Oxenhope celebrate clinching promotion

Oxenhope's players celebrate

Andy Fox goes on the charge for Oxenhope

First published in Sport

Oxenhope Recreation Thirds were celebrating last Saturday after securing promotion to Division Two in their final league game of the season.

A big crowd turned out to cheer the team on to a tenth straight win in Division Three, which came in the form of a comfortable 3-0 success over Settle Reserves.

Three first-half goals made the game safe despite losing leading scorer Tony Cooper to injury after only ten minutes.

Will Wells opened the scoring on 25 minutes, the youngster heading in at the far post following a precise corner from Graham Robinson.

Ten minutes later the advantage was doubled and, again, man of the match Robinson was the architect. He played a through ball for Connor Madden to run on to and finish in style.

Andy Fox added a third just before half-time when he broke down the left. He floated the ball over the defence and the keeper to score at the far post.

Oxenhope went on to dominate the second half, spurning several good chances to increase their lead before the celebrations began at the final whistle as they clinched the runners-up spot behind Grass-ington Reserves.

Elsewhere, Skipton LMS rounded off their Premier Division title-winning campaign with a comfortable 5-2 win at Cross Hills.

Striker Luke Howsen took his tally of league goals to 24 with a hat-trick.

There was also a triple for Earby Town striker Paul Oldroyd as they clinched second-place in Division One with a 5-0 win over Silsden White Star.

White Star now know who their opponents will be in the final of the Division One League Cup at Sutton Playing Fields on May 7. Grassington United overcame a determined Gargrave side 4-2 on penalties, after a 3-3 draw.

Matthew Blackwell scored four times as second-bottom Earby Town Reserves won 6-0 at Ingrow & Worth Valley in Division Two. Lee Roberts and Bill Russell were also on target.

Chris Hogg’s first-half goal for Bradley was cancelled out by a Joseph Parker strike as Skipton hit back to force a 1-1 draw.

Salts showed no mercy for struggling Ilkley as they cruised to a 7-1 win. Jonny Dwyer (2) was among the goals.

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