Oxenhope Rec u18 2
Long Lee 1
In their final Craven, Aire and Wharfe Junior League game of the season, Oxenhope secured runners-up spot.
Played in atrocious weather conditions, both teams battled against the wind and rain.
The home side took the lead midway through the first half when Lewis Hopkinson’s free-kick was headed in by Sam Murphy.
Murphy added a second after the break, his first shot hitting a post but he made no mistake with his follow-up.
Long Lee pulled a goal back with 10 minutes left but the home side held out to secure the points.
The team’s attention now turns to the League Cup.
Oxenhope Rec 7
Ripon City 2
Oxenhope produced a much improved second half performance to see off relegation-threatened Ripon City in a West Yorkshire League Premier Division game that was spoiled by the strong wind.
The home side had the better of the early exchanges but Ripon gradually started to impose themselves and used the wind to their advantage to put Oxenhope on the back foot.
Just before the half-hour, the visitors took the lead when a wind-assisted free-kick from distance flew into the penalty area. Goalkeeper Sam Lee and defenders collided going for the same ball and a Ripon striker headed the ball into the empty net.
Ripon’s confidence grew and Oxenhope had Josh Kaine to thank for a goal line clearance from a corner and soon after Lee had to dive full length to stop a powerful strike.
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 5
Boroughbridge Reserves 2
Oxenhope’s second string stormed to the summit of the West Yorkshire Alliance Divisions with a comfortable victory over mid-table Boroughbridge.
It was revenge for a 3-0 defeat earlier in the season.
The home side stormed to a three-goal lead in the first half hour. The opener came after 10 minutes when Tom Thompson found himself free in the box and dragged his shot past the stranded keeper.
Soon after, good inter play between skipper Will Lee and Leroy Hickman enabled Jonathan Clewes to break through and he drilled his shot in at the near post.
James Bailey then turned his marker and crossed the ball to the far post for Hickman to head in the third.
Oxenhope Rec III 3
FC Sporting 0
Promotion from Division Two of the Craven League has become a four-horse race as Oxenhope kept their hopes by beating top side FC Sporting.
The home side took the lead midway through the first half when keeper Pete Gower launched a long kick downfield, which was flicked on by Nivard Trowers to Joel Gallagher who slotted the ball beyond the keeper.
The game swung back and forth but after 75 minutes Trowers’ corner was met at the far post by Dale Hawker to hammer the ball home to double the advantage.
The points were made safe when Matty Klava and Ben Manning played in Sam Murphy, the youngster cut inside his marker and hit the bottom corner of the net.
Oxenhope held out to become the first team to stop Sporting scoring in the league since April 5 last year.
Sporting still top the table but have played more games than their rivals. Oxenhope are third, six points adrift of top slot but from three games fewer.
Oxenhope Rec 4
Otley Town 1
A good-sized crowd turned out to see Oxenhope produce an impressive second half display to overcome Otley in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League.
The home side adopted a new defensive formation and took the initiative with Otley on the back foot.
Leon Smith broke through their defence but shot wide.
The visitors were dangerous on the break and Oxenhope keeper Sam Lee made a great double save to keep them out.
After 20 minutes Dan Moriarty produced a pinpoint delivery of a corner and Michael Garnett made no mistake with a powerful header.
Steeton u18 1 Oxenhope Rec 1
Honours finished even in the Craven, Aire & Wharfe League derby as Oxenhope held the newly-crowned league champions to a draw.
Steeton took the lead mid ay through the half when a break down the right and a cross to the far post and put away.
Just before the break Oxenhope were awarded a free-kick well outside the area and Lewis Hopkinson powered in an unstoppable free-kick to secure a point for the league runners-up.
Oxenhope Rec 2 Salts 0
Rising to the occasion: Action from Oxenhope’s county semi-final victory over Salts.
Pictures: Alex Daniel.
Oxenhope will take on Leeds City in the final of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup after beating Salts at Woodlesford this evening.
First-half goals from Scott Nelson and Michael Garnett were enough to give the West Yorkshire League side victory over their West Riding County Amateur League neighbours.
It was all the more rewarding as the whole squad produced an outstanding team performance on the night.
Salts provided the early pressure as they sprayed sharp, controlled passes around the immaculate, large pitch.
The West Yorkshire League side were reduced to chasing the ball for the initial quarter but their defence coped with any danger and restricted Salts to just a single strike on goal that flashed wide.
Gradually Oxenhope started to come more into the game with Leon Smith and Tom Marshall looking dangerous down the flanks.
After 20 minutes the breakthrough came. Smith forced a corner down the right and the ball was whipped in.
Michael Garnett held the ball up and played it into the advancing Scott Nelson to hammer the ball beyond the keeper.
Soon after Dan Moriarty chased down a long ball and was one on one but the Salts keeper Danny Bailey saved well.
