Wilsden defend in depth during their 3-3 December draw with Crosshills.
Manager Brad Domanski takes a brief look at Wilsden Athletic’s fortunes this season in the Premier Division of the Craven League.
Tough season: Wilsden boss Brad Domanski.
What has been a tough season was really made even more difficult by a struggle to get a team together most weeks.
Many players had to play out of position to fill in and many played through injury due to us having no substitutes most weeks.
We were fortunate to survive in the top division but we will be back next year with a number of new players added to the squad.
Wilsden in brief:
Home league record:
P 8, W 2, D 2, L 4, F 11, A 23
Away league record:
P 8, W 2, D 0, L 6, F 13, A 36
P 5, W 3, D 0, L 2, F 15, A 13
Biggest win: 5-2 at Silsden White Star, Northern Plant Hire Trophy, April 9.
Heaviest defeat: 0-8 at Grindleton, March 1.
Players used: 25.
Most appearances: 21 Jordan Woosley, 19 Jack Lancaster, Ben Molloy, 17 Alex Lancaster.
Most goals: 10 Ryan Gill, 5 David McCarten.
Most opponents’ player of match awards: 6 Ryan Gill, 2 David McCarten.
Read Keighley Kicks’ Wilsden archive, here.
Cup hunt: Crosshills are still in the hunt for two lots of silverware.
Dates and venues have been arranged for the Craven League cup finals and all have Keighley area interest.
Crosshills travel to Settle on Thursday, May 8, to take on league champions Skipton LMS in the Premier Division Cup and both are also in the semi-finals of the Northern Plant Hire Trophy, where they are joined by holders Cowling and Wilsden Athletic, battling for a place in the final at Gargrave on Tuesday, May 6.
Although there are no local teams in the Division Four final, Cononley Sports will host a clash between Pendle Renegades Reserves and either Manningham All Stars or Skipton Town Reserves on Tuesday, April 29.
The Division Three final pairs newly-formed Broomhill with Grindleton Reserves at Skipton LMS on Wednesday, April 30, and the Division Two showpiece sees Bradley take on Bingley Town or Earby Town at Cowling on Thursday, May 1.
Crosshills host the Division One final on Wednesday, May 7, when Silsden White Star meet Grassington United or Gargrave.
Wilsden Athletic 0 Skipton LMS 6
Wilsden were unable to prevent the inevitable as LMS gained the points they needed to confirm the Craven League title for a fourth consecutive season.
The one-sided Premier Division clash went the way of the visitors with braces for Ian Craven and Luke Howsen and a goal apiece for Oliver Hurst and Chris Simpson.
Wilsden’s man of the match was Josh Atkinson.
Embsay 2 Wilsden Athletic 3
Wilsden climbed out of the Craven League Premier Division bottom two thanks to a brace of goals from Ryan Gill and a single strike from Thomas Carberry.
Man of the match was Alex Lancaster as Athletic saw off the challenge of the bottom-placed team.
Silsden White Star 2
Wilsden Athletic 5
The Whitestars looked to be on their way to a shock win in the Northern Plant Hire Trophy.
Two goals from Sam Stanfield inside the first 10 minutes had the hosts dreaming of a semi-final place but their Premier Division visitors stormed back in style in the second half.
Eliot Wilkinson pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before half-time and Dave McCarten equalised shortly into the second half.
Wilsden man of the match Ryan Gill scored twice to make it 4-2 before Daniel Simpson’s thunder strike late on made it 5-2 to end the Division One side’s hopes of silverware and push his side into the semi-finals for the third consecutive season.
Cononley Sports 4 Wilsden Athletic 2
A rapid hat-trick from Craig Gregory wrapped up victory for Cononley in the Premier Division of the Craven League.
Wilsden took an early lead through a tremendous long-range strike, which flew into top corner.
Cononley began to start passing the ball well and created a couple of chances. This paid off when man of match Craig Gregory rattled in a hat-trick in five first-half minutes.
