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21st Aug 16
Prestwich Heys v Silsden AFC Match Report
The Cobbydalers travelled to the Adie Moran Stadium for their first encounter with new boys Prestwich Heys.

The North West Counties Football League Division One 2016-17

Saturday, August 20th 2016

PRESTWICH HEYS FC 2 v 0 SILSDEN AFC

Tierney 28, 44.                                                                       Att. 101

            The Cobbydalers travelled to the Adie Moran Stadium for their first encounter with new boys Prestwich Heys, hoping to kick on after suffering a narrow defeat in the midweek home game against Charnock Richard.

            The playing surface was excellent but the weather wasn’t, with a blustery wind and very heavy showers. The home side played with the advantage of the wind in the first half. The Cobbydalers started brightly with Nicky McNally latching onto a through ball from Will Storrie. Hey keeper was swiftly off his line to smother McNally’s low shot. A ball drilled in by Kyle Hancock to Danny Forrest saw the latter turn and hit a low shot just wide of the far post  six minutes later.

            Centre-back Kevin Gill was then beaten by the pace of Paul Tierney who crossed into the penalty area but Josh Kane cleared the danger. The Cobbydalers desire to attack almost cost them in the fifteenth minute when a corner at the far end was cleared with Silsden only having two defenders back. Fortunately Chris Wademan spotted the danger and cleared for a throw-in. McNally then chipped the ball over the bar at the other end.

            Both sides had efforts off target, Slaven for Prestwich and Storrie and Wademan for the Yorkshiremen   before   Heys took the lead. The back four were caught square  hoping to catch their opponents offside but Paul TIERNEY  broke through to chip the ball over Callum Jakovlevs, who had advanced off his goal line.

            The home side took control as Silsden threw men forwards. Too often there were five or six players ahead of the ball allowing the home side to counter-attack swiftly. When the full backs attacked there was no-one covering. Tierney should have made it two, ten minutes before the break, after breaking though a back four which needed more protection from the midfield.

            Silsden needed to hold on till the break, hoping to take advantage of the wind in the second half, but a minute before the half-time whistle TIERNEY spotted the Silsden keeper off his line and lobbed a second. Tierney has just returned to football after being disillusioned with the game. He had been on Manchester United’s books as a junior and represented them in the Carling Cup. He also played for Blackpool and Motherwell.

            Silsden pushed forwards in the second half but the home side packed their defence and denied the Cobbydalers time and space. The Silsden forwards couldn’t break them down,  Hancock coming the closest to pulling a goal back but his shot was blocked.

            Prestwich were quite happy to play on the break, Jamie Baguley volleying just wide after ten minutes of the second  half,  after the back four were exposed again.

            Silsden finally responded. McNally was put through by Hancock but shot over, before a three man move ended with McNulty having a shot deflected for a corner.

Manager Gill brought on Tom Marshall and Leon Smith for McNally and Storrie but the Cobbydalers couldn’t make clear openings. After fumbling the ball at the other end, Jacovlevs recovered to deny Erike Sousa, before  managing to deny Tierney a third at the second attempt.

            The Cobbydalers were struggling against a team which was gaining in confidence,  that is until five minutes from time. Silsden were attacking and the linesman raised a flag vehemently. Had Silsden been awarded a penalty? The referee spoke to his assistant for two minutes before awarding a corner! Two minutes later Silsden hit the post in a goal mouth scramble but it was too little too late.

            Gill was furious at the decision not to award a spot kick but he did concede that the Cobbydalers had been below par. “That might have made the difference but we didn’t perform as well as in midweek. Prestwich defended well in numbers but we were too open with players not seeing that they all have to become defensively-minded when we lose possession.”

            On Wednesday the Cobbydalers travel to Bacup Borough.

 

PRESTWICH HEYS FC Campbell-Rose, Wood, Howard, Slaven, Foster, Johnson, White, Baguley(Reece  76), Bruce(Sousa 61), McLaughlin(Itela 90), Tierney. Subs. not used Lyons,  Milton.

SILSDEN AFC   Jakovlevs, Eastwood,  McNulty,  Kaine, K. Gill, Richardson, Forrest, Hancock, McNally(Marshall 56), Wademan, Storrie(Smith 56). Subs not used Cox, Moses, J. Gill.

Referee. Mr. J. Dillnutt.

Assistants  Mr. Z. Tattersall, & Mr. J. Thorp.

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