Oxenhope Rec 0
Beeston St Anthony’s 1
Oxenhope bowed out of the West Yorkshre League Cup in an entertaining tie that produced a much improved performance than in recent games, even without leading scorer Michael Garnett, unavailable through injury.
Oxenhope started brightly and had several half chances, the best of which was when defender Jason Walton, returning to first team duties after injury, got on the end of Dan Moriarty’s corner but his firm header flashed agonisingly wide of the target.
Sutton 3 Oxenhope Rec III 5
Man of the match: Grahame Ellis pulled off a superb save.
Oxenhope stayed on the tails of the top two sides in Division Three of the Craven League with another goal-fest, this time at Sutton.
Oxenhope’s new found confidence saw them start the game on the front foot and with a flowing passing movement new signing Leroy Hickman stroked in the opener after 10 minutes.
On the quarter they doubled their tally when Tony Cooper hit a powerful 25 yard strike that found the net.
Sutton hit back with a goal but just before half-time Grez Robinson curled in a free-kick to re-establish the two-goal cushion.
Old Headingley Res 1
Oxenhope Rec Res 3
Oxenhope progressed to the third round of the West Yorkshire League Trophy but it took extra time and a bout of the hair dryer treatment.
Both sides pressed their opponents from the start and this saw a high number of passes going astray as they battled to get control of the game.
When finally Oxenhope did string a couple of passes together, they created a couple of openings with Liam Dyson missing from close range.
However, one of these opportunities was finally put away after 25 minutes.
Following great work from Danny Fazackerley, Chris Newman hammered home first time.
Mosaic 2 Oxenhope Rec Res 6
Oxenhope cantered into the last 16 of the West Riding County FA Trophy with victory at Leeds-based Yorkshire Christian League side Mosaic FC.
Attacking down the slope in the first half, Oxenhope set their stall out from the start, getting the ball out of the muddy middle quickly and using the front three to stretch their opponents.
With Will Lee, James Bailey and Liam Walsh finding plenty of time and space, they threaded numerous quick passes through to Chris Newman and Leon Smith.
However, the usually reliable duo somehow contrived to miss gilt edged chance after chance.
Oxenhope were playing some slick progressive football going forward but still had to be on their toes at the back as Mosaic showed glimpses of why they too were unbeaten in their league.
There’s always a danger when you don’t take your chances and this was the case when after 20 minutes Oxenhope found themselves a goal down.
Tyersal 3 Oxenhope Rec 4
The Keighley News photographer was at Tyersal for Oxenhope’s win. Click the picture to see the action.
Oxenhope produced a battling performance in a thrilling see-saw of a West Riding County FA Challenge Cup tie coming from behind twice against County Amateur Premier Division opposition Tyersal and in so doing secured their place in the last 16.
Oxenhope, who have not been producing their best form recently, started tentatively as Tyersal had the best of the early exchanges and when the visitors did settle they found home keeper Karl Renardson in outstanding form.
Oxenhope Rec III 10 Ilkley 0
Oxenhope hit double figures as they took apart Craven League newcomers Ilkley in Division Three.
Oxenhope are starting to find their feet and move up the league table.
They totally outplayed a young Ilkley outfit with man of the match hat-trick hero Grez Robinson, returning this season after a serious knee injury which kept him out of the game for over a season and a half.
Oxenhope took the lead on 15 minutes when Gaz Ritson’s cross was met by Tom Thompson.
On the half hour Thompson turned provider for Robinson to open his account and just before the break Nick Sharples met Tony Cooper’s cross for number three.
Early in the second period, Ritson produced a neat finish from Cooper’s pull back. The flying winger soon added his second when he finished a jinking run.
Sub Dean Brookes added the sixth with a sliding finish from Thompson’s corner.
Robinson scored his second when he cut in from out wide and struck fiercely from the edge of the area.
Chris Galdes hit a volley from Robinson’s corner for the eighth and young McKenzie Dawson volleyed in another corner from Thompson.
The last word went to Robinson when he completed his hat-trick, getting his shot in at the front post to meet Tom Brown’s cross.