Grindleton 8 Wilsden Athletic 0
Four goals in each half condemned Wilsden to a heavy defeat in the Premier Division of the Craven League.
Rich Hodges did most of the damage with a hat-trick, with Anton Gawthorpe rattling in a brace and Sam Rayner and Scott Fielding completing the rout.
Ryan Gill was man of the match for the visitors, who conceded four goals in both halves.
Wilsden Athletic 1 Cononley Sports 4
Cononley stayed in the Craven League title hunt with a comfortable win over a Wilsden team looking nervously over their shoulders at the Premier Division relegation battle.
Both teams were promoted from Division One last season but have had opposing fortunes at the top level.
Craig Gregory scored twice with Mark Bradley and man of the match Lee Thompson also on target for the visitors.
Ben Molloy grabbed Wilsden’s consolation and Ryan Gill was their star player.
Trawden Celtic 5 Wilsden Athletic 1
An attacking policy from Wilsden failed to pay off at the Craven League leaders.
After conceding the opening goal after only 30 seconds, Wilsden hit back with a penalty from Joel Hardy.
Celtic regained the lead just before half-time with a own goal by Ryan Ingham.
Wilsden were caught napping again early in the second half and were then caught twice more on the break as they left themselves exposed at the back as they pushed forward to find some reward.
Wilsden Athletic 4
Wilsden celebrate their 2012 Northern Plant Hire Trophy victory. They are three wins away from repeating that glory.
Wilsden’s love affair with the Craven League Northern Plant Hire Trophy continued with a seven-goal thriller at Marley.
But the 2012 cup winners, who reached the semi-finals last season, had to hit back from 3-1 down to secure a quarter-final spot.
Embsay took a 25th-minute lead but Tom Beetham levelled from the spot to make it 1-1 at half-time.
The second half started badly for Wilsden when Embsay were give two penalties in quick succession to go 3-1 ahead.
Alex Lancaster and man of the match Ryan Gill struck twice in a minute to level things and both teams pushed for the winner.
That came when a corner was half cleared to Ben Molloy and he stabbed the ball into the roof of the net to secure victory for the hosts.
Ben Lowry 2 and Alex Conroy were the Embsay scorers.
Wilsden Athletic 2 Grindleton 3
Wilsden’s winless run in the Premier Division of the Craven League was stretched to four matches as they went down by the odd goal in five.
Joel Hardy and Daniel Simpson scored for the hosts.
Premier Division: Skipton Town 5 Wilsden Ath 1
Skipton Town F.C. 3 Wilsden Athletic F.C. 4
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.”
Earby Town 2
Wilsden go ahead with a header from a corner at Earby
Wilsden Athletic 4
Wilsden secured a semi-final place in the Craven League Northern Plant Hire Trophy with a fine win at Earby this afternoon.
After withstanding early pressure, Wilsden opened the scoring, only to concede an equaliser soon after.
But they stepped up the pace to earn a home meeting with Premier Division Grindleton on Wednesday thanks to goals from Jordan Woolsey, Ryan Gill (2) and David McCarten.
The other two quarter-finals are due to be played on Monday with Cononley Sports travelling to Skipton LMS and Chatburn welcoming Rolls.
Chatburn 1 Wilsden Athletic 4
Ryan Gill netted a 30-yard screamer to round-off a fine Craven League Division One win.
Thomas Dibb, Thomas Beetham (penalty) and Jonny Crease also scored for the visitors.
Earby Town 0 Wilsden Athletic 5
Wilsden stepped up their late charge for promotion from Division One of the Craven League with a stunning demolition of one of their rivals.
The hosts could not live with Wilsden as Ryan Gill rattled home a hat-trick and Tom Dibb and Alex Lancaster added a goal each.
Action from Wilsden Athletic’s 3-2 West Riding County FA Trophy defeat at Wakefield League side Thornes.