The Hallmark Security Football League 2016-17 Division 1 Reusch Cup 2nd
Saturday November 5th 2016
HOLKER OLD BOYS 3 v 1 SILSDEN AFC
Stanway 10, Lightfoot 13, Riley 90. Swarbrick (pen) 65 Att. 43
Danny Forrest’s first game as the manager of the Cobbydalers should have resulted in his team progressing comfortably into the third round of the Division One Cup but the Holker Old Boys’ keeper, Jaroslaw Bitner, had other ideas. Bitner made a string of fine saves to deny the Cobbydalers forwards.
Before the game Forrest highlighted that his main priority would be to tighten up the defence. The manager wasn’t helped by the loss of Lewis Morgan (illness) and the fact that he was starting with a new back four.
Unfortunately the Cobbydalers, who have had only one clean sheet this season, were soon two down, the damage being done by left winger John STANWAY. He opened the scoring on ten minutes, having cut inside Matty Moses before beating Callum Jacovlevs at the near post. At the other end, Bitner saved from Will Storrie who had been put through by Josh McNulty.
Moses managed to take the pace off another effort from Stanway, Jacovlevs saving at the second attempt, before the home side doubled their lead on the thirteenth minute, Stanway delivering the ball along the byline for Sam LIGHTFOOT to scramble it home.
Whilst the home side were facing a low winter sun, the Cobbydalers defence had the added problem of playing with the sun at their backs before turning suddenly into the blinding light. On the attack Josh Eastwood saw a free-kick deflected to the keeper and Connor Erangey fired over the bar.
Dave Swarbrick missed a good chance at the other end, before Leon Smith broke onto a through ball from McNulty, but shot over, with the keeper beaten. Silsden began to dominate the possession. Erangey shot over and Bitner saved well at his near post from Smith. Storrie went close in the dying seconds of the half but Silsden went in two down.
The sun dropped below the horizon making life easier for both teams. Smith was beginning to find space but, having reached the edge of the Holker area, his shot lacked enough power to beat Bitner. Josh Kane saw his header deflected for a corner which McNulty swung over. Smith hit the ball low to the keeper’s right but he managed to parry it to safety. The keeper then saved a low drive from McNulty.
Nicky McNally, who came on for the out-of-sorts Ross Wilson, was soon in the action, but was denied by the excellent Philip Coombe. Kaine was his equal, halting Sam Joel. Silsden, who were pushing forwards, began to leave gaps at the back and Holker exploited the space with a long ball to Lightfoot. The forward was upended by Jacovlevs and SWARBRICK netted the spot kick. (His last goal against the Cobbydalers came 12 years ago at Cougar Park in a thrilling FA Cup replay in front of 525 fans!).
Three-nil down, but the game wasn’t over. Eastwood fed McNulty on the left. The ball was crossed to Smith who saw his shot rebound off the near post. Storrie crossed to McNally, Bitner pushed the shot for a corner. McNally should have netted when he latched onto a misplaced back pass but Bitner managed to slice the ball clear.
Danny Riley and Michael Garnett came on for McNulty and Storrie. Riley was unlucky to find the keeper when he swivelled and hit a powerful volley, before he set up a chance for McNally who sliced his effort wide. McNally broke through twice more, being halted by the keeper. On another day he might have had a hat-trick. Garnett headed to the keeper before nodding another cross into the path of RILEY who notched a consolation goal.
Forrest was philosophical about the defeat but the quicker he can tighten up at the back the better. It’s not just the back four, its collective defending!
On Tuesday the Cobbydalers entertain Armthorpe Miners Welfare in the WRCFA Cup….the winners have a mouth-watering tie away at the Shay to play Halifax Town.
HOLKER OLD BOYS. Bitner, Cowan (Mellen 78), Smith, Coombe, Bonner, Watkin (Hodgson78), Pattinson, Joel, Lightfoot (Heffernan 68), Swarbrick, Stanway Sub not used Liddicott.
SILSDEN AFC. Jacovlevs, Moses, Paraskeva, Kaine, Jacomb, Erangey, Storrie (Garnett 72), Eastwood, Smith, McNulty (Riley 72), Wilson (McNally 67).
Sub not used. Foulds.
Referee. Mr. Z. Bamber.
Assistants. Mr. K. Wright. And Mr. J.Ollett.