May 17, 2016
May 16, 2016
Craven Challenge Cup Final
Settle United AFC 1 Skipton LMS FC 1 (AET) Skipton LMS win 3-1 on penalties
An enthralling cup match played in front of a bumper crowd at Skipton Town AFC saw Skipton LMS win the Craven Cup for the first time in 13 years following a repeat of the 2003 final. Two survivors from that game, Settles David Worthington and LMS’s Wilf Freakes played major parts in a very tight game. Worthington prompting from midfield kept his young team mates purring along while
” Freaksy” was the match winner for LMS with three saves in the penalty shoot out, which his team won 3-1.
Settle United dominated the game for large parts as they stifled LMS who just couldn’t get in to their rhythm. Settle created the early chances with LMS keeper Will Freakes making a couple of crucial saves from Mark Loughlin and Lee Walker. Despite their nervousness it was LMS then that had the chances with Matthew Simpson and Ian Craven both failing to convert good opportunities and the half finished even.
Settle then took control of the early exchanges of the 2nd half and eventually took the lead through a Lee Walker goal after good work from Luke Hepton. LMS still struggled to get a foothold on the game but a small tactical change saw their fortunes change and they pushed to get the equalizer and it duly came when Settle failed to deal with a free kick resulting in Captain Chris Simpson smashing the ball home following good work from Joel Timmins and Ian Craven with virtually the last kick of the game.
Extra time came and went with LMS dominating the 30 minutes as Settle began to tire but LMS failed to score the crucial goal and so it went to penalties and up stepped the hero of the moment Will Freakes who saved 3 penalties in the shoot out and that combined with scored penalties from Ian Craven, Matthew Simpson and Chris Simpson saw the celebrations begin and LMS lifting the much coveted Craven Challenge Cup. There were several eye catching performances including Robert Bingham and Oliver Hurst of LMS, while the clash of Barnoldswick Town team mates Matthew Simpson and Elliot Firth was also a feature with Firth’s display earning him the Ronnie Jones man of the Match Award.
It was a good match to watch, one that certainly did the prestigious cup proud, sincere commiserations must go to Settle who played very well. Referee Matthew Buckmaster and his team of Ray Torczuk and Chas Veighey gave an excellent contribution to the game. but huge congratulations to LMS who have had an excellent season and this Cup win coming on the back of extraordinary unbeaten Premier Division season.
The Craven Challenge Cup and trophies were presented to the teams by former Football League Referee and Craven FA Secretary, Mr Bob Turner
May 10, 2016
The Craven Challenge Cup Final between Settle United AFC and Skipton LMS FC will take place on Friday 13 May 2016. kick off 6:30pm at Skipton Town AFC ground.
Skipton LMS and Settle United earned the right to contest the Craven Challenge Cup Final on this Friday night at Skipton Town AFC; 6:30pm kick off. Rimington winners of the Craven Cup for ten of the last fifteen finals were defeated by Skipton LMS on a 6-3 margin. In a pulsating first half the teams were locked at 3-3 at the break, only for LMS to boss the second half and win comfortably. Goalscorers for LMS were Fred Midgley, Oli Hunter, Ian Craven, Matthew Simpson, Robert Matthews and teenage sub Daniel Hunt. Scorers for Rimington were Ryan McCarthy, Gary Jackson and Ben Hallam.
Pendle Renegades, newly crowned Champions of Craven Leagues Division One gave Settle United a fright before losing a penalty shoot out by four goals to one after extra time. Pendle had taken the initiative with their fast direct play which unsettled their opponents and were rewarded by a 27th minute goal from Jordan Slade. Settle pushed hard in the second half and levelled on 67 minutes through Mark Loughlin. Pendle had the chance to seal the game but missed a penalty and it looked ominous for them when Tom Strickland scored in a goalmouth scramble; however to Pendle’s credit they levelled matters when Slade scored his 2nd goal with a powerful taking it to a penalty shoot out.
May 10, 2016
Hellifield Sports FC 4 Sedbergh Wanderers FC 1 (AET)
Morrison Cup Final
Hellifield Sports lifted the Morrison Cup after a 4-1 victory over Sedbergh Wanderers. This was a feisty and competitive encounter with the winners requiring extra time to seal the game. Hellifield, winners of Division 3 in the Craven League had to withstand early pressure defending stoutly and relying on spasmodic breaks. It was they who took the lead in the 33rd minute through a Carl Stanford free kick. In the second half Sedbergh increased the tempo and scorned several chances before Aaron Siemaszko scored from the penalty spot with 5 minutes to go, much to the delight of their travelling support. In extra time a superbly struck shot from Kris Attewell restored the lead and Sebergh’s task was made harder when their goal scorer was sent off. Stanford completed his hat trick with two further goals. Both teams should be congratulated for a good old fashioned game of football full of pride and energy, full of skill to keep the large crowd on their toes.
May 10, 2016
Rolls FC Reserves 6 Skipton Town AFC Reserves 1
Rolls Res retained the Norman Pratt Trophy when they defeated Skipton Town Res last Thursday night at Gargrave AFC by the margin of 6-1.The more experienced Rolls outfit soon had a two goal lead on a pitch that was covered in hailstones minutes before kickoff, although Town pulled a goal back to give them some hope, Rolls ability to control the game made it a hard task for them and just before the break Rolls increased their lead. Their clinical finishing in the second half took the game away from the gallant losers who throughout tried to match their higher division opponents with some delicate football but were let down in their finishing.
May 10, 2016
Rimington FC 3 Skipton LMS FC 6
Pendle Renegades 2 Settle United AFC 2 (Settle winning 4-1 on penalties)
May 6, 2016
The Morrison Cup Final is being staged at Settle United AFC, kick off 6:30pm between Hellifield Sports FC and Sedbergh Wanderers FC on Friday 6 May 2016.