Wilsden Athletic 3 Grassington United 5
A double from James Halliday and a strike from man of the match Joel Hardy were not enough to keep alive Wilsden’s Craven League Premier Division Cup hopes.
Grassington led 2-1 at half-time and “won” the second half 3-2 to secure progress thanks to goals from Jeremy Gee 2, Tarek Issa, Jeck Schindler and Ben Schindler.
Wilsden Athletic 2
Wilsden marked their long-awaited return to Craven League action with a Premier Division victory.
James Whitaker and Jack Lancaster got their goals after the team had been sidelined since December 6 due to four postponements.
It had been even longer without a game for Cowling, who had last played on November 22.
Wilsden Athletic 3 Trawden Celtic 2
Wilsden doubled their Craven League Premier Division win total for the season with a thrilling victory over title-chasing Trawden.
James Hallyday, Alex Lancaster and Joel Hardy struck for the hosts.
Bradley 1 Wilsden Athletic 7
Premier Division class told as Wilsden cruised through in the Northern Plant Hire Trophy at their Division One opponents.
James Halliday 2, Jack Lancaster, Jordan Woolsey, Alex Lancaster, Joel Hardy and James Whitaker shared the Wilsden goals with Jordan Blackburn registering the solitary response.
Wilsden Athletic 3
James Longbottom, Jordan Woolsey and James Halliday were on target for Craven League Premier Division side Wilsden as they saw off plucky underdogs Sutton.
Grindleton 4 Wilsden Athletic 3
A rusty Wilsden were caught out in their first game since September as they handed the hosts their first win of the Craven League Premier Division season.
Brendan Folan, Tom Carberry and Dave McCarten scored for Athletic.
Wilsden Athletic 3
(Wilsden won 4-2 on pens)
Broomhill gave a proud display before slipping out of the Keighley FA Challenge Cup to a team from two divisions higher in the Craven League hierarchy.
The hosts had the clearest chances with Simon Harris skewing a shot wide from a cut back and Jamie Greenwood shooting straight at the goalkeeper.
Joe Slater scored a volley from 20 yards for Broomhill’s first.
Two long balls were finished in identical fashion to put Wilsden ahead before Andy Tanner kept onside and slotted the ball under the keeper to make it 2-2.
Harris scored a penalty after Patrick King was felled in the box five minutes before half-time.
Wilsden scored on the hour mark after a failed clearance ended up with the Wilsden winger and he drilled the across the box for it to be poked in.
Extra time was even with both teams tiring but not really threatening before the penalty shoot-out went 4-2 in Wilsden’s favour.
The visitors scorers in the 90 minutes were Robert Carberry 2 and Brendan Folan.
It was bad news across the board for the other Keighley area teams in the West Riding County FA cups.
In the Challenge Cup, Silsden’s development XI went down 4-1 at West Yorkshire League side Aberford Albion with only an own goal to show for their efforts, while Denholme United were beaten by a single goal at Heywood Irish Centre but Wilsden Athletic crashed 6-0 at home to Ealandians.
Craven League side Salts Thirds lost 3-2 at home to Lower Hopton Reserves in the Challenge Trophy and Ingrow & Worth Valley suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Hunslet Club Reserves.
Wilsden Athletic 4
Earby Town 1
Dave McCarten struck twice as Wilsden chalked up their first Craven League Premier Division win of the season.
Brendan Folan and James Whitaker were also on target for the hosts as they piled on the misery for winless Embsay, who scored a consolation through Joel Howard.
Wilsden Athletic 2
Grassington United 2
Dave McCarten and Jack Lancaster earned Wilsden another point, at the expense of Grassington but they still remain without a Premier Division win.
Settle United 7
Wilsden Athletic 1
Wilsden remain without a win after a heavy defeat at early-season Craven League leaders Settle.
Dave McCarten netted for the visitors with Gerardo Capobianco their man of the match.
Daniel Bathers stuck twice for Settle with the others goals shared by Will Beckwith, Matt Cardus, Elliot Firth, Pedro Quintas and Lee Walker.
Bingley Town 1
Wilsden Athletic 4
Bingley held their own against Craven League Premier Division opposition in a goalless first half of their latest pre-season friendly.
Both teams created some decent chances to score but both keepers saved anything that came their way.
The errors kicked in for Bingley after the break. A careless handball on the goal line gave Wilsden a penalty, which they converted.
Their second came from the Bingley keeper being tackled while in control of the ball and the third when the centre back failed to control a ball, which left a Wilsden player one on one with the keeper to finish in the top corner.
Bingley pulled one back with a great goal from Richmond but Wilsden scored a fourth with the last kick of the game.
Elliot Wilkinson and James Halliday scored two each for Wilsden.
Bingley’s Endy Powar said: “It was a positive performance from the Bingley lads and we were by no way outplayed. Fair play to Wilsden for being clinical in front of goal and it was clear to see they are a top quality outfit.”
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.