Oxenhope III 3 Cowling Reserves 1
Oxenhope booked their place in the semi-final of the Craven League Divison Three Cup with a fine victory over Cowling.
Veteran striker Tony Cooper opened the scoring in the second minute, drilling a low powerful strike into the bottom corner from outside the area.
The home side were well on top but just before the break Cowling equalised through Ben Allwood.
Oxenhope continued to press in the second half and on the hour their efforts were rewarded when Cooper scored his second with a bullet header at the back post.
The Worth Valley side sealed the tie 10 minutes before the end with a neat finish from Danny Smith.
Kippax Res 0
Oxenhope Rec Res 4
Going to Kippax, Oxenhope knew they’d have to be up for the physical battle on a tight pitch against hard working opponents and they certainly were. From the start Oxenhope matched their opponents work rate and committed challenges and quickly got a grip of the game. After only 5 minutes seventeen year old Liam Walsh, who had been brought into the side to try and improve ball retention, picked the ball up just inside the Kippax half. He kept close control of the ball and worked his way out to the left flank. Once in space, Walsh looked up and in seeing the keeper off his line floated an exquisite strike over his head and into the net. Read more
Oxenhope Rec 2 Kippax 5
Oxenhope produced an embarrassingly poor performance against lowly Kippax in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League.
They fell behind in the fourth minute when the visitors broke down the right, keeper Sam Lee rushed from his line to make a block but the ball was scooped over his head and the Kippax front man found himself with an open goal for a tap in.
Oxenhope Rec Res 4
Set-piece double: Will Lee scored from a free-kick and a penalty
Bardsey Res 3
Oxenhope Reserves extended their unbeaten run to 12 with a hard fought win over Bardsey Reserves at Marley.
The West Yorkshire League Alliance One game began with Oxenhope twice cutting through the Bardsey defence with ease but on both occasions good chances were spurned as the ball was dragged wide.
It didn’t take long though for the pressure to tell. Tom Thompson chased a ball into the box and under pressure a Bardsey defender stuck out an arm. Bizarrely the referee (who had a good game otherwise) awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box.
Will Lee wasn’t about to be denied though and he stepped up to drive the free-kick across the goal and into the bottom corner.
It was becoming clear to those watching that both sides were struggling to get a grip of their opponents’ attacks with defenders at 6s and 7s.
Brighouse Old Boys 1
Oxenhope Recreation 2
Oxenhope gained three hard earned West Yorkshire League Premier Division points at Brighouse without really getting into any sort of cohesion in their play on a poor playing surface.
This was despite taking the lead in their first attack, Michael Garnett winning the ball and setting up Ollie Metcalfe who cleverly beat his marker, before drawing the keeper and slotting home.
Oxenhope Rec III 5
FC Sporting Keighley 2
Oxenhope had their strongest squad of the season for this Craven League Division Three match.
But the first 10 minutes it was FC Sporting who took the game to the hosts, dominating things and creating three good chances but they had met their match in Pete Gower who kept the score at 0-0.
Oxenhope new manager Lee Collins switched his side around to put skipper for the day Dale Hawker at sweeper and youngster Tom Brown as a wing-back to counter Sporting’s pace up front.
This seemed to lift Oxenhope sprits and they gained a free-kick in an attacking area, which Brown placed perfectly in the keeper’s bottom corner.
Oxenhope quickly doubled the lead through another set-piece. Liam Walsh’s smartly driven corner was prodded home by Terry Cooper for his first of the day.
Sporting, without key players Faruk Ali (injured) and Shazaib Hussain (work), going down the slope, pulled one back through a penalty from Aaran Abbas but Oxenhope restored their two-goal advantages through Cooper who cooly finished a neat move involving McKenzie and James Higgins.
Oxenhope played down the slope in the second half but had to wait for at least 20 minutes before they finished off the game through Cooper to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
Sporting showed great spirit to pull one back to make it 4-2, Abbas doubling his tally.
