Topic: Oxenhope Rec

Sports Recruiting Academy seek U21 players

Sports Recruiting USAJunior stars will be aiming to earn their stripes when the new West Riding County FA u21 kicks-off.
Bingley Juniors and FC Sporting Keighley competed in last season’s midweek competition but this season’s line-up has not been revealed yet.
But there will be plenty of local talent to cheer with a new team entered by the Sports Recruiting Football Academy. The team is made up of some Sports Recruiting USA players but is also open to anyone from the area, with Oxenhope Rec u18s among clubs whose players will be involved.
matches are played at floodlit venues throughout the county, last season UAK and Menston were among the pitches used.
Sports Recruiting USASports Recruiting USA head of operations Chris Cousins said: “This is excellent news for us, as it gives us a great opportunity for our signed clients going out to America in 2015 or 2016 to play against some of the best opposition outside of the pro game in this part of the country.”
Anyone joining the squad will be coached by UEFA licenced coaches but still be able to play for their current club.Cousins said they would also gain the opportunity to gain scholarships in the USA, be seen by clubs in the UK and Europe and watch themselves back because all their games are filmed (the only club to do so).
“There is no cost to join our team but there may be a small fee every game you play (less than £5),” said Cousins.
“If you would like to come play with a great bunch of guys and some great coaches (we think so anyway), we’d love for you to come to our first training session on Monday, August 18, 7-9pm, at Leeds City College’s Horsforth Campus in Calverley Lane (LS18 4RQ).
“This is one just to get everyone together for the first time.”
For more details, visit the event page, here, or for more information, email head coach Tom Butcher.

Silsden surface suits Oxenhope

Oxenhope Rec logoSilsden Development XI 0
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Oxenhope continue to enjoy their matches at the Angel Telecom Stadium.
Only three months after romping to a 7-1 Keighley FA Cup final victory over Silsden Reserves, the West Yorkshire League side returned to repeat the margin of victory in a pre-season friendly.
Oxenhope eventually got the better of their young and enthusiastic opposition, who for the first 20 minutes put in an impressive display of pace and neat, accurate passing.
Strength and experience finally told and the visitors opened their account on the half hour when Dan Moriarty’s corner was met with a firm header from defender Liam McNicol.
SilsdenMinutes later a passing movement from out of defence into attack involving Jason Walton, McNicol, Ollie Metcalfe and Michael Garnett put Tom Marshall in on goal. His initial shot was blocked by the keeper but his follow-up header gave the custodian no chance.
After the break, Oxenhope took control though the young Silsden were always dangerous on the break.
After 50 minutes the West Yorkshire League side extended their advantage when Marshall turned provider, crossing for Liam Walsh to finish and it was Marshall again providing the cross for Leon Smith to beat his marker before driving the ball home.
Smith added the fifth when he broke into the box from out wide, his shot going in off the far post.
Josh Kaine made it six when he broke through the home defence and, despite the efforts of his marker, his persistence paid off when he drew the keeper to put his shot away.

Oxenhope open new season with home run

Oxenhope Rec logoFixtures have been released for the West Yorkshire League and Oxenhope Rec will kick-off their Premier Division season at home to Horbury Town on Saturday, August 16.
Five of their first six matches are at home with Otley Town (20th), Leeds City (23rd), Wetherby Athletic (30th) and Brighouse Old Boys (September 3) all visiting the Centenary pitch.
Their only away match is a midweek trip to 2013/14 league runners-up Beeston St Anthony’s on August 27.
In Alliance One, it is reversed with the Reserves playing three of their first four matches away.
They open with a trip to Hunslet Club Reserves on August 16 with a home match against Field Reserves following two days later.
They round off the month with journeys to Beeston St Anthony’s Reserves and Headingley Reserves.

Dream becomes reality for Madden

Going Stateside: Connor Madden is chasing his American dream

Going Stateside: Connor Madden is chasing his American dream

Connor Madden is heading to the States.
The Oxenhope Rec midfielder has been told he successfully passed trials with Sports Recruiting USA and will soon be flying across the Atlantic.
Videos of the former Keighley Shamrocks, Long Lee and Silsden u19 player in action will be circulated to colleges and universities across the USA.
“I’ve got to build a profile now and get it sent out and wait for offers,” said 19-year-old Madden, who will then be given the choice of which invitations he wishes to take up before jetting away to fulfil his American dream.

