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.
Oxenhope Rec 3
Myrtle Park 1
Oxenhope u18s completed a Craven, Aire & Wharfe Junior League double over their Bingley opponents.
The home side took the lead after 10 minutes when Lewis Hopkinson played an astute ball into Callum Holmes to fire in from a tight angle.
Late in the first half Callum Franklyn switched the ball to Joe Cutler to find the net from an acute angle.
It looked comfortable for the home side but in the second half Myrtle Park came more into the game and pulled one back on the hour. Oxenhope eventually made the points safe when Hopkinson, Tom Bradley and Holmes were involved in a one-touch passing movement that ended with Cutler bagging his second.
Oxenhope Rec 2
Beeston St Anthony’s 5
Oxenhope made a sluggish start to their West Yorkshire League Premier Division encounter and were made to pay for it as a well organised and rampant Beeston, aided by a strong wind in their favour took full control of the first half.
The visitors opened the scoring after 10 minutes when a break down the right and a cross along the bye line was squeezed in at the near post from close range.
On the quarter Beeston added their second, a corner was swung in, a header smacked against the crossbar and a follow up header found the roof of the net.
Soon after things could have got worse when a wind assisted strike from distance seemed destined for the top corner but keeper Sam Lee flung himself across the goal and tipped the ball over.
Beeston St Anthony’s Res 1 Oxenhope Rec Res 0
Having beaten Beeston’s second string in the league earlier in the season, Oxenhope knew the home side would want revenge in the West Yorkshire League Trophy.
The home side produced the early pressure but Oxenhope’s defence dealt comfortably with the threat.
The visitors gradually started warmed to their task and James Bailey’s long distance strike was blocked and Grez Robinson dribbled his way past two defenders but his final strike lacked power.
Oxenhope Rec III 5
Settle United Reserves 0
Oxenhope were back at home for the first time since the middle of October in Division Two of the Craven League.
A few changes to last week’s starting line-up, when Rec won 6-0 at Settle in the cup, were made with Tom Brown, Ben Manning and Connor Madden coming in.
Oxenhope won the toss and decided to play down the slope.
The deadlock was nearly broken in the first minute when a long ball from Galders left Madden one on one but brought a good save from the goal keeper.
The opening goal came from some good hounding play from Manning who won the ball back to pass it to Trowers who smashed the ball in from 30 yards out.
On the ball: Will Wells in action for Oxenhope Rec against Field in the West Yorkshiire League Cup recently. Will is hoping to test his skills on the playing fields of America later this year. Picture: Alex Daniel.
Captain’s role: Will captained Guiseley in their FA Youth Cup clash with North Ferriby United.
An Oxenhope footballer is appealing for help in his bid to fulfil a dream career move to the United States.
Will Wells, 17, has five offers of places at colleges in America after impressing in trials with Sports Recruiting USA.
But the Guiseley Youth and Oxenhope Rec player has to raise £4,500 a year for the four years needed to study for a degree across the Atlantic and is appealing for sponsorship.
Wells said: “I signed up to Sports Recruiting USA last year and since then have taken a SAT exam in York and attended showcase events and collected video footage in order to put together a profile of me for the American coaches to look at.
“I would be hoping to head out to America in August but the only thing stopping me are these funds.”
Will won the West Riding County FA Youth Cup with Wharfedale FA last season.
Ohio Valley University, Middle State Georgia College, University of Mount Olive in North Carolina, University of Rio Grande in Ohio and Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia have all offered a place to the former Oxenhope Primary School and Oakbank High School pupil, who has also studied at Shipley College in Saltaire as part of his scholarship with Conference North side Guiseley.
“I previously played for Queensbury Celtic Juniors with a spell at Bradford City’s development centre and was with Oakworth Juniors for a year before moving to Guiseley.”
To offer any sponsorship or help with Will’s dream, he can be contacted on 07592 087543 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxenhope Rec 2
Knaresborough Town 2
A battling performance by the nine men of Oxenhope saw them come back to salvage a deserved share of the points in a thrilling West Yorkshire League Premier Division game that had everything.
On a cold afternoon, a good-sized crowd were rewarded with an end to end match, with some good football played on a heavy, tacky pitch.
Knaresborough were quickest out of the blocks and their pacy and lively football had Oxenhope on the back foot with goalkeeper Sam Lee making a fine save and skipper Scott Nelson clearing off the line.
The home side gradually came into the game, Josh Kaine bringing a good save out of the keeper and Craig Morris heading over.
At the other end, stand-in defender Ollie Metcalfe made a superb block when one on one, so at half time it was honours even.
After 50 minutes the deadlock was broken when a shot from the edge of the box hit Will Wells’ hand and the referee pointed to the penalty spot and the kick was converted.
Their lead was short lived. Kaine broke down the right, his cross found Dan Moriarty, he laid the ball into the path of Morris and he hit a scorching shot, which the keeper touched over. It was from Moriarty’s resulting corner that Liam McNicol powerfully headed home at the near post.
Brighouse OB Reserves 1
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 3
Oxenhope’s second string went back to the top of the West Yorkshire League Alliance Division One table.
