Horsforth St Margarets v Keighley Shamrock Knights (27.09.15)

27th Sept 2015 – Under 9’s second game of the season. A 2-1 win against a very good Horsforth side. Shamrocks might have rued missing some gilt edged chances after Horsforth rallied strongly at the end, but they defended their slender lead to take all three points. Connor was man of the match with two goals (Sorry – I missed the 2nd!)

The knights visited Horsforth in a game that saw the very best from both these two undefeated sides ,
The Shammies players today put in a stellar performance with Connor Hopkins 2 goal man of the match display proving decisive,

I believe that this is the best team that we have beaten and you all did yourselves proud

Todays Squad
Zack Ackroyd, Lucca Allsworth,
Isaac Brown, Akeel Carles, Harry Bellamy, Connor Hopkins, Alfie Wollaston,
Lucas Lorrimer, Spencer Alsop, Harris

Report by Adam Ackroyd

Darr Gives Aire Valley A share Of The Spoils

Aire Valley’s positive start to the season continued with a hard fought draw away at Otley Tavern.

After trailing in the first half to a sumptuous strike, Valley roared back in the second period and were unlucky not to take all 3 points.

The early exchanges of the game were relatively even, the hosts endured plenty of possession but failed to carve out any clear cut chances. It was in fact the visitors who carried the stronger threat going forward and the home goalkeeper was called in action on numerous occasions. Adam Kay was causing a constant threat and he tricked his way past a couple of players before seeing his low shot pushed away. Moments later Chris Corry bore down on goal but he was also denied by the onrushing Otley goalkeeper.

With the game in the balance, the home side took the lead in spectacular fashion. There seemed little danger but the Otley midfielder unleashed an audacious effort from 25 yards, and although Valley keeper Chris Child got a hand to it, he couldn’t prevent the effort from flying high into the net.

The hosts used that strike as a springboard and began to put the visitors under the cosh for the remainder of the first half, but the Aire Valley defence held firm without any further significant scares.

The early stages of the second half started off as the first half finished, but again, for all their possession, Otley failed to create any worthwhile chances.

The visitors began to grow into the game more and more, and with that, chances were being created on a frequent basis. Kay & Adam Griffin were working well together on the left hand side and they combined to great effect to put Hamza Darr through, he got to the byline and squared the ball for Corry who saw his shot blocked.

Valley continued to knock on the door and it finally opened in the 67th minute when Kay picked out Andrew Robinson, his driving run into the penalty area was halted in unceremonious fashion giving the visitors the chance to draw level.

Darr was given the mantle of penalty duties and he made no mistake, firing into the bottom left hand corner.
The dominance from the away side continued as they pressed for a winner and after more fantastic play involving Tom Conneely, Kay and Robinson, Darr’s deep cross was met by Tom Pett, whose header beat the goalkeeper all ends up but crashed back off the post and to safety.

The chances were coming thick and fast and with virtually the last kick of the game Chris Lee took aim from 35 yards and his arrow of a shot whistled inches over the bar.
It wasn’t to be for Valley in the end, and both sides shared a point a piece.

Otley Tavern 1-1 Aire Valley FC

By J. Luke Hindle

Greenwood Peppers Salts

A brace from winger Jamie Greenwood within the first twenty minutes earned a depleted Badgers a hard fought 2-0 victory against a Salts team who inflicted the hosts’ first defeat of the season two weeks ago.

With many absentees, manager Stewart Kinnear was forced to reshuffle his team before kick off. Matthew Wilson and Aaron Whitaker both returned to centre half and Greenwood was placed on the left wing while Gary Earle was rewarded for his back to back man of the matches with the reserves to join captain Mark Hardman in midfield.

A quick start from Broomhill was almost rewarded when, following great work to beat two defenders to a loose ball, striker Andy Tanner shot narrowly wide from a difficult angle.

This served as a precursor when Greenwood tapped home from six yards following a squared ball from Jake Ward.

With Salts only playing a lone striker, the entire Broomhill defence was enjoying plenty of possession and it was through this that the second goal came. Right back Chris Reynolds carried the ball unchallenged into the Salts half and played a one-two with Joe Slater. On receiving the return pass, he whipped a perfect low ball across the six yard box for the on rushing Greenwood to tap in at the back post for his second.

The lack of players available for selection for Broomhill this week was then brought to the forefront as the impressive Wilson pulled up injured on the half hour mark.
This enforced the whites to use their only substitute and rejig the entire formation.

Patrick King was brought into midfield and Greenwood was brought to right back, resorting to a 4-5-1 formation.

Broomhill weathered the next fifteen minutes of increased pressure as Salts smelled a way back into the game but ultimately the makeshift defence held out until half time.

The second half was a rather dull affair with Broomhill content to see the game out while Salts offered no threat going forward, outside of a few half chances towards the end.

