Topic: Oxenhope Rec

Rec fall to City slickers

Opener: Will Lee scored Oxenhope's equaliser

Opener: Will Lee scored Oxenhope’s equaliser

Oxenhope Rec Reserves 2
Leeds City Reserves 4

Oxenhope’s West Yorkshire League Alliance One title ambitions are all but over.
A third defeat in two weeks to another second team heavily weighted with first teamers left them relying on other results to go their way.
Oxenhope played well, having long spells of pressure and numerous glimpses at goal.
However, a mixture of the ball not bouncing fortuitously for them and the speed of the opposition on the break meant they ended up empty handed.
Leeds went one up following a break and lacklustre defending, before Will Lee hit a screamer to equalise.
A quick counter attack from Leeds put them 2-1 up at half-time.
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Rec hit back to send Kippax down

Equaliser: Gaz Ritson scored Oxenhope's fourth goal.

Equaliser: Gaz Ritson scored Oxenhope’s fourth goal.

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A scratch Oxenhope side came back from two goals down to gain a hard earned share of the West Yorkshire League points and in so doing consigned Kippax to relegation from the Premier Division.
The home side needed all three points to stand any chance of staying in the top flight and got off to a great start, taking the lead after only five minutes when their striker rose unchallenged to head the ball in from a corner.
On the quarter-hour mark, Dan Moriarty and Scott Nelson linked up well to provide James Bailey with the opportunity to unleash a strike into the top corner.
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Rec hopes roll away down the Slope

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East End Park Res 3

Oxenhope’s West Yorkshire League Alliance One title challenge took a big hit as a strong Leeds side left the Slope with all three points.
It was a case of what might have been after The Orange Army started quickly, creating a whole host of excellent scoring opportunities but on each occasion their finishing was wayward and without any conviction.
When they did hit the target, East End Park were equal to the efforts, throwing bodies in the way to block the ball.
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Title race reaches boiling point for Oxenhope

Double strike: Will Lee.

Double strike: Will Lee.

Oxenhope Rec Res 5
Robin Hood Athletic 0

Oxenhope moved a step nearer the West Yorkshire League Alliance one title with a comprehensive demolition of Robin Hood.
Liam Blacka was on target with a penalty and both Will Lee and Craig Morris grabbed braces.
Oxenhope bounced back from Monday’s Keighley FA Supplementary Cup disappointment with a resounding victory.
On a pitch more akin to a jungle, both sides took time to adjust with a number of passes being under hit.
Leon Smith had Oxenhope’s first two clear cut chances but was unable to find the net while both Sam Lee and defender Will Wells were called upon to make good blocks as an under strength Robin Hood gave it a good go.
It was Wells who then combined with Craig Morris to burst into the box, his run was halted by the full-back and Oxenhope were awarded a penalty. Liam Blacka fired home from the spot to put the Slope in front.
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Super seven as Oxenhope win cup in style

Oxenhope secretary Ray Broadbent leads the celebrations. Pictures: David S Brett

Oxenhope secretary Ray Broadbent leads the celebrations.
Pictures: David S Brett

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by Jim Rosser

Pictures: David S Brett, click here for more.
A one-sided, but entertaining, Keighley FA Challenge Cup final went the way of the West Yorkshire League side as they powered to victory over their North West Counties League Reserve Division hosts at The Angel Telecom Stadium.
Oxenhope’s seven-goal haul took their tally in the season’s competition to an incredible 32 goals in just four ties as they made light-work of reigning the cup they won in 2012.
Oxenhope boasted three former Cobbydalers in their squad, Dan Moriarty, Tom Marshall and Mark Bentham, who, although he didn’t play on this occasion, will always be remembered for his stunning goal against FC United of Manchester in front of a bumper crowd at Cougar Park.
Screen shot 2014-05-03 at 10.37.08Experience and physique soon told as Rec took the lead in the 10th minute. Marshall broke up the left and crossed to Michael Garnett, who used his strength and power to turn Nathan Priestley and score from a narrow angle.
Eleven minutes later Rec doubled their lead. Wayne Mahomet, in the Silsden goal, broke up an attack with a long clearance but the ball fell to Ollie Metcalfe, who, without controlling it, chipped it over the stranded keeper from 40 yards.
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Hot shots line up for rare cup win

All pile on: Silsden celebrate their 2006 triumph. Pictures: David S Brett, click for more.

All pile on: Silsden celebrate their 2006 triumph.
Pictures: David S Brett, click for more.

Rare success: A win over Crosshills two years ago was only the second time Oxenhope have lifted the cup.

