Ingrow & Worth Valley Reserves 1 Manningham All Stars 1
Ingrow are back to the “Pig Pen” (Oakbank School) this season, and faced Manningham, who beat them the previous week.
Manningham arrived topping the Craven League Division Four table, this spurred Ingrow on to put in a fine performance, dominating the game and should have come away with all three points.
With a few old faces coming back, it was Chris Wheater who gave the Steampigs the lead.
Man of the match Lee Rogers pulled off a string of fine saves in the last ten minutes to prevent the equaliser, but in the dying minutes of the game, they did equalise, the celebrations showing how much it meant to them and how hard fought the game had been.
Silsden Whitestar 3-4 Gargrave
Despite being considered the better team, Silsden Whitestar couldn’t overcome Gargrave in their Craven League Division 1 clash.
Gargrave were awarded two penalties in the first half, after some debatable officiating. Gary Lund managed to keep one out, however the visitors converted the second, and Whitestar found themselves 3-1 down at the break. Daniel Cox with the home sides effort.
The home side pressed in the second period, and Daniel Cox was on hand again to snatch another goal back for Whitestar. Gargrave however hit back immediately, taking a 4-2 lead. Sam Boothman scored to grab another goal back for Whitestar, but it wasn’t to be for the Silsden outfit, who rued a pile of missed chances.
Gary Lund was Man of the Match for Whitestar, after an impressive performance between the sticks.
Craven League Division 4 Final: Sutton Res 0-4 FC Sporting
FC Sporting have secured the Division 4 Cup in true style tonight, after slotting goals past Sutton Reserves in tonight’s final.
Aaran Abbas, Simeon Brown and an Aatir Zuber Shezard brace secured the trophy for Sporting.
FC Sporting pose with their newest acquisition.
Sutton 2-0 Oxenhope Thirds
Sutton condemned Oxenhope’s third string to a Craven league Division 3 defeat after two first half goals. Oxenhope however battled to get back into the game in the second period, even spurning a penalty, but it was not to be. They travel to Grindleton Reserves in their final league fixture of the season. (2:00pm)
Sutton were denied Cravel League cup glory, as Grindleton snatched the Division 3 cup away in the dying seconds of extra time in a very close affair.
Sutton took an early lead, but two quick fire goals from Grindleton saw them head into half time with a 2-1 lead. Sutton responded instantly after the break, converting from the first move of the second half. Grindleton restored their lead however as they bagged midway through the second period. Sutton took the game to extra time in dramatic fashion however, as they equalized within the dying seconds of 90 minutes.
Grindleton were to have the last laugh however, as they snatched the win in the final minutes of extra time, to reward them with the cup. An impressive performance from Sutton though, in what is only their second season of playing. Sutton’s goals came in the form of James MacDonald, and a Mickey Ruddock brace.
Next week sees Sutton’s second string in the Division 4 cup final, which is to be played at Skipton Town on Monday 29th April, 6:30pm kick off.
Micky Ruddock attempts to press forward.
Barnoldswick Barons 0-5 FC Sporting
FC Sporting cruised into the finals of the Division 4 League Cup Final with a thumping victory over Barnoldswick Barons. Munzir Nazir, Simeon Brown got on the scoresheet, alongside an Aaran Abbas hat-trick.
They now face Sutton Reserves in the final, which is scheduled to be played at South Craven School. The date is yet to be confirmed.
Gargrave 1-2 Ingrow & Worth Valley
Ingrow & Worth Valley progressed to the final of the Craven League Division 2 Cup following a sterling performance against Gargrave.
Chris Smith and Rye Bailey grabbed the goals for the visitors. Gargrave got on the scoresheet late on, howvever Ingrow saw the game through to progress.
They now face Colne in the final at Ramper Park on the 1st of May.
Ingrow retaining possession during the victory.
Horton 6-1 Sutton Res
Sutton Reserves suffered a defeat by no small margins away at Horton today, losing by six goals to one. Liam Daffern bagged Sutton’s only goal, with Dan Waterfield receiveing the Man of The Match award.
Oakworth 1-3 Gargrave
Oakworth were undone this afternoon at Bronte Playing Fields, despite a great performance against Gargrave.
Oakworth took the lead through Kristian Sagar, however the visitors soon took the lead after two poor passbacks from the home side’s defence gifted Gargrave with two simple goals.
Gargrave added a third with an incisive break away, following an Oakworth free-kick in which they pressed for the equaliser.
Captain Ryan Gill secured the title.
Gargrave 0-1 Wilsden
Wilsden Athletic have secured the Craven League Division One title with a well fought win at Gargrave.
