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Atherton LR 0-1 Silsden AFC

The hallmarksecurityleague.com(NWCFL Div 1) 2016-17.

Saturday, December 31st 2016

                   ATHERTON L R  0 V 1 SILSDEN AFC                                                                                         Eastwood  40        Att.53        

The Cobbydalers travelled to Atherton trying to finish the year on a high note. They did so, thanks to a penalty save by Callum Jacovlevs, a goal from Josh Eastwood and an excellent defensive performance. Crilly Park hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for the Reds, with its slope and a heavy surface but the result has lifted the Cobbydalers to 16th with games in hand on all but two of the teams above them .  

          Atherton played with the slope in their favour in the first half and on fifteen minutes Beck Murray headed a free-kick over the bar. Two minutes later they could have taken the lead when Sam Jacomb miscued a clearance to Alex Guest who shot wide.  Jacomb pulled back Adam Owens on twenty minutes and a spot kick was awarded. Fortunately for Silsden, Owens hit the penalty too near to Jacovlevs, who pushed it for a corner. 

          The save lifted the Cobbydalers who started to take control in the middle of the  pitch with Mark Trueman pulling the strings. Twice he sent Josh Eastwood free, on one occasion Eastwood’s shot was saved then later Eastwood crossed the ball to Tom Henderson who hit the ball across the keeper but there was no support. Trueman went close with a shot from twenty five yards before EASTWOOD put the Cobbydalers in front on 40 minutes, after Louis Murray,  the Atherton Keeper, had parried  shots  from Eastwood and Henderson. Silsden almost went two up immediately when  Henderson latched on to a through ball from Connor Erangey.

          Silsden should have scored more goals in the second half which they dominated. Josh Kaine was a rock at the heart of the defence but it was Daniel Vincent, at right back, who provided a master class, cool when defending and threatening when attacking down the right. Despite creating chances the Cobbydalers couldn’t get the decisive goal. Will Storrie shot over following a mazy dribble and then Erangey had a shot saved.

          Atherton thought they had equalised from a corner on sixty-five minutes but the linesman’s flag was raised as the ball had curled out of play before the goal was scored. Vincent sent Storrie free on the right but the ball was driven too near the keeper with substitute Nicky McNally waiting to pull the trigger. Further efforts from Storrie and McNally were saved as the Cobbydalers played out time in the bottom corners of the pitch.

          Manager Danny Forrest was delighted with three points and especially the clean sheet. Hopefully the reds can start the New Year with a win against Prestwich Heys at home on Saturday before travelling to Tadcaster on Tuesday night in the West Riding County Cup Quarter Finals.

ATHERTON  LABURNUM  ROVERS. Murray, Welch, Headlam, Lawrence, Clarkson, Parkinson, Guest, Perkins (Grimes 71), Owens, Suleiman, Murray Kale 50). Subs not used.  Shambare, McMullen.                                                                            SILSDEN AFC Jacovlevs, Vincent, Erangey, Kaine, Jacomb, Trueman, Storrie, Eastwood, Henderson (McNally 73), Hancock, Hillhouse (Foulds 70). Subs not used. Busfield, Cox, Storton.

Referee. Mr .B. Moosa.   Assistants. Mr. R. Woodcock  and Mr. M.  Moaa.

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