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27th Sep 16
Silsden AFC 3-4 Hall Road Rangers AET
COBBYDALERS SHADED OUT IN PULSATING CUP TIE

The Buildbase  F. A. VASE 2016-17.  2nd Qualifying Round.

Saturday September 24th 2016

SILSDEN AFC  3(2)  v  4(2) HALL ROAD RANGERS      (A.e.t.)

       Coulson 47, Wademan 83.                     Spinks 37, 48, Norton 93,

Forrest 110,                        Phillips 112(p).           Att.63

COBBYDALERS SHADED OUT IN PULSATING CUP TIE

The Cobbydalers fell at the second hurdle in this season’s FA Vase in extra time to Hall Road Rangers, the Hull side who, at present, are third in the NECL league. Will Storrie pulled up in the warm-up and was replaced by Leon Smith. Smith was in the action in the opening minute when he broke down the right, cut into the penalty area, only to be denied a goal by a sharp save from Adam Stevens. The keeper saved another effort two minutes later gathering a low shot from Ross Wilson, who had run though the visitors’ defence.  

Eventually the Rangers settled and pressed Silsden for much of the half, almost scoring from Dane Mortimer’s header but Josh McNulty cleared off the line. Scott Phillips should have given the visitors the lead when he charged down a clearance from Callum Jakovlevs in the home goal, but his weak shot was easily gathered by the home keeper. Smith then headed clear after Matty Moses’ tackle had resulted in a corner.

Rangers continued to press. Danny Norton was a constant threat and was unlucky not to put the visitors ahead, when his controlled volley hit the far post, with Jacovlevs stranded. The pressure eventually told on thirty-seven minutes when Chris SPINKS ran onto to deft pass from Scott Phillips to chip the ball over the advancing Jacovlevs. The Silsden keeper denied the visitors a second in the final minute of the half with a superb save from Bennett. Just before the break Danny Forrest, replaced Nicky McNally.

Two minutes into the second half Silsden equalised when Tom COULSON flicked home a free kick. Unfortunately the visitors regained the lead a minute later, when SPINKS followed up his first shot, which had been saved, to fire in from close range. 

Silsden searched for another equaliser. Gill went close with a header then Smith had a shot charged down. Halfway through the second period neat interplay between Smith and Josh Eastwood led to a golden chance for Ross Wilson, only a yard out, but the new man couldn’t get a clean contact on the ball. 

Both goalkeepers made further saves with their feet, Stevens denying Wademan, after he had burst into the box from the left and then Jacovlevs, at the other end, denying Phillips. Phillips then wasted an opportunity when a swift breakinvolving  Mortimer and Forrester,created an opening. Substitute, Craig Muirhead, then had the opportunity to double the visitors’ lead when Gill failed to clear. 

The Cobbydalers had a penalty claim turned down on eighty minutes, when Forrest was impeded but the equaliser came three minutes later, when WADEMAN slid the ball home. The goal scorer had been pulled back by a defender but broke free. A good advantage played but the visitors might have been down to ten men had the referee been less lenient.

Two-Two; back came Rangers.  Muirhead’s shot was deflected by Eastwood and Jacovlevs struggled to gather but the ball went inches wide. The game went into extratime. Three minutes later the visitors were back in front with NORTON curling the ball beyond the reach of Jacovlevs. A super run by Wademan took him past two defenders but Stevens saved at full stretch.

Fifteen minutes to go! Tom Henderson came on for Leon Smith. Eastwood hit a superb shot from forty-yards out. The ball was deflected for a corner. Rangers failed to clear and FORREST scored Silsden’s third equaliser. Once again Silsden conceded soon after equalising. Gill tripped PHILLIPS who buried the spot kick. With three minutes left on the clock, Henderson went agonisingly close to making it four all. The ball went wide. The victory was Rangers.

It had been a classic cup tie with end to end football and a hat-full of goals, missed chances and great saves. Naturally Gill, “the manager” was disappointed. “We created enough chances but we didn’t use our heads at times. Each equaliser was soon followed by the visitors regaining the lead. We have a long injury list but the lads worked hard. We just need to defend better as a compact unit”.

On Tuesday the Cobbydalers travel to Chadderton before entertaining “table_ toppers” City of Liverpool FC on Saturday.

SILSDEN AFC Jacovlevs, Eastwood, McNulty, Moses, Gill, Hargreaves, Wilson, Coulson, McNally (Forrest 43), Wademan, Smith (Henderson 105). Subs not used Cox, Busfield.

HALL ROAD RANGERS FC Stevens, Belcher, Piercy(Muirhead 73), Rickets Dexter, Mortimer, Forrester(Cooper 82), Phillips, Bennett, Spinks (Reeson  69), Norton. Sub. not used. Binns.

Referee. Mr. M. Cottingham.

Assistants.  Ms. S.  Shuker and Mr. H Daniels

 

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