The hallmarksecurityleague.com (NWCFL Div 1) 2016-17.
Saturday, October 22nd 2016
SILSDEN AFC 0 v 3 WHITCHURCH ALPORT
COBBYDALERS FAIL TO CONVERT CHANCES
Everall 24, Blundell 67(p), 80. Att.95.
Last season Whitchurch came into Division One of the NWCFL only to finish bottom of the table using local players. There was a complete overhaul of the club with new managers who built a team with more experienced players brought in for a wider area. This win against the Cobbydalers put them top of the table. That said,the three-nil score line is no reflection of the game,with the Cobbydalers creating as many chances as the visitors.
Silsden started positively with Josh McNulty slipping the ball up the middle to Josh Eastwood. The ball was threaded through to Ross Wilson but his shot was cleared for a corner. Another corner ten minutes later was headed over the Whitchurch bar by James Gill. An overlapping run, up the right by Matty Moses, ended with the full-back’s cross being headed clear by Ryan Thomas.
Alport’s first attack came on eighteen minutes when Alex Hughes swung a cross in from the right. Matt Ashbrook latched onto the ball and dribbled into the Silsden box but his follow-up shot was blocked. Eastwood cleared another dangerous cross from Hughes before Moses made another powerful run up the right. The ball was pulled back to Lewis Morgan. Morgan’s shot on target lacked the power to beat Danny Read in the visitor’s goal.
The Cobbydalers, who had been conceding early goals in the last four games, were undone in the twenty-fourth minute when, as the defence ran out, Simon EVERALL ran onto a ball chipped over the top to slide the ball past the isolated Callum Jacovlevs.
Storrie, who had tormented the Carlisle defence, was finding it hard to break through on the right as Alport midfielders were tracking back to support the full-back. Silsden did win a corner, but like Gill, Morgan headed the cross over the bar.
Storrie tried a long shot which was cleared,then Wilson beat two men only to be thwarted by Read, who dived at the striker’s feet to push the ball for a corner. Silsden kept up the pressure and Wilson hit a goal-bound screamer which, unfortunately for the Cobbydalers, was deflected into the grateful arms of Reed.
Whitchurch then had two chances. Everall broke free but Jakovlevs pushed him wide before Ashbrook shot wide. Minutes before the break, Wilson hit the side netting before Hancock volleyed over, pulling his hamstring yet again in the act of shooting. He was replaced by Leon Smith at the break.
The second half followed a similar pattern with Silsden searching for a goal. However it didn’t come, Wilson again hitting the side netting and Wademan just unable to get a touch on Kaine’s through ball. Silsden continued to push forwards but the visitors’ defence soaked up the pressure with the midfield always providing protection for the back four. When a rare mistake was made, the Cobbydalers couldn’t punish it.
Whitchurch broke into the Silsden area and a trip by McNulty led to a penalty, which wasdriven home by BLUNDELL on sixty minutes. Recent signing Michael Garnett came on for Silsden and, although he didn’t manage to score,two superb touches in a tight penalty area highlighted his technique.
Gill pushed McNulty forwards and played with a back three. Chances still came. Wademan just failed to get a touch at the near post and then he shot directly into the keeper’s hands. Silsden had a shout for a penalty turned down before Whitchurch broke down the right. The defence was stretched and BLUNDELL sealed the victory with his second.
The Cobbydalers still attacked. Read saved McNulty’s free-kick and Wademan was again denied at the near post.
Gill was disappointed with the result but highlighted the number of chances the Cobbydalers created. “Earlier in the season the chances were being converted. The Cobbydalers have scored 33 and conceded 31! We need some luck. I acknowledge we need to be to be tighter at the back and I am constantly on the look-out to strengthen the squad.”
The next three games are cup games. Next Saturday the Cobbydalers travel to New Mills in the Macron League Cup.
SILSDEN AFC Jacovlevs, Moses, McNulty, Kaine, Gill J.(Erangey 88), Eastwood, Morgan(Garnett 72), Hancock(Smith 45), Wilson, Wademan, Storrie, Sub not used. Jacomb. WHITCHURCH ALPORT F.C. Read, Marley, Ledwards, McNichol, Everall C. ,Thomas(Minshall 77), Hughes, Twigg(Tinsley D. 87), Everall S., Ashbrook, Blundell(Prince 87). Subs not used McClennon, Tinsley A.
Referee Mr. A Hussain. Assistants. Mr. C. Tonge and Mr. A. Smith.