Lee strikes twice for Oxenhope

Double strike: Will Lee.

Double strike: Will Lee.

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Beeston St Anthony’s III 1

Will Lee scored twice and Tom Brown once as Oxenhope continued their promising build-up to the new season on the Slope.
A thoroughly entertaining pre-season friendly saw the contest hang in the balance at 1-1 until the final quarter, when the home side’s fitness paid dividends.
Brown latched on to the ball to drive it home after the keeper had parried an initial strike and then Lee, the game’s most influential player, took a touch before hammering the ball into the net, following good build-up play by new signing Ryan Gaughan and McKenzie Dawson.

Beeston step into Oxenhope breach

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec will not be home alone tomorrow after a successful appeal on Keighley Kicks.
The club’s second and third teams were due to play Silsden White Star on the Slope tomorrow but the visitors pulled out.
But it is still match on, after Beeston St Anthony’s III stepped in at short notice for the pre-season friendly, 2pm.
See the updated list of pre-season fixtures for all local teams, here.
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Gr-eight night for Oxenhope

Oxenhope Rec Res 8
Broomhill 1

A strong Oxenhope side proved too tough for their Craven League opponents.
Dale Hawker grabbed a hat-trick with two goals for Craig Morris and one each for Andy Fox and Liam Walsh with Liam Blacka netting a penalty for the West Yorkshire League side.
Andy Tanner hit the consolation for Broomhill.

Can you play Oxenhope on Saturday?

Oxenhope Rec logoThe team is ready, pitch is looking good and referee arranged.
Unfortunately for Oxenhope Rec’s mixed Reserve/Third team, they no longer have any opponents.
Silsden White Star have pulled out of Saturday’s friendly at the Recreation Ground so Oxenhope are looking for a team to step in at short notice.
If you can fill the gap, contact Lee Collins, 0795 8800657.

American dream is beckoning for Madden

US trials: Connor Madden, white shirt, in action in Harrogate.

US trials: Connor Madden, white shirt, in action in Harrogate.

Hot work: Connor Madden gets to hear this week if he is heading across the Atlantic.

Hot work: Connor Madden gets to hear this week if he is heading across the Atlantic.

Oxenhope Rec’s teenage midfielder Connor Madden is facing a trial by video as he looks to take his career overseas.
Madden, 19, from near Braithwaite, played in final trials with Sports Recruiting USA for American colleges on Saturday and is eagerly awaiting news to hear if he has been accepted for a prestigious place across the Atlantic.
Madden had already impressed in an earlier round of trials and videos of him in action were circulated in the USA after he did well in a match involving two teams of players with similar ambitions.
He was one of 12 selected for the final round and was in action again at Harrogate at the weekend.
Madden said: “The trial was to determine whether or not I get a scholarship at an American uni playing football.
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All square for Oxenhope

Oxenhope Rec logoBarnoldswick Town Reserves 2
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An end to end game played on a superb playing surface saw Oxenhope’s second string gain a well deserved draw as they continued their build-up to the start of the West Yorkshire League season.
The home side led 1-0 at half-time but early in the second half Craig Morris fired in an equaliser.
Midway through the second period, a good flowing move resulted in Barnoldswick restoring their advantage but with time running out, James Bailey put in a curling corner for Dan Moriarty to head home.

‘Just like that’ for Thommo and Cooper

Double: Tom Thompson

Double: Tom Thompson

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Ingrow & Worth Valley XI 1

Ingrow fielded teams in two games as they took the chance to look at their large squad ahead of the Craven League season.
While one side were losing by a single goal at Marley against Baildon Trinity Athletic, another was in action at Oxenhope.
The hosts continued where they finished off last season with a convincing victory in sweltering conditions.
The Oranges squad had been boosted by five fresh faces to the already impressive squad.
Oxenhope started down the slope and were on the attack from the off but Ingrow’s defence held firm and was only broken once in the first half when new signing Grez Jackson burst from defence to pass to Tony Cooper, who smashed the ball home.
The second half saw Oxenhope make use of the rolling subs and it paid dividends straight after half-time when Tom Thompson broke through the defence and curled the ball past the on rushing goalkeeper.
Consolation: Ingrow's Dave Harman.