The opposition immediately broke down field in numbers but Ollie Metcalfe cut out the danger with a well-timed last-ditch tackle.
Local honour is at stake this evening as Oxenhope and Salts clash in the semi-final of the West Riding County Challenge Cup.
The prize at stake is a place in the final against 2012 winners Leeds City at Elland Road.
The teams clash at the County Ground in Woodlesford, 7.30pm, with Oxenhope determined to make the most of their quarter-final reprieve after being reinstated, despite losing at Settle.
Oxenhope started their record-breaking run in the competition with a first round 9-3 romp at Cowling, while Salts were 3-2 victors at Bramham.
Rec travelled to Craven League opposition again in the second round and returned from Cononley Sports with a 4-0 win. Salts were involved in a goal fest, coming out 7-5 winners against Thornhill.
Farnley Sports were seen off 3-1 by Oxenhope in round three but one goal was enough for Salts to end Steeton’s hopes of a second consecutive final appearance.
Oxenhope beat Howden Clough 5-3 in the fourth round with Salts keeping pace 3-1 at home to Whitkirk Wanderers.
Salts needed extra-time to see off Boroughbridge in the quarter-final and it looked to be the end of the road for Oxenhope when they lost at Settle United. However, the result was overturned on appeal after it was discovered one of the home players was ineligible and so Rec progressed to this evening’s semi-final clash against Marley-based Salts.
This is the furthest Oxenhope have gone in the competition but Salts, who have also never won this cup, are twice winners of the higher-level County Cup, being victorious in 1955 and 1956.
Salts u18s 2
Oxenhope u18s 4
Oxenhope defeated Salts to leap-frog them to secure runners-up spot in their first season in the Craven, Aire & Wharfe Junior League.
The visitors took the lead in the first minute when a measured free-kick from Lewis Hopkinson picked out Callum Holmes who dinked the ball over the keeper and into the net.
After 10 minutes Salts equalised through a defensive error and on the quarter they took the lead following a break down the left.
Oxenhope re-grouped and started to play some superb passing football and just before the break a cross from the left to the far post enabled Joe Cutler to head in a deserved equaliser.
In the second half the visitors were relentless and laid siege to the Salts goal.
Eventually the pressure told when Tom Baker’s initial shot was blocked by the keeper but Matty Klava nipped in to slot the ball home.
Oxenhope continued to give one of their best all round team performances of the season.
The points were secured when man of the match Baker topped off an outstanding performance by scoring a candidate for goal of the season, breaking down the right, going past two defenders, he cut in along the bye line drew the keeper and stroked the ball in from a narrow angle.
Oxenhope Rec 1
Oxenhope travelled to the reigning West Yorkshire League champions and for the first half hour looked the better side, despite a strong wind that spoiled the game.
Leon Smith’s pace caused Bardsey all sorts of problems and from one of his runs Craig Morris headed agonisingly over and Sean Quinlan’s corner was met by Leroy Hickman at the far post but his strike went wide.
The hosts gradually started to come more into the game and just before the break they took the lead when the Oxenhope defence switched off and were punished.
In the second half, and with the wind in their favour, Bardsey started to dominate.
Oxenhope keeper Sam Lee made a superb double save to keep them out and their strikers were guilty of some wayward finishing.
Oxenhope were reduced to hitting them on the break a cross from Quinlan was met by a header from Michael Garnett but the keeper saved.
Silsden White Star 0
Oxenhope Rec 5
Cup holders Oxenhope secured their place in this year’s Keighley FA Challenge Cup final with victory over Silsden White Star.
Oxenhope started firm favourites over their Craven League opposition but in the first half were given a run for their money as the home team matched them for effort and determination but goals either side of half-time saw the tie ebb in Oxenhope’s favour.
The visitors tested the Silsden defence early on with Leon Smith, Tom Marshall and Craig Morris all thwarted by the keeper, while at the other end Jason Walton put in a strong last ditch block to stop a goal scoring opportunity as the game swung from end to end.
Oxenhope took the lead just before the break when Marshall’s persistence down the left and in along the bye line enabled Morris to stab the ball home.
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 7
Treble: Will Lee scored a hat-trick, including two penalties.
Headingley Reserves 1
Oxenhope’s second string played Headingley with no recognised strikers but no-one would have known as the goals flowed in their West Yorkshire Alliance One fixture.
In the second minute, Lewis Hopkinson went through into the box but was brought down and Will Lee expertly converted the resulting penalty.
The home team were quickly brought back to earth when they gifted the opposition an own goal from Headingley’s first foray up field.
The home side bounced straight back as Gaz Ritson broke through the visitors’ defence and pulled the ball back for Graham Robinson to rifle the ball home.
