Oxenhope Rec Reserves were thwarted yet again in their attempt to play their West Riding County FA Trophy third-round tie against Mount St Mary’s today.
Both their ground and their opponents’ were snow bound so they will have to try again next Saturday on fourth round day, even looking at playing on artificial pitches in the Keighley area or at Seacroft.
Next Saturday also sees Oxenhope first team attempt to create club history when they entertain Howden Clough for a place in the quarter-finals of the West Riding County FA County Cup, a stage Oxenhope have never reached before in their 102-year existence.
Myrtle Park 0
Oxenhope Rec u18 15
Myrtle Park’s recent up turn in form in the Craven, Aire & Wharfe Junior League came to an abrupt halt as Oxenhope ran riot in Division One of the u18 league.
They were put to the sword by a rampant Oxenhope side with Sam Cameron bagging six, Lewis Hopkinson claiming a hat-trick, Tom Baker a brace and Callum Franklin, Dan Scott, Tom Bradley and Tom Brown a goal each.
Oxenhope Rec 3
Farnley Sports 1
A West Riding County FA Challenge Cup tie of contrasting styles saw Oxenhope negotiate a tricky hurdle in overcoming Farnley, from the Yorkshire Amateur League, to move through to the fourth round.
The visitors, unbeaten in their league this season with seven wins from seven games, posed a big, strong and physical threat, which Oxenhope had to quickly come to terms with.
The home side took the lead after 20 minutes when a cleverly worked corner between Ollie Metcalfe and Tom Marshall allowed Dan Moriarty to rifle the ball into the top left corner from the edge of the box.
After that Oxenhope dominated the rest of the half.
They were guilty, though, of missing several good opportunities to put the tie to bed and the woodwork came to Farnley’s rescue on a couple of occasions.
Early in the second half the home side doubled their advantage following good build-up play between Metcalfe and Moriarty, the latter beating his man and squaring the ball to Marshall at the far post to side foot the ball home.
Oxenhope u18s 3
Oxenhope continued their purple patch of form with a convincing Craven, Aire and Wharfe Junior League u18 Division One victory at Horsforth and in so doing completed the double over their opponents.
The visitors dominated from the opening whistle but it was the home side who took the lead on the half hour mark with their first attempt on goal.
Minutes later Oxenhope equalised. Lewis Hopkinson collected the ball out wide, drove to the bye-line, crossed and Sam Murphy scored with a stooping header.
Just before the break the visitors took the lead when a long ball downfield was misjudged by the home keeper and Murphy capitalised on the custodian’s error.
Ten minutes into the second period, Oxenhope’s dominance was rewarded when a long throw-in was hooked home by Hopkinson.
The visitors continued to have the majority of possession but failed to add to their goal tally.
Settle United 4
Oxenhope Rec III 1
Oxenhope’s third team from Division Two travelled to Craven League Premier Division high flyers Settle United in a first round tie of the Northern Plant Hire Cup.
The underdogs put up a spirited display and trailed by just a single goal scored before the break.
Early in the second half Oxenhope had Settle rattled as they dominated play and their pressure was rewarded when they equalised through Liam Dyson.
Chances continued to come at both ends but it was the home side that regained the advantage after 70 minutes when a cross was dropped by keeper Grahame Ellis in a crowded penalty area and a Settle striker punished the error.
The visitors pressed for the equaliser but as they drove forward, Settle seized two late breakaway goals to give an unfair bias to the score line with Shaun Airey 2, William Beckwith and Liam Swanson on target for Settle.
Oxenhope’s man of the match was Nivard Trowers.
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Oxenhope completed a Craven, Aire & Wharfe League double over Thackley to stay in touch with the u18 Division leaders.
The home side took an early lead when Sam Murphy’s strike was parried by the keeper but Lewis Hopkinson was on hand to put away the rebound.
Soon after, Tom Baker’s free-kick was put into the danger area and was despatched by Murphy.
Before the break the roles were reversed when Murphy put Baker through to score.
Midway through the second half Matty Klava added a fourth, cutting through the visitors’ defence and then scoring at the second attempt.
Thackley scored a late consolation goal and then had chance to reduce the arrears further with a last-minute penalty but stand-in keeper Jordan Barclay pulled off a superb save.
