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1st Dec 16
Silsden AFC 3-1 FC Halifax Town
Cobbydalers Make It A Double Cup Success

The WEST RIDING COUNTY CUP 2016-17 Round 3.

Wednesday, December 30th 2016.

          SILSDEN AFC  3 v 1 F.C. HALIFAX TOWN                            Storrie 50, Hancock 60, O.g.              Cham 11.           Att.112

      COBBYDALERS MAKE IT A DOUBLE CUP SUCCESS

          Following the victory over 1874 Northwich  in the League Cup on Saturday, the Cobbydalers were hoping to progress in the West Riding County Cup against Vauxhall Conference outfit Halifax Town. With a game last night in the F.A. Trophy, Town’s team was made up of players from the Under 18’s and Under 21s. The Silsden side have several players in the same age bracket, although they were without the influential Connor Erangey and Leon Smith, both injured.

          The visitors were soon on the attack with both Elliott Harrison and Shiraz Khan getting the better of the Silsden defenders down the right. However Silsden’s keeper Callum Jacovlevs managed to gather two dangerous crosses. Halifax’s pace and swift passing soon led to the opening goal,   Ousman CHAM netting  after  Liam Healey had reached the byline.

          Silsden were forced to defend for much of the half with their forwards isolated and feeding off the odd long ball, although Will Storrie went close with a dipping shot after he had cut in from the left. 

          Midway through the half Isaac Baldwin burst down the left and fizzed a cross into the Silsden goal area. Harrison was inches away from notching a second goal. For a long period The Shaymen dominated possession but there was no end product as Silsden were tenacious at the back.  In the final five minutes of the half Kyle Hancock’s low cross just evaded Storrie, before the two players combined again, Will Storrie putting Hancock’s cross over the visitors net. It mattered not a jot as the assistant’s flag was raised for offside. 

          The second half was a total contrast with the Cobbydalers soon in the ascendancy. Five minutes into the half McNally cut in from the left. The ball was fed to STORRIE who netted from the edge of the goal area.  McNally got through a minute later but keeper Kyle Trenerry managed to save with his feet.

          Silsden were rampant with Danny Riley bursting down the right, cutting onto his left foot before Reece Kendall managed to block his shot. McNally went close with a volley whilst at the other end Shiraz Khan’s mazy run ended with a weak shot. HANCOCK put the Cobbydalers ahead on sixty minutes with a dipping free kick from twenty five yards out and three minutes later a superb ball from Matty Moses to Storrie opened up the Shaymen’s defence. Storey crossed and BALDWIN could only turn the ball into his own net.

          Ross Wilson, back from injury, replaced McNally. Immediately he had a golden chance but rustiness meant the opportunity went begging. Silsden’s back four and midfield got behind the ball and the visitors were reduced to shooting from distance. Josh Kane and Sam Jacomb closed the door and Robert Foulds had another solid game. Josh Eastwood and Ben Cox (in for Erangey) worked tirelessly in the midfield.

          Silsden ran down the clock as the Shaymen got frustrated with their opponents killing time near the corner flag. Two wins on the trot with only one goal conceded. The confidence is growing.

          After the match manager, Danny Forrest was asked about the  change in mood after half time. “We said nothing! Some of the lads were frustrated about the first half performance and they sorted things out themselves! All the hard work had been done on the training ground”.

          The Cobbydalers will travel to Tadcaster Albion or Yorkshire Amateurs  in the quarter finals in the week ending January 7th 2017. On Saturday its back to league action with a trip to AFC Blackpool.

SILSDEN AFC. Jacovlevs, Foulds(Narey 89), Moses, Kaine, Jacomb,  Cox( Busfield 79), Storrie, Eastwood, McNally(Wilson 67), Hancock, Riley. Subs not used. Thorpe, Storton.                                                                             F. C. HALIFAX. Trenerry, Barrows, Baldwin, Thompson, Hone(Sunderland 45), Kendall, Khan, Healey, Harrison, Basic(Swain 76), Cham(Swales 64), Sub. not used. Debenham.

Referee Mr. M. Sowerby.                                                                        Assistants. Mr. J. Price and Mr. D. Bradley

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