Consolation: Ingrow’s Dave Harman.

Substitute Craig Morris made it 3-0 as he skipped round three defenders and then lashed the ball home.
The fourth came from a neat cross from Brown which new face Jake Palmer slid in at the back post.
Some excellent work from Harry Marshall on the right wing produced a pin point cross for Cooper to score a rare headed goal.
Ingrow got themselves on the score sheet to pull the score back to 5-1 with veteran Dave Harman on target.
The final goal was scored by Thompson, which was a cross-cum-shot that looped over the goalkeeper and landed in the bottom corner.
It was an excellent start to the Oranges’ pre-season with outstanding debuts for 16-year-old Connor McGrann and 17-year-old Sam Cameron, who never looked out of place in their first open age match.

Garnett double sees off trophy holders

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Settle United 1

Oxenhope came from a goal down to defeat West Riding County Trophy winners Settle United at the Recreation Ground this afternoon.
It was the visitors who started the brighter, playing neat, passing football and deservedly went a goal up after 20 minutes.
Oxenhope raised their game and Michael Garnett levelled on the half hour following good work down the right by Will Wells.
The home side took the lead just before the break when Andy Fox lashed the ball home from close range.
Oxenhope dominated the greater part of the second half with Garnett scoring his second thanks to a superb solo effort and Leon Smith cheekily back heeling Scott Nelson’s cross into the Settle net for number four.
The Centenary Pitch played extremely well following the heavy overnight rain and constant drizzle throughout the day and Oxenhope officials are hoping the problems with their new pitch are over.

Variety is key for Oxenhope’s warm-up

Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec have a varied pre-season programme lined up ahead of the West Yorkshire League season.
After Saturday’s opening 5-4 win over North West Counties League side Barnoldswick Town, the rest of the schedule includes a mixture of matches for their first, reserve and third teams with some games being a mixture of two or more.
pre-season. The club’s new under-18s team are also in action.
Sat 19:
Settle United, home, 2pm.
Wed 23: Lower Hopton, away, 6.30pm.
Sat 26: Ingrow & Worth Valley, home; Barnoldswick Town Reserves, away.
Thur 31: Broomhill, home.
Sat 2:
Silsden White Star, home.
Sat 9: Garforth Rangers, home.
Sun 10: Oxenhope III v Oxenhope u18s.

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  • Who’s playing who? Latest pre-season fixtures, here.
  • Garnett shines as Oxenhope return home

    Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope Rec 5
    Barnoldswick Town 4

    The goals flowed as Oxenhope enjoyed a return to action on their troubled Centenary pitch.
    The club are hopeful the new surface’s problems have finally been eradicated and they celebrated their return with a nine-goal pre-season warm-up victory over North West Counties League Premier Division side Barlick.
    Michael Garnett grabbed a hat-trick with Tom Marshall and Leon Smith also on target.
    The hosts led 5-2 but their lack of fitness told as Barlick pulled two goals back to set up a thrilling finish with new signing Josh Kaine making an impressive debut for Oxenhope.
    Oxenhope’s next pre-season friendly is on Saturday against Craven League side Settle United.

    Silsden and Steeton gear up for global date

    Flying start! Silsden is ready for the Tour de France hitting town tomorrow.

    Flying start! Silsden is ready for the Tour de France hitting town tomorrow.

    They're off! The Tour de France sets off from Leeds. Click the picture to follow the race with The Yorkshire Post.

    They’re off! The Tour de France sets off from Leeds. Click the picture to follow the race with The Yorkshire Post.