Boroughbridge Reserves 3
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 0
West Yorkshire League Alliance Division One leaders Oxenhope suffered a shock to their title aspirations at mid-table Boroughbridge.
Oxenhope took a strong squad and for the first 30 minutes dominated the game with the home side struggling to get out of their own half.
Gaz Ritson returned after a long injury lay off and it was he who had first sight of goal but Boro’s keeper easily dealt with his effort.
FC Polonia 4
Oxenhope Rec III 3
An enthralling match went in favour of the hosts as Polonia came out on top in a seven-goal Craven League Division Two thriller at Marley.
Oxenhope took the lead through Tony Cooper only for Sebastian Miler’s 20th minute strike to see the teams level at the break
Home man of the match Damian Swies added their second 10 minutes after the interval but a strike from Oxenhope man of the match Leroy Hickman and a goal from Nivard Trowers gave the visitors a 3-2 lead with 20 minutes to go.
It was left to Macilj Gawrydi to score after 70 and 78 minutes to earn all three points for Polonia.
Silsden Development XI 1
Action from Silsden Development XI’s Keighley Cup defeat by Oxenhope.
Pictures: David S Brett.
Oxenhope Rec 3
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Oxenhope came out on top in a repeat of last season’s Keighley FA Challenge Cup final to book a semi-final slot.
But they had a battle to get past a spirited young Silsden side that fielded several players with first-team experience.
Oxenhope had the better of the early exchanges with Josh Kaine bursting through but his powerful shot was met with a strong one-handed save by keeper Wayne Mahomet to touch the ball round a post.
Oxenhope did take the lead after 10 minutes when Ollie Metcalfe put a through ball for Leon Smith to run on to. His lightning pace took him past his marker and he hammered the ball into the net.
Menston u18 1
Oxenhope Rec 2
Oxenhope kept in touch with the Craven, Aire & Wharfe Junior League u18 Division One leaders but had to hold on at the end in a hard-fought game.
The visitors led comfortably at the break with a brace from Tom Baker.
But Menston scored with 20 minutes left and Oxenhope had to put in a brave rearguard action to hold on to the points.
Aberford Albion Reserves 0
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 5
Oxenhope stayed four points clear at the top of the West Yorkshire League Alliance One table with a convincing victory at bottom-placed Aberford.
Will Lee grabbed two with Tom Marshall, Craig Morris and Graham Robinson also finding the net.
The visitors got off to the perfect start with a goal in their first attack, Tom Marshall whipping in a cross for Will Lee to smash in a volley from the edge of the box.
Soon after a smart inter passing move saw Marshall flick the ball round his marker and then deliver a low cross for Lee to side foot into the bottom right corner of the net.
Oxenhope were well on top and passing the ball round comfortably but with the pitch cutting up and getting heavy underfoot the game slowed and became a mid-field battle.
Cononley Sports 0
Oxenhope Rec 4
Goals from Liam McNicol, Dan Moriarty, Lewis Hopkinson and Leon Smith earned Oxenhope a home meeting with Farnley Sports in the third round of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup.
The Craven League hosts battled well but the difference in class in front of goal proved crucial.
The Oxenhope goalkeeper made a couple of good saves to deny Cononley, while two of the visitors goals came as a result of the home team not clearing their lines.
The visitors took the lead after just five minutes. Ollie Metcalfe won the ball in midfield and played it into the path of Dan Moriarty who took the ball on and then rifled an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net from the edge of the area.
Minutes later Oxenhope doubled their advantage when full-back Liam McNicol surged down the left, cut in along the bye-line and played an intelligent ball across the face of the goal for Leon Smith to tap in.
Robin Hood Reserves 1
Early miss and late goal: Tom Thompson
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 2
Oxenhope’ left it late to book their place in the next round of the West Riding County FA County Trophy with a last-minute strike.
They travelled to Robin Hood missing several key players but had early chances to take the lead.
Grez Robinson played in Joe Brady and he rounded the keeper and squared to Tom Thompson be he unbelievably missed an open goal.
Robinson was again pulling the strings in midfield and he put in Brady but his chip was caught by the retreating keeper and then Brady was played in but the referee deemed him offside.
