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Carlisle City 2-1 Silsden AFC

                                                                                                        The (NWCFL Div 1) 2016-17.

Tuesday, October 18th 2016

CARLISLE CITY FC 2 v 1  SILSDEN AFC             

 Errington 6, Balmer 13            Wilson 31   Att.63.


          The Cobbydalers were denied a share of the spoils in added time when Carlisle keeper, Adam Coward, made a “world-class” save to push Josh Kaine’s powerful header for a corner.

          The Cobbydalers deserved at least a point after dominating the second half in a performance which showed greater commitment and desire than the insipid display against Oswestry on Saturday. 

          Unfortunately the Cobbydalers conceded two goals in the opening fifteen minutes with some sloppy defending. After a pacey run by Will Storrie was ended with a foul, Josh McNulty came close to opening the scoring with a free-kick on three minutes. Three minutes on City were gifted a goal when a static defence allowed the experienced Ryan ERRINGTON to turn in the six-yard area and drill the ball home.

          Silsden responded with break up the left with Wademan going close. Josh Eastwood went close too with a free-kick before Errington broke down the right. His cross beat the men in the middle but the run of Daniel BALME , down the left, went untracked and the wide man slid home the second from a tight angle on thirteen minutes.

          The writing seemed to be on the wall for the Cobbydalers, with the visiting fans expecting to witness a fourth dismal defeat on the run. Fortunately Silsden found some resolve. The defence tightened up and several chances were created. The first fell to Lewis Morgan, who latched on to a through ball from Ross Wilson.  However, Coward blocked the effort. Wilson then turned in the box, after interplay between Storrie and Wademan created space, but his shot lacked venom.

          At the other end Eastwood failed to clear a free-kick and Callum Jacovlevs was forced into his first save, thwarting Errington. Silsden began to flourish in midfield with both Kyle Hancock and Morgan performing much better than they had on Saturday. Hancock’s persistence led to Silsden getting back in the game although the goal itself belonged to WILSON who dipped a shoulder and cut across centre backs, Slack and Greenslade, before slotting the ball home from twelve yards out.

          The Cobbydalers grew in confidence and Storrie’s powerful runs down the right brought a sequence of free-kicks which might have resulted in more cautions than they did. Kevin Gill  grew in stature at the back and was unlucky not to equalise before the break when he headed McNulty’s free-kick inches wide.

          The second half was dominated by a rejuvenated Silsden side. Wilson and Morgan went close on more than one occasion, before the latter set up Storrie who shot wide. Neither Wilson nor Morgan could convert after another flowing move, involving six players.

          The Sky-Blues, who got everyone behind the ball, were restricted to the odd break-away as Silsden pushed forwards, Errington missing a good chance. A ball up the right from Moses allowed Storrie to drive forwards and cross into the box. Morgan got a slight touch on the ball but Wilson was wrong footed and failed to slot the ball home.

          Storrie ran and ran but his shooting couldn’t match his threatening runs. With Silsden pushing forwards, their defence was open to the counter-attack. Errington found himself in the clear as Jakovlevs left his area. Errington shot wide. United had a five minute spell of pressure with John Allan shooting over before the Silsden keeper denied Ben Davidson with a great save.     Five minutes to go. Substitute Leon Smith slid the ball to Wilson who turned and shot low but the effort didn’t trouble Coward.

          The Cobbydalers strained every sinew but Coward denied them at the death with his acrobatic dive. James Gill came on. The penalty area was packed. Six minutes into stoppage time Silsden had a strong case for a penalty turned down. The Sky Blues held out to snatch all three points.

          Gilly was delighted with the team’s performance, albeit after conceding two goals. The defence looked tighter, Hancock looked much more effective deeper in the midfield and Morgan,  after a poor start, began to be more creative. Kevin Gill was dominant in the air and now needs to boss the defence. Storrie had his best game for the Reds.

          Silsden now need to be on their mettle for the visit of 2nd in the table, Whitchurch Alport, on Saturday. They could learn from their last three opponents who have got everyone behind the ball once they lose possession. With only one clean sheet this season everyone has to “be a defender when the opposition has the ball”, especially in the opening minutes!

CARLISLE CITY F.C. Coward, Allison, Heath(Allan 66), Graham, Slack, Greenslade, Armstrong(Davidson 64), Cherry, Reed(Green83), Errington, Balmer. Subs not used Tose, Wiser.

SILSDEN AFC. Jacovlevs, Moses, McNulty(Gill J. 89), Kaine, K. Gill, Eastwood(Smith 66), Morgan, Hancock, Wilson, Wademan, Storrie. Sub. not used. Jacomb.

Referee. Mr. S. Holden.

Assistants. Mr. M. Howarth and Mr. J. Wright.





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