attack led to a Pool forward converting from just six yards out to bring them back into the game, before the Oxenhope defense failed to deal with an incoming free kick, leaving an easy tap in to bring Pool level.
After the break Dan Moriarty brought Oxenhope back into the lead with a cool finish before Joel Gallagher came off the bench to head Oxenhope 4-2 ahead. Top scorer Michael Garnet added the fifth and final goal in the closing stages, capitalizing on a Pool defensive before lifting the ball over an onrushing keeper.
Cononley Sports Reserves 2 Oxenhope Recreation III 0
Jason Shaw and Andrew Hudson secured the win to confirm promotion from Division Three of the Craven League for Cononley.
The first Saturday of April brings early promotion deciding matches for at least three of our local clubs.
It could be winner takes all in a crunch Craven League Division Three clash at the Coulthurst Memorial Ground.
Hosts and leaders Cononley Sports Reserves need only a draw to confirm promotion. But the only team that can still catch the top two are visitors Oxenhope Rec Thirds.
Cononley have 38 points with two matches to play, second-placed Crosshills Reserves are four points adrift with a game in hand, while Oxenhope sit a further seven points behind, but with four games remaining.
In Division Four, FC Sporting Keighley knew a win at Horton would virtually seal promotion because closest rivals Padiham Town and Mannigham All Stars were in opposition and at least one was guaranteed to drop points, unfortunately, that match has been called off.
It’s clear cut in the Halifax League though, where promotion is very machine the hands of Denholme United Reserves.
A win for the village side at home to second-bottom Volunteer Arms in their final Division Three match of the season will guarantee promotion.
United are currently third on 36 points, two behind Shelf and Calder 76 Reserves, but Shelf have completed their fixtures.
Only Calder would be able to top Denholme’s 39-point total.
But their finale at Foster Park tomorrow will be no walkover. They could only scrape a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture last month.
Oxenhope Rec III 3 Oakworth Reserves 1
Oxenhope grabbed all three points in their Craven League Division Three derby to ensure Cononley Reserves are still not mathematically sure of promotion.
Anything but a home win would have meant Cononley were guaranteed a top-three finish.
As it was, a depleted home side dug deep to keep their own promotion hopes alive. Sam Coates 2 and Robbie Davison were on target for Oxenhope, who played the last 70 minutes with just 10 men after suffering an injury and having no substitutes available.
Tom Hill scored for Oakworth.
Oxenhope travel to Cononley on Saturday.