But Oxenhope, with younger, fresher legs, completed the scoring when energetic Craig Morris latched on to a nicely weighted ball from Bradley Coles to smash it home from a tight angle to give Collins a perfect start to his managerial career.
Oxenhope’s man of the match was Liam Dyson with Simeon Brown taking the honours for Sporting.
Oxenhope Rec 6 Crosshills 0
A much improved performance on their last two matches saw Oxenhope eventually ease their way into the last four of the Keighley FA Challenge Cup, but they had to work hard to earn overcome a Crosshills side that refused to roll over.
In fact in the early exchanges, it was the Craven League Premier Division side that carried the greater threat.
Gradually the home side started to impose themselves on the game. A corner from Dan Moriarty was met with a powerful header from Liam McNicol that was tipped over the bar by Hills’ keeper Sam Smith.
The opening goal came on the quarter when Tom Marshall danced his way into the box and presented a weighted pass to Ollie Metcalfe who stroked the ball beyond Smith.
Five minutes later the goal of the game saw striker Michael Garnett with his back to goal, lift the ball over his marker, round the defender and leather an unstoppable shot into the far top corner.
Marshall was again the provider after 40 minutes when he went down the left, cut in past two defenders and played in Garnett who took the ball to the byline. He turned his marker and hooked the ball in from the most acute of angles.
Oxenhope only just preserved their three-goal advantage at the break thanks to a smart double save from keeper Sam Lee.
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 6
Oxenhope Rec III 0
Oxenhope Reserves progressed to the semi-finals of the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup with a routine win over their club mates.
The seconds began the game playing down the slope and we’re always looking to utilise their pace in the wide areas.
It was this avenue that brought the opening goal when Gaz Ritson burst down the left. He fired a shot across Peter Gower, which could only be parried into the path of Chris Newman, who slotted the ball confidently home.
Oxenhope Rec III 1 Grindleton Reserves 1
Oxenhope’s young third team put in a battling performance against Grindleton to earn a draw at the Recreation Ground in Division Three of the Craven League.
The hosts had the majority of the play in the first half with some quick, neat, attacking football.
They deservedly took the lead after 25 minutes when Tom Brown went down the right, beat his defender and crossed the ball into the danger area and it fell to Liam Walsh at the far post, who calmly stroked the ball beyond the reach of the keeper.
Oxenhope continued to keep Grindleton on the back foot for the remainder of the half but after the break it all changed.
A speculative cross from the visitors’ winger early in the second period found the far top corner of the net for the equaliser and now it was Oxenhope who had to endure the pressure but the home defence held out and in the latter stages it was the Worth Valley side that looked the more threatening.
Shelf United Res 1
Opener: Will Lee set Oxenhope on the way to victory
Oxenhope Recreation Res 4
Oxenhope progressed through to the third round of the West Riding County Trophy with a comfortable win at Shelf.
Oxenhope were on the front foot from the start and though the heavy pitch made passing football difficult, they managed to create a number of good openings.
These, however, were wasted through a mixture of wayward shooting and good goalkeeping.
That was until Will Lee found some space on the edge of the area to caress a sweet left footer across the keeper and into the bottom corner.
Oxenhope Rec 2 Cononley Sports 1
Oxenhope saviour: Sam Lee
Oxenhope managed to progress to the next round of the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup with a hard-earned victory at home against Cononley Sports with goals from Dan Moriarty and Oli Metcalfe, after going behind early in the tie.
Oxenhope had the better of the opening exchanges with some rare fluid passing football seeing Tom Marshall and Gareth Ritson going close on separate occasions.
Despite this early pressure, the West Yorkshire Premier Division side weren’t able to find the net and on the 15 minute mark the visitors punished a lapse in the defence with a clinical finish.
Grassington Reserves 1 Oxenhope Thirds 0
Oxenhope’s young third team traveled to top of the table Grassington reserves and put in a very commendable display. The visitors played some neat, creative football but fell behind against the run of play. In the second half they continued to carry the game to the opposition with Liam Walsh outstanding and manager Tony Trowers pleased with the progress his young team has made in recent games.