The Buildbase F.A. Vase 2016-17 1st Qualifying Round
Saturday, September 10th 2016
KNARESBOROUGH TOWN 1 v 2 SILSDEN AFC
Walker 47Wilson 27, Gill 34. Att.147
DOMINATING GILL CAPS HIS DAY WITH A SCREAMER!
The Cobbydalers travelled to Knaresborough Town for their first game in the 2016-17 in this year’s FA Vase with new recruits Zac Hargreaves and Ross Wilson, brought in this week by James Gill, to strengthen the squad. Hargreaves, an ex-Bury player, was signed from Evo-StickRamsbottom United and Wilson, once on Manchester United books, is rebuilding his career after a six month lay-off.
Both lads should add experience to a relatively young squad. Gill himself, who played up front in Tuesday’s victory over Carlisle City,was forced to play at centre back, with neither Eastwood nor Ryan available. The player-manager was to play a pivotal role in the game,scoring a spectacular second goal and dominating in the air as Town pushed for an equaliser.
The opening exchanges saw defences on top, although the home side did have two, rather fortuitous, half chances which the dangerous Brad Walker might have done better with. The Cobbydalers tried to move the ball on the floor whilst Town relied more on the long ball. The opener followed some good defending by Matty Moses, who sent Will Storrie on a run down the right. Storrie slid the ball across to Wilson just outside the area. WILSON hit a stunning volley into the top right-hand corner of Town’s goal.
Leon Smith then cut inside Toby Lees but shot wide of the far post before Tom Marshall broke down the left. The unlucky Marshall was injured in a challenge and, with suspected cartilage damage, was replaced by Nicky McNally. Storrie then dropped into the right back slot with Moses switching to the left.
Silsden worked the ball up the right and won a corner. Kyle Hancock drove the ball to the edge of the penalty area, Kaine dummied and GILL spun and volleyed, waist high, to make it two-nil,marginally an even better strike than Wilsons’.
At the other end Gill and Kaine were dominating and frustration got the better of Town’s Colin Heath who was booked for a foul on Gill. It might even have been “red” but it mattered little to the Town forward, who almost immediately struck Kaine, and was dismissed.
In stoppage time in the first half Hancock, sprinting down the left, turned sharply and damaged his left hamstring. He was replaced at the start of the second half by Danny Forrest, himself returning from injury.
The ten men of Knaresborough responded to their disadvantage on the restart. Moses allowed Walker to run behind him. Jakovlevs raced off his line into no-mans’ land and WALKER chipped the ball over the stranded keeper.
The goal lifted the home side but, after Gill had miskicked, Jakovlevs kept the Cobbydalers in the game with a superb save from point blank range. Tom Hesketh blasted a free kick over the bar before Silsden gradually settled. Midway through the half, Gill set up Wilson whose shot was deflected for a corner.
The game wasn’t over and Silsden were able to attack on the break. Leon Smith had a shot blocked but the forwards seemed to lack the zip after a busy fortnight. Ten minutes to go. Silsden were pushed back but Gill, a tower of strength at the back, thrice headed clear.
Ninety minutes up. Storrie was beaten down the right, Donoghue crossed the ball, Walker shot over. Silsden broke away, Wilson hit another powerful shot, keeper Jack Rushworth tipped the ball over the bar. The final whistle went.
The Cobbydalers are through to the next round and will welcome a midweek break. The physio will be busy! Gill was delighted with the victory. “Although we had to dig in, I was pleased with the new recruits and the manner we went about our business. The injuries are a concern but the resilience and mentality of the team are improving. Looking back our start wasn’t as good as I had expected but I have to look forward. Things are looking up but we must keep our eye on one game at a time”
Next Saturday Silsden entertain AFC Blackpool.
KNARESBROUGH TOWN Rushworth, Lees, Littlefair (Lancaster 61), Lenehan, Donnelly, Parkes (King 23), Donohue, Hesketh, Heath, Walker, Carole. Subs not used Mavlin, Rodgers.
SILSDEN AFC Jacovlevs, Moses, Marshall(McNally 32), Kaine, Gill, Hargreaves, Wilson, Hancock ( Forest 45), Storrie, Wademan, Smith. Subs not used Hill, Jacomb, Cox.
Referee. Mr. D. Hill
Assistants. Mr. G. Paterson and Mr. AronCrossley.