Oxenhope were made to pay for their missed chances when the home side took the lead. A through ball to their striker saw him take it on, round goalkeeper Nick Hudson and roll the ball into an empty net.
Oxenhope showed their character in the second half, drawing level early on when a corner from Robinson was powerfully headed home by Dale Hawker.
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Earby Town Reserves 1
Oxenhope shot to the top of the Craven League Division Two table with a demolition of Earby.
Liam Dyson and Joel Gallagher led the way with a hat-trick apiece and goals from Matthew Klava, Graeme Jackson and James Higgins completed things.
Oxenhope started the game going down the slope and created plenty of early chances.
The first goal came after 10 minites when Nivard Trowers and Dyson took a short corner and Dyson jinked past the first two defenders and curled the ball into the top corner .
Goal number two came from another corner from Trowers with the ball bobbling about before Jackson smashed it in to the roof of the net.
Oxenhope Rec 6
Hunslet Club 3
In a high-scoring West Yorkshire League game, Oxenhope had to come from behind twice to gain three more valuable Premier Division points from a hard-fought game against a very physical Hunslet side.
The visitors took the lead after 10 minutes when a through ball found a Hunslet forward. He rounded keeper Sam Lee and slotted home.
On the quarter, Oxenhope levelled when Michael Garnett latched on to a weighted pass, beat the offside trap and hit the target.
But Hunslet soon regained their advantage. On a counter attack, their striker found himself one-on-one with Lee and lobbed him as he came rushing from his line.
After the break, Oxenhope hit a purple patch, scoring three goals in the opening 10 minutes.
Leeds City Res 2
Oxenhope Rec Res 1
Top of the table Oxenhope travelled to Adel, a ground where they have never found success in the past and it still remained that way after a disappointing lack lustre West Yorkshire League Alliance One performance.
The home side hold the best home record in the division and proved this point when they took a two-goal lead in the first half.
Sloppy defending gifted them their first goal when their wide player breezed past the Oxenhope defence and smashed the ball in at the near post.
Oxenhope responded with a strike from Gallagher that was tipped on to an upright by the Leeds keeper, only for the home side to burst down field and double their advantage.
Oxenhope did produce a more spirited performance after the break and Gallagher reduced the arrears with a deflected strike.
The leaders chased the equaliser but to no avail and shouldered only their first defeat since the opening day of the season.
Skipton LMS Res 1 Oxenhope Rec III 4
Tony Cooper struck twice and Nivard Trowers and Andy Fox once each as Oxenhope cruised through in the Craven League Division Two Cup.
With squad rotation, manager Lee Collins brought back Cooper and James Higgins into the starting line up and 16-year-old Sam Murphy made his first start for the seniors.
The first goal was a poacher’s goal as Trowers lofted the ball into the Skipton area for Danny Fazackerley to head the ball back across the goal area for Cooper to prod tit home.
The second came from a short corner between Dyson and Trowers, which left Trowers inside the area and he neatly curled the ball to the keeper’s right with the outside of his boot.
The third goal came after a mazy run from man of the match Fox, which left him 35 yards out and he curled the ball into the top corner with a wonderful strike to continue his recent rich vein of scoring .
It was 4-0 at half-time after Murphy showed some neat footwork to skin the full back and from the byline cut the ball back to the awaiting Cooper to get his second.
With the game settled in the first half, Collins made some early substitutions, bringing on 16-year-olds Connor McGran, Matt Klava and veteran James Marshall but this seemed to knock the pace out of the Oranges and allowed Skipton back in the game but by the final whistle they had only managed to pull one back.
Oxenhope Rec u18 3
Oxenhope battled their way to three hard-earned Craven, Aire & Wharfe points to stay in touch with the leaders in League A.
The visitors took the lead on the quarter and had the majority of the play in the first period but on the stroke of half-time Dan Scott headed in the equaliser from a long throw-in.
The home side got on top in the second period and Tom Baker deservedly headed them into the lead from a cross, only for Horsforth to equalise.
Oxenhope’s newly formed side were not to be denied, they worked hard as a team and Matty Klava headed in the winner after 80 minutes.
The visitors strove for the equaliser but Oxenhope’s defence were in no mood to let go of the points with defender Callum Franklyn making a last-ditch clearance to sweep the ball off the line.