The hallmarksecurityleague.com(NWCFL Div 1) 2016-17.
Saturday, January 21st 2017
SILSDEN AFC 1 v 4 WIDNES FC
Hancock 53 Lomax 1, Towey 36,
Edwards 70, Webb 86. Att.79
COBBYDALERS FAIL TO RECOVER FROM EARLY GOAL
The Cobbydalers pressed the self-destruction button in the opening minutes, gifting Widnes the opener and making it very difficult to win against, arguably, the best team they have played this season. (In the corresponding fixture Silsden were already 4-1 down when the match was abandoned due to fog). The visitors drilled a through ball for William Webb to chase but Callum Jacovlevs, the Silsden keeper, called for the ball intending to kick it clear from just outside the penalty area. Defender Sam Jacobs got in the keeper’s way and the ball fell to Chris LOMAX who slid it into the empty net.
The injury list had eased a little with Kyle Hancock returning, but it was case of 50-50 for Mark Trueman. Caution was the word. Manager Danny Forrest brought in new signings Charlie Holt, a former Burnley apprentice who had been playing for Nelson, and Keighley lad Luke Taylor who had been playing for Sandbach.
Back to the game. Following the early setback the Cobbydalers settled, with neither side creating clear chances until twenty minutes when Holt broke down the right to set up Josh Eastwood, whose shot was deflected for a corner. Three minutes later, Nicky McNally hit the post, having run onto a through ball from Holt.
Although the visitors had had more of the possession, the game was anyone’s but a superbly timed run from Kevin TOWEY onto a through ball, saw the striker slide the ball under Jacovlevs to make it two-nil. A free-kick swung in from Michael Burke reached Steven Akrigg at the far post but Jacovlevs saved low to his right before the half-time whistle went.
Widnes were soon on the attack at the start of the second half, Lomax shooting just wide. The Cobbydalers responded with a break down the right. Hancock, by far Silsden’s best player, released Leon Smith, who drove the ball into the area. McNally reached it but his snap-shot was deflected for a corner. Three minutes later McNally set up Wademan who cut inside two defenders, only to see his shot saved by Owen Wheeler. Silsden finally got on the score sheet when HANCOCK’s free kick, following a cynical block by Akrigg, was deflected past Wheeler on fifty three minutes.
The Cobbydalers were visibly lifted and the visitors were rattled. Wademan, set up by McNally, was thwarted by Wheeler but Widnes were always a threat on the break and Sam Sheen, latching onto another deft pass from Towey, hit Jacovlevs’ near post. At the other end Leon Smith volleyed McNally’s header over the bar.
Jacovlevs saved Graham’s superb volley but Silsden, pushing forwards, were always vulnerable and finally Widnes got a vital third. The goal illustrated the beautiful game with the ball moved swiftly on the ground between four players with Luke EDWARDS adding the final touch. Unfortunately the haranguing of the match referee showed their darker side, totally unnecessary from such a talented outfit!
Lomax brought another fine save from Jacovlevs before William WEBB ended the game four minutes from time, finishing off another superb move.
Forrest knew it would be a tough game with a full-side but he still saw positives. “The introduction of so many new teams to the league has made it more competitive and with more games, the risk of injuries increases. We have had a bad run of them in the last month and it will take time for new players to settle. We are working on team shape a lot and I am pleased with our progress but we still have to be realistic.”
Next Saturday the Cobbydalers travel to Stockport Sports.
SILSDEN AFC Jacovlevs, Holt, Vincent, Kaine, Jacomb, Taylor, Smith, Eastwood (Cox 90), McNally (Henderson 80), Wademan, Hancock. Subs not used. Storton, Foulds, Pocock. WIDNES FC Wheeler, Hand, Humphreys, Edwards, Burke, Akrigg, Towey (Freeman 87), Sheen (Brady 90), Webb (McDowell 87), Graham, Lomax. Subs not used. Harkness, Mitchell.
Referee. Mr. A. Sawicz. Assistants Mr. D. Sanders and Mr. J. Richards