Rare success: A win over Crosshills two years ago was only the second time Oxenhope have lifted the cup.

Expect goals galore as the Keighley FA season finale takes centre stage at Silsden’s Angel Telecom Stadium this evening, 7.30pm.
Silsden Reserves and Oxenhope Rec have rattled in 40 goals in just three ties each on their way to the Challenge Cup final, the West Yorkshire League side hammering home the majority – 25 against Silsden’s 15.
But whichever teams emerges triumphant, they will earn only a rare entry on the cup’s 98-season honours list.
Although Silsden are top of the charts with 18 wins, their second string have only one to their name, coming eight years ago in their only previous appearance in the final.
Cup glory; Silsden Reserves' only previous win came eight years ago.

Cup glory; Silsden Reserves’ only previous win came eight years ago.

That brought a penalty shoot-out triumph after a 1-1 draw with Steeton in 2006, soon after Silsden’s first team moved into more senior non-League ranks and their cup place was passed to the Reserves.
By contrast, Oxenhope have been plugging away in the competition for decades but their 2012 win over Crosshills was only the second in their history – their previous one way back in 1966. Indeed, this is only the seventh time they have reached the final, the first coming in 1925.

Previous final appearances
(6, won 2, lost 4)
1925: Lost 3-0 v Morton
1960: Lost 2-1 v Keighley Central
1966: Won 1-0 v Keighley Central
1997: Lost 3-1 v Cowling
2008: Lost 2-0 v Crosshills
2012: Won 7-4 v Crosshills

Silsden Reserves (1, won 1)
2006: Won 5-4 on pens v Steeton after 1-1 draw

Seven-up: Oxenhope celebrate one of their seven goals in their last cup win in 2012.

Seven-up: Oxenhope celebrate one of their seven goals in their last cup win in 2012.

Recent finals
Steeton beat Silsden White Star 3-1
2012: Oxenhope Rec beat Crosshills 7-4
2011: Steeton 5 Cowling 0
2010: Cowling 3 Long Lee 2
2009: Crosshills 2 Steeton 1
2008: Crosshills 2 Oxenhope 0
2007: Bronte Wdrs 2 Keighley Shamrocks 1
2006: Silsden Reserves 1 Steeton 1 (Silsden won 5-4 on penalties)
2005: Crosshills 4 Sandy Lane 1
2004: Silsden 2 Crosshills 0

Routes to the final:

1st round: Steeton A W 5-4
2nd round: Cross Hills H W 7-0
Semi-final: FC Sporting Keighley H W 13-2
1st round: Bingley Town A W 7-2
2nd round: Broomhill H W 3-0
Semi-final: Manningham All Stars H W 5-0

What it's all about; The Keighley FA Challenge Cup.

What it’s all about; The Keighley FA Challenge Cup.

Oxenhope pay penalty for missed chances

Steeton celebrate their cup-winning penalty. Pictures: David S Brett.

Steeton celebrate their cup-winning penalty.
Pictures: David S Brett.

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Steeton Res 0
(aet, Steeton win 4-3 on penalties)

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Oxenhope felt distraught at the end of a goalless Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final.
The cup holders dominated throughout with keeper Nick Hudson not having to make a single save in anger before facing a penalty shoot-out.
Steeton stuck to their game plan of defending deep, frustrating the opposition and hitting on the break. From the start it was Oxenhope that carried the threat, totally dominating the play in the early exchanges.
Craig Morris headed wide from Will Lee’s free-kick and Liam Dyson hit the side netting following a break down the right by Leon Smith.
Steeton’s back line held firm, led by the experienced Martin Bland, and repelled numerous other attacks.
Screen shot 2014-04-29 at 13.05.12Left-back Gaz Ritson burst down the flank and played in Morris but his fierce drive was blocked by keeper Paul Linyard.
For 10 minutes after the break, Steeton did threaten but the central defensive pairing of Steve Davies and Liam Blacka dealt comfortably with all they had to offer.
After that it was once again Oxenhope who looked the more dangerous with Morris and Leroy Hickman a constant threat.
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Final has familiar foes

Oxenhope celebrate their success last season…

Oxenhope celebrate their success last season…

For the third season running, the second strings of Oxenhope Rec and Steeton go head to head in the Keighley FA Supplementary Cup final at Silsden’s Angel Telecom Stadium this evening, 7.30pm.
Oxenhope are the current holders of the John Brown Memorial Trophy but again face a tough task against their West Riding County Amateur League opponents, who beat them in the 2012 final.
… and Steeton a year earlier. Pictures: David S Brett.