Before the break Oxenhope extended their lead when Lee was played through and rounded the keeper to extend the lead.
Oxenhope Rec III 8 Skipton LMS Res 1
Oxenhope joined in the goal feast along with their first team and reserve colleagues by notching eight against LMS in Division Two of the Craven League to take the club’s tally for the day to 20.
Ellis Atha scoring a hat-trick, Matt Klava collecting a brace with Paul Quinlan, Dale Hawker and Liam Dyson all finding the net.
Next Saturday’s league fixture with Sutton has been postponed because seven of Oxenhope’s players are in the Keighley Minors squad to play Leeds Minors in the semi-final of the West Riding County FA Minors Cup, at Woodlesford (2pm).
The West Riding County FA have tonight thrown out Settle United’s appeal aganst their expulsion from the county Challenge Cup.
The Craven Legue side had beaten Oxenhope Rec in the quarter-final but were removed from the competition and Oxenhope reinstated after they fielded an ineligble player.
Their appeal against that decison has now been dismissed and the county FA have confirmed the semi-final tie at Woodlesford on Thursday, April 2, will be between Oxenhope and Salts.
Knaresborough Town Reserves 1
Oxenhope Rec 1
Oxenhope travelled to Knaresborough for a midweek West Yorkshire League Premier Division match with six of their first team regulars unavailable.
But the makeshift XI deservedly came back with a share of the spoils.
Manager Sam Duffin had to totally re-jig his back four with players from the club’s reserves and third team but they performed admirably as the home side put them under pressure from the off.
Gradually the visitors settled and started to establish themselves with Leon Smith and Dan Moriarty both going close.
After 25 minutes Tom Marshall collected the ball, drove down the centre of the park, jinked past two defenders and let fly from 20 yards and the ball hit the net.
This gave Oxenhope confidence and the game swung from end to end as both teams played quick attacking football on a beautiful playing surface.
After the break, it was a different matter as the home side started in determined mood and 10 minutes in scored the equaliser from a cross headed in at the far post.
Knaresborough smelled blood and went for the winner as Oxenhope had to defend in numbers.
Defensive headers, tackles and blocks were made as the home side camped in the Oxenhope half in what resembled a re-run of the Battle of the Alamo, but hang on they did as every single player did their bit to secure the draw.
Oxenhope: Lee, Madden, Ritson, D Fazackerley (Robinson), Kaine, Clewes, Quinlan, Moriarty, Smith, Morris, Marshall.
Horbury Town 1
Oxenhope Rec 1
Oxenhope travelled to Horbury Town with three key defenders unavailable, while their opponents sat second in the West Yorkshire League Premier Division table and the form side following an unbeaten run of eight games.
In such circumstances, it looked a tough task but Oxenhope put in one of their best team performances of the season to return with a well-earned point.
Horbury put the visitors under pressure for the majority of the first half but Oxenhope’s scratch back four held firm with young Connor Madden, Gaz Ritson and stand-in centre back Ollie Metcalfe putting in outstanding performances alongside the ever reliable Jason Walton.
Oxenhope Rec Res 7
Aberford Albion Res 1
Oxenhope bounced back from last week’s disappointment of going out of the West Yorkshire League Trophy with an uplifting victory over Alliance One relegation threatened Aberford Reserves.
The home side started in a determined mood and in their first attack James Bailey found Leroy Hickman who completed a cheeky step over and side flick to open the scoring.
Minutes later Bailey delivered a cross that was cleared to the edge of the box and Jonathan Clewes smashed home his volley.
Oxenhope Rec III 1
Grassington United Reserves 4
Oxenhope’s tactics of playing up the slope against their fellow Craven League Division Two promotion challengers proved unsuccessful.
Trailing 3-1 at the interval, the hosts had left themselves too much to do and were caught out by a fourth goal chasing the game.
Grassington took full advantage of their downhill advantage in the first few minutes when a good cross was met by the Grassington right winger to give them the lead.
Oxenhope levelled when Ellis Atha’s ball left Tony Cooper one on one with the goalkeeper but he unselfishly squared the ball to Chris Galdes who slotted the ball into the empty net.
Grassington regained the advantage when a goalline scramble saw the ball land at a striker’s feet and he rolled it across the line.
The Dalesmen’s third came from a fine free-kick that left the goalkeeper with no chance.
Oxenhope fancied their chances in the second half and attacked straight from the off but all credit to the Grassington defence who kept the attacking flair of Oxenhope at bay.
Grassington deservedly sealed all three points when a poor free-kick from Oxenhope was cleared and a striker raced through and smashed the home.
Oxenhope: Gower, C Fazackerley, D Fazackerley, Cox, Hawker, Galdes, Manning, Dyson, Trowers, Atha, Cooper. Subs: Quinlan, Klava, Brown, Ellis, Gallagher.