The hallmarksecurityleague.com(NWCFL Div 1) 2016-17.
Saturday, December 7th 2016
SILSDEN AFC 1 v 2 SANDBACH UNITED FC Og. 89 Knight 72, Lane 79. Att.112.
KAINE OUTSTANDING BUT SANDBACH PUNISH ERRORS
The Cobbydalers, buoyed by three wins on the run, were hoping to make it four against seventh-placed Sandbach but, after a sterling defensive performance, they finally succumbed, the result of two errors at the back. The Cobbydalers had lost the away fixture in Sandbach two months ago in a match devoid of class and finesse, where there were numerous misplaced passes and poor positional play. This game was totally different with much to admire.
The Cobbydalers were without Nicky McNally and Danny Riley. Leon Smith came in to lead the attack and Connor Erangey returned after injury. The visitors had the bulk of the possession but they were thwarted by the Silsden defence which had undergone a transformation in the last month. Skipper Josh Kaine was outstanding, reading the game with such maturity, timing his tackles to perfection, intercepting through balls and setting up attacks with perceptive passes. His fellow defenders were almost as good. New right-back Robert Foulds has hardly made an error in the four games he has played. Sam Jacomb has grown in stature since the defensive coach arrived and Matty Moses has started to impose himself after a period where his performance had levelled off.
Sandbach moved the ball well but neither side could break down their opponents early on, the best chance coming from a Sandbach corner, which was headed over the bar by Josh Lane. Two minutes later, on seventeen minutes, Mark Trueman chipped a ball over the United defence. Smith latched on to it and hit a low shot which was saved by Ryan Moss. A cross from Kyle Hancock found Erangey but he was crowded out before he could get a shot in.
The visitors were moving the ball forwards with some neat one touch football and movement off the ball but Kaine and his men were their match. Callum Jacovlevs made two superb saves from the visitors’ forwards but he was denied the accolades as, on both occasions, the offside flag was raised. Silsden had a let off ten minutes from the break. Sandbach had broken down the left and, with Foulds left isolated, the ball was crossed into the goal area, Jacovlevs managing to parry it. Derryn Ofori had an empty net, but, from a yard out, he sliced the ball wide.
Silsden managed to test the visitors more in the second half with Josh Eastwood making some powerful runs. There was some neat passing and possession football. Kyle Hancock was pulling the strings but the closest the Cobbydalers got to a goal was when Storrie hit a cross-field ball to Smith who got to the byline to drive in a low cross. Unfortunately neither Erangey nor Hancock could get a touch on it.
Finally the opener came, the result of a defensive error. Kaine, Jacomb and Foulds were trying to play the ball out from the back. Unfortunately Jacomb under-hit a pass and Aaron KNIGHT slid the ball home. The same thing happens to a £50million-pound “defender” in the Premier League! Jacomb will learn. The visitors were cock-a-hoop and eight minutes later they scored a second from a cross from the right. Aaron Knight was free on the penalty spot. Jacovlevs rushed off his line to punch the ball clear but he hesitated, leaving KNIGHT an easy header which looped over the Silsden keeper.
With eighteen minutes left the visitors tried to take the sting out of the game. The Cobbydalers strove to pull a goal back. Finally they got one back a minute from time, when Kris Stockton deflected Smith’s cross into the back of the net. Silsden fought hard but the visitors held out.
The Cobbydalers were disappointed with the result but, for many of the fans, this had been strong performance against a team which, the fans said, had been the best seen so far this season.
Next Saturday the Cobbydalers travel to Widnes.
SILSDEN AFC .Jacovlevs, Moses, Foulds (Henderson 81), Kaine, Jacomb, Trueman, Storrie, Eastwood, Smith, Hancock, Erangey. Subs not used Storton, Cox, Busfield, Forrest. SANDBACH UNITED FC. Moss, Pearson, Morgan, Cooper, Stockton, Riley, Hammond (Jackson 66), Jones (Taylor 82), Ofori (Mballo 74), Knight, Lane. Subs not used. Walton, Sutton. Referee Mr. C. Kershaw. Assistants. Mr.D.Halton and Mr. J. Reynolds