Tanner had a few chances to seal the win – one a superb effort from 25 yards which hit the crossbar and another which was smartly saved by the keeper – while Slater went close on a few occasions.

However, with the midfield three of Hardman, King and man of the match Earle keeping disciplined and compact, Salts were effectively stopped at their source and the Badgers saw out the game to earn the valuable three points to remain third in the table.

Next week sees the Badgers travel to top of the table Carleton in the Plant Hire trophy with the momentum of this victory and the return of a number of key players to boost their chances in what will surely be their most difficult test of the season so far.

Report by Aaron Whitaker

Ingrow & Worth Valley 6 – 4 Bingley Town

After only taking 1 point from the previous 2 games, the steam pigs needed to get back to winning ways as they entertained Bingley Town.

With manager Liam Marsh short of players he had to start himself and had Coleman,who had missed the previous 2 games returning to babysit him in the middle of the park.

Playing with a slight wind advantage Ingrow were the better team without really shining and put Bingley under pressure from the start with new strike force Hickman and Davies linking well up front. The breakthrough came when Nkome finally got out of bed and broke through to score and make it 1 nil. The two strikers would make the second goal, when man of the match, Hickman’s sublime flick found Davies who scored from an acute angle.

Ingrow continued to make chances and when a corner from Wheater found Walshaw free at the back post it seemed 3 nil was a certainty, until the big defender got mud in his eyes and missed the ball completely. Just before the break Ingrow had another corner and after seeing the Walshaw miss Wheater decided he would be better doing it himself and scored direct from the corner to make it 3 0 at half time.

The second half started differently and Ingrow were pegged back straight away when Bingley scored two quick fire goals to get themselves right back in the game. With Bingley looking the most likely to score it was a surprise when on a rare attack Bilney was tripped by a blade of grass in the area and Ingrow were awarded a penalty. The penalty summed up Ingrows half when the normally reliable Hickman did his best Johnny Wilkinson impression and blazed the ball skywards. This did get the pigs going a little and Jack “i score goals” Bilney managed to make it 4-2.

Back came Bingley to make it 4-3. Then came a controversial moment when Hickman who was meant to give the ball back to the Bingley keeper fired it in from 40 yards. With the goal having to stand, Ingrow allowed Bingley to walk through and score into a empty net. And we’ll be waiting to hear when they are to receive their sporting award from the Craven league. Ingrow again went up the other end and Hickman got his second to finally finish the game and make it 6-4.

Once Marsh had recovered he said ‘We had to pull together today and having Coleman back made a difference

Report by Martin Coleman

Polonia 3 Broomhill 4

Broomhill striker Andy Tanner scored all four goals to earn the victory against 10 man Polonia in the Badgers opening game of the new season.

Playing an unfamiliar formation, the Badgers were instructed by stand in manager Ghufran Bashir to start quick and press the opposition from the first whistle.

This paid dividends as Broomhill were 1-0 up within a minute of the game. Centre back David Rhodes slid a ball through to Tanner who beat the offside trap and slotted home into the bottom corner.

After taking this lead, the Badgers slowed the pace and allowed Polonia to control the tempo for the next fifteen minutes. Playing on a wet greasy surface, the home side were passing the ball with real pace and eventually played a ball through the three man Broomhill defence. Keeper Jake Yaxley committed himself to the ball but clipped the onrushing winger, conceding the penalty which the Polonia striker fired home.

This was to be Polonia’s only shot on goal in the first half while Broomhill continued to press for another goal. Further chances fell to Tanner who made the keeper work on several occasions and midfielder Aaron Whitaker who also had a chance to give the whites the lead again after great skill taking two players out of the game with a chip over both and subsequent volley.

The Broomhill back three of Rhodes, Chris Holroyd and Matty Wilson were untroubled and were getting plenty of time on the ball. One such time, Holroyd played a ball into man of the match Jake Ward’s feet on the half way line. Ward flicked the ball through with a first time back heel to Tanner who beat the offside trap and passed the ball in for his second of the game.

The Badgers settled after this and the midfield three of Whitaker, Mark Hardman and Patrick King were now able to have more of an impact on the game. A long ball from defence was dummied by Tanner and King – impressive throughout in a more advanced central role – ran onto the through ball, being pulled back in the area and winning a penalty.

Tanner stepped up to score his first hat trick of the season within half an hour.

The second half was a similar scenario for the first fifteen minutes as Tanner bagged his fourth on the hour mark. A cross by Rhodes skidded off the surface and found the striker at the back post to head into the far corner.

Things then turned from bad to worse for Polonia as they had a man sent off for a foul on Ward, who was clear through on goal.

This should’ve been game over but Polonia rallied for the next twenty minutes and brought the score to 4-3 within minutes – first through another penalty conceded by Hardman for a dubious handball and secondly a scuffed shot which rebounded off the post to be tapped home by an unmarked player.