    Silsden and Steeton go head-to-head with the World Cup, Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix tomorrow.
    The two clubs are playing their part in the Tour de France as the world’s sporting media switch their focus to Yorkshire for the iconic race’s second stage, from York to Sheffield.
    Both communities have entered the spirit of things wholeheartedly with Silsden’s Angel Telecom Stadium on the race route and Steeton not too far away.
    At Silsden, a campsite has been created to cater for the thousands of cycle fans passing the area, while the Chevrons have joined in Steeton village’s Le Tour celebration weekend.
    Steeton are holding a penalty shoot out and keepy uppy competition at a village fun day.
    A large pedestrianised area to view the race has been created on the Steeton to Keighley bypass, which is open from 6.30am.
    The Tour caravan enters Addingham about 10.45am and is expected to take 45 minutes to pass.
    TdFYorkshireThe world’s greatest endurance cyclists are expected to follow at about 12.40pm, depending on the pace.
    That means the caravan is expected to pass Silsden and Steeton at about 11am, going through Keighley five minutes later on the way to Haworth and Oxenhope.
    Racers should be whizzing through Silsden and past Steeton at about 12.45pm and Keighley 10 minutes later.
    Many events are taking place throughout the area and, in Keighley, Steeton’s shirt sponsor A1 Stairlifts are setting up a viewing spot on their large forecourt in South Street with entertainment and a family fun day arranged in aid of charity, from 9am until 4pm. Entry is free and entertainment will be provided by Keighley pop punk quartet You Had Me At Hello. The event also includes a barbecue, drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic), bouncy castle, face painting, tombola, hook a duck and much more.
    TdF routeAfter leaving Keighley, the Tour heads uphill through Ingrow, Hermit Hole and Crosshills to Haworth and Oxenhope, where it passes Oxenhope Rec’s ground before leaving the district on its way to the stage Two finish line in Sheffield. See what Oxenhope has got lined up for the race, here.
    Roads will be closed from 6.30am until mid-afternoon in the following places: Addingham (Village Centre), Silsden (A6034), Keighley (A629, North Street, South Street), Cross Roads, Haworth (Main Street), Oxenhope (Shaw Lane, Hebden Bridge Road).
    Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use and cross the route prior to the main caravan of the race.
  • See the full Stage Two route map, here.
  • More questions about how the Tour de France will affect the area are answered, here.
  • Read the Keighley News’ Tour de France archive, here.
  • Follow the Tour all the way through Yorkshire with the Yorkshire Post, here.
  • New opponents for Oxenhope and Steeton

    West Yorkshire League logoProposed constitutions have been announced for both West Yorkshire’s senior leagues.
    In the West Yorkshire League Oxenhope Rec will be joined in the Premier Division by promoted Knaresborough Town and Robin Hood Athletic, with Kippax and Whitkirk Wanderers dropping to Division One.
    New teams in the league are Hall Green United and Reserves (from County Amateur), Middleton Park and Reserves (Yorkshire Amateur League) and Fryston (switched from Sunday football) all playing in Division Two (Reserves in Alliance Two).
    Oxenhope Rec Reserves have gained the reserve teams of Aberford Albion, Boroughbridge, Ilkley Town and Whitkirk Wanderers in Alliance One, with the second strings of Bardsey, Kippax and Ripon City dropping to Alliance Two. It means their fixtures will increase by two with the division climbing from 13 to 14 teams.
    West Riding County Amateur League logoMeanwhile, the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division brings new opponents for Steeton in the shape of Hunsworth and Lower Hopton, up from Division One, while only Lepton are relegated, following the defection of Hall Green United to the West Yorkshire League, giving a reprieve to Halifax Irish.
    In Division One, Steeton Reserves welcome new opposition from Division Two in the shape of Dudley Hill Rangers, Thornes and DRAM Community, with Salts Reserves and Bay Athletic Reserves relegated.
    League newcomers are Yorkshire Amateur League champions Gildersome Spurs OB, Honley (Huddersfield League) and Hunslet & Parkside Club (Leeds Red Triangle), all in Division Two.

    Oxenhope season begins on Tuesday

    Oxenhope Rec logoOxenhope return to training on Tuesday, July 1, at Oxenhope, 7-9pm.
    All three of the club’s teams will be looking to improve further on a good season last year.
    With managerial duo Steve Davies and James Bailey taking on the second team job, they are looking ahead to taking the team forward.
    The club has also got Dave Henney involved in a coaching role. He has a full pre-season programme set out to make sure all players will be fully prepared for the season ahead.
    New, old and returning players are welcome to go along.