But they had to come from behind to secure another three valuable points.
The result was all the more surprising in that the team had six regulars absent from their previous line-up.
The home side started the brighter as Oxenhope struggled to find their feet on an extremely wet and slippery pitch.
Brighouse took the lead when their wide player got in behind the Oxenhope defence and squared the ball for an easy tap in.
Another attack saw defender Ben Manning clear at the far post as Brighouse’s long ball tactics created problems.
Manager Steve Davies changed to a 4-4-2 formation, which made an instant impact and just before the break Grez Robinson waltzed his way past two defenders, played the ball out to Tom Thompson and his cross was volleyed home by the on-rushing James Bailey.
Settle United Reserves 0
Oxenhope Rec III 6
Seventeen-year-old Sam Murphy starred for Oxenhope’s third string as they demolished Settle in the Craven League Division Two Cup.
Liam Dyson 2 and Paul Quinlan completed the rout.
Oxenhope won the battle of in-form sides in stunning style.
The hosts were unbeaten in their last four games but were no match for a rampant Oxenhope side.
Oxenhope manager Lee Collins changed the team around, adding youngsters Sam Murphy, Matty Klava and Paul Quinlan to his starting line-up.
Both teams began the tie positively but it was the visitors who had the better chances in a goalless first period.
Steeton Reserves 1
Oxenhope Rec III 2
Oxenhope third string came up against Keighley FA Supplementary Cup holders Steeton and pulled off a superb victory to make it an all-Oxenhope final.
It will mark a piece of Keighley football history when they meet their reserve colleagues in the showpiece final in April.
The first 10 minutes saw both team seem to weigh each other up and nerves played a part.
Oxenhope settled quicker and started pushing the hosts back with some good attacking play down either flank.
After 25 minutes Oxenhope took the lead when Nivard Trowers played the ball down the wing and Connor Madden floated a beautiful ball to the back post, which Liam Dyson overhead kicked across goal to the ever reliable Joel Gallagher, who dispatched the ball underneath the Steeton keeper.
Oxenhope pushed for the second, hitting the bar twice, but it was Steeton who levelled when Greig Hudson’s strike couldn’t be kept out by Pete Gower, even though he got a good hand to the ball.
That lifted Steeton and come the half-time whistle it was the Chevrons who had the better advantage of the ball, without creating any chances. This was the down to a good Oxenhope defensive unit.
East End Park 3 Oxenhope Rec 1
Oxenhope produced their poorest performance of the West Yorkshire League season when they travelled to relegation-threatened East End Park and slumped to defeat, despite scoring the opener.
Oxenhope started the brighter and on the quarter-hour Will Wells poked home Dan Moriarty’s corner.
From another corner Scott Nelson glanced a header wide and Tom Marshall went close with a couple of efforts.
All looked well but midway through the half the home side equalised from a long throw, which was flicked on and tapped in at the far post.
This lifted East End and they started to dominate play and just before half-time they were rewarded when a shot from a tight angle was parried by keeper Sam Lee and the rebound was tucked away.
Oxenhope tried to get back into the game in the second half but passes went astray and they never really got into any kind of rhythm.
On the other hand East End were determined not to let their three vital points go in their fight against relegation. Late on they made the points safe with a long ball over the top and a striker finished well in what proved to be a bad day at the office for the boys in orange.
Oxenhope: Lee, Wells, McNicol, Nelson, Walton (Bentham), White, Kaine (Day), Moriarty, Morris, Quinlan, Marshall.
Settle United have appealed against the decision to expel them from the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup.
They had beaten Oxenhope Rec 3-2 in the quarter-finals but were thrown out after it emerged one of their goalscorers was ineligible.
Settle secretary Luca Caggiano told the Craven Herald: “We were not aware at the time that John Beckwith was ineligible. We accept now that he hadn’t played enough games but we are unhappy about the way the protest was made.
“We believed he was okay to play, having featured in the previous round. We asked the West Riding FA to consider all the games we had called off over the Christmas period, which would have increased his number of appearances, but they said no.
“Oxenhope did their homework and were aware of the situation regarding John Beckwith’s eligibility, but they did not say anything until after the match.
“We feel this is against the spirit of the game. They could have protested once they saw his name on the team sheet. If the issue had been raised at the time we would have removed him from the team.
“We didn’t do our homework but it would appear that Oxenhope did theirs. We have made our appeal and will await the outcome.”
Read the full story on the Craven Herald website, here.
Oxenhope Rec 2
Oxenhope completed a league double over Shelley in a West yorkshire Premier Division game of contrasting halves,.
The home side dominating the first period and Oxenhope had the better of the second.
The visitors started the brighter but after 10 minutes a corner was swung in and a partial clearance fell to a Shelley player on the edge of the box who blasted it home through a sea of legs.
Oxenhope were put under pressure as the home side seized the initiative but wayward finishing and a diving finger tip save to touch the ball over the bar by keeper Sam Lee enabled Oxenhope to keep the deficit to the single goal at the break.