Broomhill upped the tempo again and could’ve had more goals to seal the victory through substitute Joe Slater and another clear Whitaker chance but it wasn’t to be.

This was a difficult game in difficult conditions which the Badgers came through with all the points, setting the benchmark for the season – albeit with a few areas of improvement identified by managers Stewart Kinnear and Bashir.



Craven & District League Division One Up And Running

Some very tight fought matches in the first week of the Craven & District League Division One campaign.

AFC Colne entertained Chatburn F.C. in a 1 – 1 encounter. Whilst Bradley F.C. were defeated by 3 – 2 at home to Bingley Town F.C.

Pendle Renegades F.C. managed to beat Rolls F.C. Res by 2 – 1. And the big scoreline came in Cowling F.C. Vs F.C. Sporting Keighley. With Cowling F.C. coming out 6 – 1 winners.

Including this goal from Kieran Duxbury

Craven & District League Kicks Off

The Craven & District League Premier Division kicked off this seasons campaign on Monday evening with some very interesting results. More noticeable, Cross Hills F.C. 7 – 1 defeat at the hands of Skipton LMS F.C.

Cross Hills manager, Stephen Newton said on the Keighley Kicks Facebook page

‘Think last night was one of my lowest points in all the years I have been involved with football but now is not the time to play the blame game,we all have to be strong and united and work through this and dare! I say it show some passion’

Other results from Monday night

Cononley Sports F.C. 0 – 1 Gargrave F.C.

Cross Hills F.C. 1 – 7 Skipton LMS F.C.

Rolls F.C. 3 – 2 (HT 1-1) Grindleton F.C.

Settle Utd F.C. 1 – 2 (HT 1-1) Grassington Utd F.C.

Trawden Celtic F.C. 3 – 1 Earby Town F.C.

Wilsden Athletic F.C. 3 – 1 (HT 3-0) Silsden Whitestar F.C.

Craven League Fixtures Announced

The fixtures for the 2015/16 season in the Craven & District League have just been announced.

Opening games of the season see Cross Hills F.C. travel to Settle Utd F.C.  in the Premier Division.

Silsden Whitestar F.C. face Gargrave F.C.

And in Division One.  Cowling F.C. take the trip to F.C. Sporting Keighley. Whilst Bradley F.C. entertain Chatburn F.C.

All of the seasons fixtures in the Craven & District League can be found by clicking on the link below

Craven & District League Fixtures



Respect In Football Is Everything

A lot of our local teams kick off the new 2015/16 season in just over three weeks time.

And even though football is very much a results games. Playing the game with respect for your opponent is also a major factor when playing the wonderful game.

Here is a brilliant example of respect through football

Contacting Keighley Kicks

With the new season less than a month away. We are gearing up to bring you the very best in local football action here at Keighley Kicks. Reports, interviews, photos, podcasts. And also a weekly football show on Drystone Radio.

And keeping the people in the know about the local football scene is our primary role here at Keighley Kicks.

That’s why I ask any managers, secretary’s, club officials to keep me posted on the latest news coming out of your clubs.

You can contact me via email Our by phone 07955033170

Thank You

Steve Brown

Steeton AFC Kick Off Pre Season With A Win

Steeton AFC kicked off their pre season campaign with a 5-3 win over RIASA goals from Nicky McNally 2, Andy King , Mark McGee and Jack Richmond.

Steeton: Devlin, Rhodes, McNulty, Nettleton, Rooke, Richmond, Holden, Hird, King, McNally, McGee Subs: Lee, Matthews, Sutcliffe, Jalil, Morgan, Morrall

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Roy Masons, Steeton AFC have friendlies to play on

Saturday 25th July – Ilkley Town – Away
Saturday 1st August – Leeds City – Home
Saturday 8th August – Rimmington – Away
Wednesday 12th August – Settle Away

Steeton AFC Gear Up For The New Season

Roy Masons, Steeton AFC team start their pre season games with a friendly against RIASA tomorrow at Summerhill Lane.

The game kicks off at 2pm.

Steeton will be fielding a couple of the new U18 players that have impressed so far in pre season.

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Steeton AFC being put through their paces ahead of the new season in the West Riding League





RIASA have links with Bradford City and were instrumental in bringing Nakhi Wells to the club. The acadamy is headed up by former Bradford City winger, Mark Ellis.


Alive & Kicking


Keighley Kicks is certainly alive and kicking. And with the new football season just around the corner. We will endeavour to bring you the very best in local footballing action.

And with the recent announcement that Keighley Kicks is to have its own weekly football show on Drystone Radio. This will mean that we can bring you even closer to the action. Interviews with managers, players, supporters. And even officials. This means that Keighley Kicks will become a multi media platform for local grassroots football in Keighley and the surrounding areas.