… and Steeton a year earlier.
Pictures: David S Brett.

Steeton were also winners in 2008 and 2009, while their West Yorkshire League rivals picked up the silverware in 2010 and 2011 as the clubs frustrated each others’ hopes of completing a trophy treble. Crosshills were the last other club to win the cup, in 2007.

Routes to the final:
Oxenhope beat Denholme United Reserves 14-0, Steeton beat Crosshills Reserves 4-0.
First round: Oxenhope beat Oxenhope III 6-0, Steeton beat Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves 2-1

Recent finals:
2013 – Oxenhope beat Steeton
2012 – Steeton beat Oxenhope
2011 – Oxenhope beat Silsden White Star
2010 – Oxenhope beat Steeton
2009 – Steeton beat Oakworth
2008 – Steeton beat Keighley Shamrocks

Makeshift Rec wrecked at Park

Action from Oxenhope's defeat at East End Park. Pictures: Sean Tunnicliffe.

Action from Oxenhope’s defeat at East End Park.
Pictures: Sean Tunnicliffe.

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Oxenhope Rec 1

Oxenhope travelled to Leeds with a squad stretched to the maximum with cricket, stag parties and injuries making a lot of players unavailable.
Even with that, Oxenhope still managed to put out a strong side and gave some of the younger players a chance to impress.
The Oranges started the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Joe Pullan leading the line. There were first team debuts for Jack Bilney and Mckenzie Dawson.
DSC00707Oxenhope started the game very shakily and found themselves two goals down within the first 20 minutes.
The first came from a mistake from stand-in goalkeeper Liam McNicol, who dropped the ball at a striker’s feet and the second was from a long throw which wasn’t dealt with properly and a Park midfielder cooly dispatched the ball into the net.
Oxenhope started to pull themselves together with White marshalling the midfield and they started to create some good chances.
They were rewarded when Gaz Ritson made a jinking run from the left hand side and smashed a cute finish into the bottom right hand corner.
DSC00702Oxenhope pushed for an equaliser but were dealt a blow when Binley had to go off after 40 minutes with a head injury to be replaced by Liam Walsh.
Stand-in manager Lee Collins gave a positive team talk and told the boys to continue the same as they finished the half .
Sure enough, Oxenhope continued to push and were on top of the more experienced Leeds side but a loss of concentration from the Oranges’ left-back gifted the ball to Park’s right winger and he lofted in a cross which floated off the goalkeeper’s head straight into the net.
Screen shot 2014-04-29 at 13.56.13The third goal knocked the stuffing out of Oxenhope but they continued to plug away to try to get themselves back into the game but the hosts were always dangerous on the attack and a decent counter attacking move left their striker one on one with McNicol and he dispatched the ball past the on-rushing keeper to complete the scoring.

Long unbeaten run is halted

Oxenhope Rec logoLeeds City Reserves 3
Oxenhope Reserves 1

Oxenhope’s undefeated run of 19 West Yorkshire League games came to an end as well as their record of being the only unbeaten side in all five divisions of the league this season.
After 14 wins and three draws this season and two wins at the end of last season, Rec finally tasted Alliance One defeat just three weeks short of a year since their last one.
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Hickman completes comeback

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Brighouse Old Boys 1

Oxenhope came from a goal down to take all three West Yorkshire League Premier Division points and complete a double over Brighouse.
The visitors took the lead after 10 minutes from a corner when a striker rose unchallenged to powerfully head home.
The rest of the first half saw few chances and Oxenhope’s cause was not helped when striker Leon Smith had to leave the field following a clash of heads.
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Oxenhope stand firm against aerial bombardment

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Otley Town 1

A game of two halves and contrasting styles saw the West Yorkshire League points shared.
Oxenhope had the better of the first period, playing some neat, crisp football against a big and physical Otley side who needed a point to make their stay safe in the Premier Division for another season.
The home side took the lead midway through the first half when a corner from the right by Ollie Metcalfe was floated into the danger area. Defender Jason Walton headed it towards the goal and Dan Moriarty got the better of the keeper to nod it over the line.
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Young guns shine as Rec go up

Going up! Oxenhope Rec 3rds line up ahead of their promotion-clinching victory.

Going up! Oxenhope Rec 3rds line up ahead of their promotion-clinching victory.

