The hallmarksecurityleague.com (NWCFL Div 1) 2016-17.
Saturday, 8th October 2016
SANDBACH UNITED FC 2 v 0 SILSDEN AFC
Lane 3, 90. Att.81.
BELOW PAR COBBYDALERS IN A DAY TO FORGET
The Cobbydalers travelled to Cheshire for a game against another team recently promoted to the NWCFL and yet again they succumbed to a team on the up. Six of the eight newly promoted teams, along with relegated Alsager Town, and Widnes occupy the top eight places in the Division One table, Sandbach now occupying sixth spot. As yet the Cobbydalers have only beaten Carlisle and drawn with Oswestry Town in their games against the new boys.
The Cobbydalers, once again, had to adjust their backline with last week’s debutant, Lewis Morgan, an absentee. Silsden were denied the opener on thirty seconds when Chris Wademan cut though the home defence, Sandbach keeper making an excellent save. Three minutes later they took the lead through Josh LANE after he had stolen the ball off Josh McNulty.
The home side then took control as Silsden were pushed back. Ryan Moss headed a chance from a corner over the bar before a combination of Callum Jakovlevs and Josh Kaine denied Danny Bartle. Oumar Mballo, after a deft turn, then shot over the bar.
It was twenty minutes into the game before Silsden recovered from their early setback. McNulty burst up the left but his low cross was cleared before Tom Coulson weaved his way past two players but was closed down by Nathan Jones at the heart of United’s defence. Kaine twice broke up dangerous attacks down the wing, as Silsden lost the ball in promising positions.
The skipper then instigated the next attack for the Cobbydalers with a dip of the shoulder and a drilled ball down the right to Kyle Hancock who slid it into the path of Wademan. Silsden’s top scorer was closed down by Bartle who launched another attack. Once again it was Kaine who cleared the ball but five minutes before the break Jacovlevs saved a low shot from Carlos Correia. The Cobbydalers held on until half time
Oumar Mballo should have doubled United’s lead on the restart. He hit in from the right, leaving three defenders in his wake but instead of “pulling the trigger” he passed to Correia whose shot was blocked. Jamie Morgan headed another corner wide.
Both Danny Forrest and James Gill were booked for dissent, partly a result of the team’s inability to keep the ball, but the better side of Forrest was seen when he hit a powerful header wide from Zack Hargreaves’ corner. Moss made another fine save. Twice more Forrest had headers cleared from the goal area but there was little threat coming from elsewhere for the Yorkshiremen.
Nicky McNally, who replaced the “out of sorts” Leon Smith, then hit a cracking volley from the right following Forrest’s cross-field ball. The shot went inches wide. Silsden’s failure led to the team pushing too hard. Individual poor decisions from Eastwood, Hancock and substitute, Tom Henderson gave United more time with the ball.
Jacovlevs denied the Cheshire outfit a second with a diving save of a ball from Correia before Henderson fed McNally, but the home defence were in no mood to concede. It was only in the dying minutes that Silsden really put the back four under pressure. Eastwood drove the ball to Gill who flicked it on to Forrest. The assistant manager found McNally in the penalty area but Moss sped off his line to dive at the striker’s feet.
Jacovlevs hit a long ball to Henderson who broke up the right and put a good ball into a crowded area but it wasn’t Silsden’s day. The Cobbydalers had pushed all but Jacovlevs and Eastwood forwards but the high clearance found LANE on the edge of the penalty area. He had time to pull it down and hit a volley out of the reach of Silsden keeper.
After the game the players and managers apologised for their poor performance. No-one goes out with the intention of having a bad game but it just wasn’t Silsden’s day. Individual errors and poor decision-making gave the home side the initiative. It might have been very different if Wademan’s effort in the opening minute had gone in! But it didn’t!
On Saturday the Cobbydalers entertain Oswestry Town, the away game ended 6-6. Might history repeat itself? The following Tuesday is a long trip to Carlisle City.
SANDBACH UNITED. Moss, Pearson, Morgan, Cooper, Jones, Riley, Mballo(Watkin 62), Correia(Sutton 80), Lane , Taylor(Brierley 88). Sub not used. Stockton.
SILSDEN AFC. Jakovlevs, Eastwood, McNulty(Gill J.85), Kaine, Hargreaves, Moses, Forrest, Coulson(Henderson 71), Smith(McNally 60), Wademan, Hancock.
Subs not used Jacomb, Gill K.
Referee Mr. M. Cottingham.
Assistants Ms J. Shuker and Mr. H. Daniels.