The hallmarksecurityleague.com (NWCFL Div 1) 2016-17.
Saturday, 1st October 2016
SILSDEN AFC 0 v 2 CITY OF LIVERPOOL AFC
Fowler 11, Dalton 56. Att. 167
WOODWORK DENIES COBBYDALERS
The Cobbydalers were unfortunate not to get something out of their game against the League leaders. It was a case of two errors by the Yorkshire men which were punished by the visitors and the woodwork twice halting efforts from Josh McNulty and Leon Smith.
The idea of setting up a new club in Liverpool began in 2008 when four like-minded people got together to form a club from within the City boundaries to play at this level. The idea grew in 2014 and an application was made to join the NWCFL. Six new teams were to join Division One this season and Liverpool was not one of the six. However, Northwich Manchester Villa then resigned from the league. Liverpool officials travelled to Wembley on June 8th and, after a nail-biting day, were successful in their application.
Simon Burton, City’s manager, had put together a team with a group of players who have either represented the city at schoolboy level or played at a higher level. He has been rewarded with his team heading the table.
The Cobbydalers, who were hoping to build on Tuesday’s win at Chadderton, were without striker Ross Wilson, who had been injured in the game. Kyle Hancock returned from injury and new signing, Lewis Morgan, another 21 year old, came in at the centre of the defence.
The visitors took the lead after only eleven minutes when a through ball from Chris Dykes split the defence. Josh Kaine and Morgan were beaten but the ball looked like the Silsden keeper’s. However, Jakovlevs hesitated and stayed on his line. It was easy for Andrew Fowler to slot it home.
The Cobbydalers were rattled but they eventually settled and Danny Forrest went close with a header from Josh McNulty’s free-kick.Morgan then set up the next attack but the City defenders were quick to close down any threats.
Twenty minutes into the game McNulty hit another free kick from forty yards out. The dipping ball beat Bartosz Kowalski in the visitor’s goal but it rattled the bar. The impressive McNulty was soon back to defensive duties, forcing Daley Woods wide, the striker’s shot hitting the side-netting.
The full back then sent Chris Wademan on a run down the left but his cross was cleared. Danny Forrest then volleyed wide after latching onto a cross from Hancock. In the dying minutes of the half the visitors put the home defence under pressure but managed to hold on until the break.
From the restart Wademan broke away down the right but lacked support. Chris Lester cleared the ball to Daley Woods who crossed to Andrew Fowler. The winger sliced his effort wide. Forrest was trying to create some openings but he was well marshalled by Daniel Dalton.
Ten minutes into the second period Michael Smith sent Tom Peterson free but Jacovlevs snuffed out the danger before Silsden broke in numbers. McNulty was fouled in his own half after the ball had been moved out to the right. With Silsden close to the penalty area the whistle went for a free-kick on the halfway line! No advantage played!
The second error leading to a goal came a minute later. Josh Kaine, under pressure, tried to pass the ball back to his keeper. The ball was overhit and Jakovlevs couldn’t reach it. A corner for the visitors.! The defence allowed DALTON to rise unchallenged in the box. His powerful header put the visitors two up.
Gill brought on Leon Smith to add some pace down the right. McNulty was sacrificed with Eastwood moving back. Jacovlevs then denied the visitors, first saving Woods’ low shot and then clearing an effort from Fowler after Peterson had broken down the right.
Silsden weren’t finished and a penetrating pass from Eastwood found Smith on the right. The substitute burst into the box, held off his marker and hit a thunderbolt. It shook the bar. Morgan then managed to get into the box but he sliced his effort wide, having latched onto a through ball.
The visitors saw out the game to consolidate their lead at the top. The Cobbydalers just had to take it on the chin. Had the chances gone in, it might have been another matter.
There were pluses for Silsden. Morgan had a sound debut, Forrest and Hancock both got more game time and the young side was not overawed by the visit of the League leaders.
Next Saturday the Cobbydalers travel to face another of the League’s new teams, SandbachUnited.
SILSDEN AFC Jakovlevs, Moses, McNulty(Smith 59), Kaine, Hargreaves, Morgan, Forrest, Coulson (Longley 85), Eastwood, Wademan, Hancock (Henderson 71). Sub not used Gill.
CITY OF LIVERPOOL AFC. Kowalcyzk, Lester, Camozzi, Daniels (Williams 87), Dalton, Dunne, Peterson ( Gregson 93), Dykes (Blaney 71), Woods, Smith, Fowler. Subs not used Weston, Cooper.
Referee Mr. Z. Bamber.
Assistants Mr. P. Hewitson and Mr. O. Robinson.