Oxenhope Rec III 3 Settle United Res 0
Oxenhope completed their task with ease on a lovely sunny afternoon on the Slope.
Backed by a bumper crowd, Lee Collins’ young guns secured promotion from Division Three of the Craven League, which looked very unlikely back in November.
The move upstairs by Tony Trowers to director of football enabled a younger more forward thinking coach to come forward and Collins was that man.
The team, a mixture of 16-21 year olds with the odd old head, have performed marvellously on 10-match winning run, which saw them rise from just outside the drop zone to finish runners-up.
Rec lost leading goal scorer Tony Cooper to injury after only 10 minutes but goals from Will Wells (a towering header), Connor Madden (a classy finish) and Andy Fox (a curling strike from long range) were more than enough to see off a spirited Settle team.
Man of the match was Graham Robinson.
The lads epitomised their season’s efforts with this performance and with a new influx of talented youngsters on the horizon, coupled with the current crop of players, the future looks bright for the villagers.

Countdown is on for Keighley FA Cup finals

Winners: Oxenhope celebrate their Supplementary Cup win last season. They meet Steeton in the final again this season. Pictures: David S Brett.

Winners: Oxenhope celebrate their Supplementary Cup win last season. They meet Steeton in the final again this season.
Pictures: David S Brett.

Top dogs: Who will follow Keighley Shamrocks as Liam Daly Trophy winners?

Top dogs: Who will follow Keighley Shamrocks as Liam Daly Trophy winners?

There’s just over a week until the annual Keighley FA Cup finals bonanza gets under way at Silsden.
The Sunday Cup kick-off the action on April 27 when Wharfedale Triangle Sunday Leaguers Keighley Town take on Bradford Sunday Alliance Division One side Bradford Phoenix, 11am.
Three hours later the Angel Telecom Stadium hosts the Liam Daly Trophy when Oakworth Hornets meet Bingley Barcas in the u12 competition.
The now-annual battle for derby bragging rights between the reserve teams of Steeton and Oxenhope Rec takes place on Monday, April 28, 7.30pm, for the Supplementary Cup before the Challenge Cup takes centre stage with Silsden Reserves meeting Oxenhope Rec on Friday, May 2, 7.30pm.

Hickman hits heights as Rec roll towards title

Oxenhope Rec logoField Reserves 1
Oxenhope Rec Res 4

Oxenhope took a step closer to the West Yorkshire Alliance One title as they continued to close down the leaders and stretched their incredible unbeaten record to 19 matches, stretching back to last May.
Rec have won 14 of their 17 matches this season and now lie third in the table, seven points adrift of leaders Hunslet Club with four games in hand.
An outstanding team performance gave Oxenhope three more points. From the first whistle to the last the men in orange ran and pressed tirelessly, scoring four goals and creating numerous more opportunities.
Leroy Hickman opened the scoring after three minutes when he was on hand to finish from close range.
Craig Morris doubled the lead when he latched on to a cross and sent a thunderous volley into the back of the net from 15 yards.
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Dyson sweeps star honours

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Kippax Res 0

The Orange Army recorded another West Yorkshire League win to keep the pressure on their Alliance One title rival.
A scrappy affair unfolded during the first half as a combination of a bobbly pitch and big strong, direct opposition made it difficult to build up any pressure.
When Oxenhope finally strung a couple of short passes together, they showed they had enough to open up the opposition and did just that after 35 minutes when good work in the midfield led to Dyson diverting the ball back across goal and into the bottom corner.
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Atha treble puts Rec within touching distance of promotion

Oxenhope Rec logoGrindleton Reserves 3
Oxenhope Rec III 5

Oxenhope’s third team made the long trek to Grindleton but were rewarded with the three points that moved them into touching distance of promotion from Division Three of the Craven League.
A hat-trick from Ellis Atha plus strikes from Connor Madden and Liam Walsh means that if they can beat Settle United Reserves on April 19 at the Recreation Ground, where a big crowd is anticipated, they will be promoted.
A draw would mean FC Sporting Keighley would need to win by seven or more goals the following week at Grindleton to pip them to second place.

Lee keeps Rec on road to title

Oxenhope saviour: Sam Lee

Oxenhope saviour: Sam Lee

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Oxenhope Rec Reserves 3

Oxenhope ground out victory on a rare Monday outing to keep their West Yorkshire League Alliance One title challenge on track.
They were made to work hard for victory against a lively Brighouse side who dominated the first half hour, cutting through the Oxenhope back line almost at will.
Had it not been for a penalty save by Sam Lee during this period, the game could have been out of sight.
The home pressure eventually told and they took the lead when a half clearance led to the offside trap being sprung and the ball was squared for a Brighouse man to tap home.
Oxenhope began to liven up as the half wore on and squandered a number of excellent opportunities, including Newman striking the bar and Morris firing wide when one on one but, in truth, Brighouse deserved their half-time lead.
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