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SILSDEN AFC 2016-17 Season's review.
17th Oct 16
Silsden AFC 0-3 FC Oswestry Town

The Div 1) 2016-17.

Saturday, October 15th 2016

SILSDEN AFC 0 v 3 OSWESTRY TOWN FC                                                                                                                                  Melusi 6, Mulloy 45,        Att. 98                                                                                                     Price, 78.


          The Cobbydalers welcomed back Ross Wilson to lead the attack and Lewis Morgan returned after missing last week’s game. Unfortunately the “curse of the warm-up” struck again, when Josh McNulty pulled out of the starting line up, being replaced by Tom Coulson, who slotted into an unfamiliar role at left back. Kevin Gill came into the back four to partner Josh Kaine.

          Wilson was soon in the action, sliding the ball through the Oswestry defence to Chris Wademan, but the leading scorer’s right-foot shot lacked power. Oswestry then exploited the uncertainty in the Cobbydalers defence. Matty Moses headed a dangerous cross clear but the visitors took the lead after only six minutes. With Silsden slow to react to the danger, Brendon Price broke free down the right and crossed to Shaun MELUSI to tap home with ease. Melusi, who had scored two goals in the corresponding fixture in Shropshire, before being sent off, caused problems with his pace but he was caught offside, too often,  in his desire to beat the Silsden back four.

          Silsden responded to the setback with Morgan sliding the ball through to Wilson whose first touch was too heavy. Wilson then spread the ball out to Hancock who crossed into the box where Forrest couldn’t get a strong enough contact on a diving header. Morgan was a peripheral figure in the midfield where Josh Eastwood did his best to create some momentum. Morgan allowed Liam Molloy too much space and time to burst through the middle. Fortunately for the Cobbydalers, his run ended with his shot hitting the side netting. 

          Moses, by far Silsden’s best player, broke up the right and crossed to Wademan who scuffed his shot. The ball ricocheted to Wilson who, at full stretch, put it over the bar. Eastwood was doing his best to lift the pace but too many of his teammates seemed sluggish. Molloy was having a field day down the right before Morgan made a powerful run across the field and up the right. Wilson should have done better with the low cross and, just before the break, he had a great chance to level the scores after Eastwood had set him up. Just a bit rusty after a lay off but no-one could fault his effort and desire, something that couldn’t have been said about every player.

          Unfortunately, with the half-time whistle imminent, Oswestry double their lead, when they cruised into the Silsden area for MULLOY to score a second. 

          Will Storrie, who replaced Morgan, soon broke down the right to slide the ball to Forrest but the striker couldn’t keep the ball down. Twice Moses broke up dangerous attacks but Brendon Price should have made it three when he was in the clear at the far post.

          McNally replaced Forrest and Leon Smith came on for Wademan but few chances were created. Robert Shone, at the back for Town, was outstanding in defence, nullifying the pace of McNally and Storrie as well as keeping a tight check on Wilson.  Hancock, who had been another peripheral player, tried some weaving runs but they often ended down blind alleys. Possession was squandered too often without Silsden player’s getting back behind the ball.

          Twelve minutes from time Molloy broke down the right and crossed into the box where PRICE tapped home the third. McNally had a one-on-one with the keeper who parried it for a corner. No-one challenged for Hancock’s corner which was easily gathered by Cowderoy in the visitor’s goal. It summed up the Cobbydaler’s performance. 

          Last week the Cobbydalers succumbed at Sandbach. It hadn’t been a good performance. The players promised an improvement but there wasn’t the intensity, desire or passion needed to break out of the poor run. Players need to stand up and be counted. Confidence is low, the goals have dried up but the fans needs to see more togetherness and fight as was seen at Chadderton.

          A long trek to Carlisle on Tuesday night is followed by the visit of second-placed Whitchurch Alport next Saturday.


SILSDEN AFC. Jakovlevs, Moses, Coulson, Kaine, K. Gill, Eastwood, Forrest(McNally 64), Morgan(Storrie 45), Wilson, Wademan(Smith 72), Hancock. Sub not used McNulty.                                                                     OSWESTRY TOWN FC.  Cowderoy, Durrell(Greybrook 45{Litchfield 67),  Jones, Jarman, Shone, Parker, Molloy, Hassanyey( Halton 72), Harris, Harris, Melusi. Price. Sub. not used Lewis.

Referee. Mr. L. Marshall.                                                                       Assistants. Mr. .Robinson, and Mr. M. Wojtas.


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