Wilsden had to battle to ensure that the score remained level at half time, after hauling off both left-back Thomas Caberry and midfield general Tom Beetham through injury. Gargrave edged the opening exchanges, however the sides went in at the break 0-0.
The second half started with a similar theme to the first. Striker Tom Dibb was forced off with injury after a challenge from behind. The change forced Wilsden on to the backfoot, however they kept the Gargrave pressure at bay.
Wilsden however finally began to play with purpose. The breakthrough came though with a sweeping counterattack.
Joel Hardy’s through ball was dummied impressively by Daniel Simpson, which fell into the path of an on rushing Wilsden captain Ryan Gill.
Gill calmly dispatched the only goal of the game to secure Wilsden the first division title. Manager Brad Domanski expressed his delight at the feat.
“It’s great to finally claim a league title after five years of being a team. The players have put in some excellent performances and shown great commitment throughout the season. We have finally got our reward.”
Division Two: Silsden Whitestar Res 3-4 Ingrow & Worth Valley
Craven League chairman Gerry Aldersley has said he is willing to step aside after more than 50 years with the league.
He appealed for younger people to become involved with the management of the competition and told the Keighley News: “We are told quite often that the league is run by old fogies but that is only because nobody else is interested
“I would only be too pleased to step down as chairman and assist someone who would like to take on the position.
“The management committee are getting older, several are 70 years plus, and we are in need of younger people who have an interest in ensuring that this long-established league continues to prosper and provide football for people in Craven and beyond.”
The league AGM is due to be held at Skipton Rugby Club clubhouse on Tuesday, June 4, and anyone interested in learning more about becoming an official can contact Mr Aldersley on 01282 813407.
Read the full story on the Keighley News website, here.
Mastab’s Restaurant Craven League
League Cup first round draws
Premier Division: Cowling v Pendle Ath, Crosshills bye.
Division 1: Silsden White Star v Gargrave, Wilsden Ath v Cononley Sports, Oakworth bye.
Division 2: Skipton Tn v Silden White Star Res. Byes – Ingrow & Worth Valley, Bingley Town.
Division 3: Cononley Sports Res v Oakworth Res, Ingrow & Worth Valley Res v Grindleton Res, Sutton v Settle Utd Res. Byes – Bradley, Cowling Res, Oxenhope Rec III, Crosshills Res.
Division 4: Skipton Tn res v Manningham All Stars, Bradley Res v FC Sporting Keighley. Sutton Res bye.
Dates to be confirmed.
Northern Plant Hire Trophy
3rd round: Wilsden Ath v Grindleton, Embsay v Cowling or Bingley Tn, Pendle v Oakworth, Silsden White Star v Skipton LMS, Cononley Sports or Grassington Utd v Padiham Tn or Oxenhope Rec III.
Ties to be played November 24, 1.30pm.
The first week’s fixtures for the Mastab’s Restaurant Craven League have been released.
It sees an opening day local derby in the Premier Division on September 1 with newly-promoted Crosshills taking on Cowling, who narrowly missed out on title glory last season.
In Division One, midweek action sees last season’s Divisional Cup finalists go head to head with Cononley Sports looking for revenge at home to Wilsden Athletic. It is one of many local derbies in the opening week’s fixtures.
There is action throughout the league on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Opening week’s fixtures
The Craven League will have a new name and a new website for the 2012/13 season.
Mastab’s Indian Restaurant, of Keighley Road, Skipton, is backing all the league’s competitions.
The Mastab’s Restaurant Craven & District League kicks off a new season and details of the divisional make-up is available on a new FA Full Time website.
Fixtures are still to be released.
Change of day. FC Sporting have moved from the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League to the Craven League
Three new Keighley-area teams have been elected to the Craven League.
Sutton FC have formed a second team, while Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League side FC Sporting have switched to the Saturday competition and will be known as FC Sporting Keighley.
The third team is called Manningham All Stars but will be based at Marley.
Padiham Town have also been added to the league but applications from Bracken FC and AFC Barnoldwick were not accepted.
The make-up of divisions is still to be decided but the season kicks-off on September 1 with a series of evening fixtures.
Finding their feet: Sutton take on Ingrow in their opener.
Season’s review – Sutton
Craven League, Division Four
by David Walker
It has been a pleasure and honour to manage Sutton in their first year playing open age football.
The season was not without its frustrations and at times it was very much like men against boys or, to be more accurate, a junior team trying to play against senior opponenents.
Craven League chairman Gerry Aldersley has given a robust response to complaints from Cowling about how the league title was decided.
Cowling’s last two matches were cancelled and they were unable to make up the 14-goal difference they needed to pip Skipton LMS to the title.
In last week’s Keighley News, Cowling chairman Chris Jones said: “It devalues the competition when important games are not played.