Oxenhope Rec 1
Otley Town 1
(abandoned 20 minutes, injury)
This evening’s West Yorkshire League Premier Division at the Rec was abandoned after 20 minutes following a bad ankle injury to Otley player Declan Adams.
An ambulance was called immediately but took more than half an hour to arrive and then it needed a further 15 minutes to make the player comfortable before he was transported to hospital.
Referee Allan Clearie consulted both managers and it was agreed to abandon the game with the score at 1-1.
Otley had taken a 10th minute lead but Tom Marshall levelled five minutes later.
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 9
Field Reserves 3
Oxenhope bounced back from Saturday’s narrow West Yorkshire League Alliance One opening day defeat at Hunslet in stunning fashion.
What had been a tight even game up until half-time, with the score line 3-2, ended up a clear cut victory at the final whistle as Oxenhope’s second string overpowered Field in the second half.
The home side took the lead after 10 minutes when a back pass caused confusion and Leon Smith nipped in to roll the ball home.
Craig Morris then drew a brave save from the Field’s keeper and an effort from Smith hit the crossbar.
Oxenhope Rec 4
Horbury Town 3
Oxenhope got a new era under way back in the village after a false start.
Although the new Centenary pitch was ready two years ago, drainage problems had meant a return to Marley but now everything is sorted and Rec marked the occasion with victory in a seven-goal West Yorkshire League opening day victory.
The game swung one way and then the other as both teams battled to gain any fluency against a strong cross wind.
Oxenhope took the lead on the half-hour mark when good build-up play between Ollie Metcalfe and Michael Garnett set up Dan Moriarty, who drilled the ball past the Horbury keeper.
Within minutes, the visitors equalised when defensive indecision allowed their striker to nip in and poke the ball over the line.
After 40 minutes Oxenhope regained their advantage from Moriarty’s corner when defender Scott Nelson powered in to head the ball home.
Hunslet Club 3 Oxenhope Rec Res 2
Oxenhope hit back from 2-0 down but it was not enough to save a point in their opening West Yorkshire League Alliance One match of the season.
They battled back to draw level with strikes from Liam Blacka (penalty) and Will Lee.
They should have gone on to take the lead but for some wayward shooting.
The game was eventually settled when the unfortunate Dale Hawker put through his own goal.
Oxenhope Rec III 6
Keighley Town 5
A good-sized crowd enjoyed a thrilling 11-goal bonanza at the Recreation Ground as the hosts hit back from two goals behind to a team containing many familiar faces.
Oxenhope fell behind to two goals from two of their own players who play for Town in the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League.
A header from Craig Morris opened the evening’s goal feast and soon after Leroy Hickman flicked in a cross to make it 2-0.
Oxenhope stormed back with four goals before the break.
A well-taken strike from Joe Brady, then a header from Tony Cooper levelled the score, followed by the goal of the game. A slick passing movement involving Tom Brown, Lewis Hopkinson and Cooper saw the latter lay a return pass into the path of 16-year-old Lewis Hopkinson to fire in.
Oxenhope Rec III 3
Oxenhope Rec u18s 5
Oxenhope’s elder statesmen were given a football lesson by the club’s newly formed Under 18s.
A large crowd turned out in the pouring rain to witness a superb game of attacking football played in the right spirit with the youngsters coming out on top.
The u18s’ goals came from Lewis Hopkinson 2, Danny Smith 2 and Danny McCoumb with Joel Gallagher hitting a hat-trick for the Thirds.
Salts 1 Oxenhope Rec 5
Oxenhope recorded an emphatic win over Salts from the West Riding County Amateur League in their final pre-season friendly at the Saltaire club’s temporary Marley base.
After five minutes, Craig Morris muscled his way into the box. His shot was blocked but it fell to Tom Marshall to side foot home.
Salts levelled on the quarter when a cross from the left was not defended and a striker was left free to drive the ball beyond keeper Nick Hudson.
After the break it was the visitors who gained the upper hand.
Michael Garnett ran on to a weak back pass, took the ball to the bye line and fired in from a tight angle.
The big striker hit his second soon after when defender Liam McNicol surged down the left past three players, crossed and in one movement Garnett swivelled and fired an unstoppable shot into the net.
Marshall notched his second when the ball broke beyond the Salts defence. He ran on to it and beat the keeper.
Marshall claimed his hat-trick following a neat passing movement that produced a final ball from Garnett for his strike partner to dink the ball over the keeper.
Oxenhope Rec Reserves 4
Garforth Rangers 1
Two goals apiece for James Bailey and Chris Fazackerley saw off West Yorkshire League Division Two side Rangers.
Junior 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 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 Development XI 0
Oxenhope Rec 6
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.
Minutes 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.
Fixtures 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.
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.
Oxenhope Rec Res/III 3
Double strike: Will Lee.
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.
Oxenhope 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.
To add your team’s fixtures or results to the list, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message via the Keighley Kicks Facebook or Twitter pages.
Oxenhope Rec Res 8
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Barnoldswick Town Reserves 2
Oxenhope Rec XI 2
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.