The hallmarksecurityleague.com (NWCFL Div 1) 2016-17.
Saturday, January 28th 2017
STOCKPORT TOWN 2 v 1 SILSDEN AFC
Stubbs 33, Grant 87. Illingworth 75
WASTED CHANCES SEE COBBYDALERS SLIP-UP AGAIN
The Cobbydalers conceded the winner in the 87thminute of a game which they might have won, if they had only converted more of the chances they created. Stockport Sports took the lead, against the run of play, after thirty-three minutes but the Cobbydalers equalised fifteen minutes from the final whistle. The focus of the game changed when Stockport’s Tyler Devlin was shown the red card twenty minutes from time. Manager Danny Forrest replaced Luke Taylor and pushed new signing Dan Illingworth up front. Unfortunately the gamble back-fired and the ten men broke away to notch a late winner.
Following the sending off, Forrest came on and he immediately put the ball in the visitors net, only to be ruled offside. The player/manager then laid the ball off to ILLINGWORTH who levelled the scores. After the game, Forrest admitted that the game changed when the Lions (a reference to the lion rampant on the club’s badge) were a man down. “In retrospect I might have been better to leave the defence alone and either settlefor a point or hope we might put one of our chances in.”
The Cobbydalers were without Matty Moses and Will Storrie but new signings, Illingworth and Danny Bunch, were given their debuts. “I am still trying to strengthen the squad in order to get the right balance.”said Forrest. “Dan Illingworth is a strong centre back signed from Brighouse. He was released by Bradford City at the age of sixteen. He's a presence and a bit of a leader, and he's got all the ingredients to be a good centre back at this level, I've tracked him for a while now after seeing him in various development squad games. There were a lot of clubs interested, including Glossop (Brighouse wouldn't let him go to a divisional rival) so it's a real coup in my opinion.”
“Danny Bunch is an attacking midfield player, also signed from Brighouse Town. Previous clubs include Selby Town and Farsley Celtic. His spell at Selby a few years ago was arguably his most successful period in football where he scored over 15 goals from attacking midfield. This earned him a move to Farsley where it didn't quite work out and he has been at Brighouse Town ever since.”
With the NWCFL Premier Division matches all falling foul of the weather, Stockport had the advantage of a G4 surface. Silsden dominated the opening exchanges. Illingworth headed down to Kyle Hancock in the third minute but he shot wide. Hancock then fed McNally who misjudged the bounce and totally missed his kick. McNally skyed another chance, shooting over before Hancock set up Bunch who just missed the target. Trueman’s effort, from twenty five yards,cleared the bar.
A long shot from forty yards out was the Lions first effort of note but Callum Jacovlevs saved easily before The Cobbydalers resumed their onslaught. Bunch saw a low shot cleared for a corner then Daniel Whiting, in the home goal, denied both Illingworth and Josh Kaine. Josh Kaine broke up a slick breakaway by the Lions midway through the half before Stockport opened their account. Captain Adam STUBBS rose unchallenged to head home at the far post.
Silsden response was immediate. McNally broke through from the right and shot powerfully but Whiting saved low to his left. Wademan set up another chance, with a low cross, but McNally couldn’t get a touch on the ball. The half ended with Jacovlevs saving from Omar Mbowe followed by Ezequiel Miranda shooting over.
Kaine kept Silsden in the game at the start of the second half, eventually clearing after a goalmouth scramble before Silsden’s Luke Taylor, in the clear at the far post, blasted a cross over the bar from three yards out after good interplay between McNally and Wademan. Trueman then hit a free-kick into the Stockport “wall” before the home side began to open up the Silsden defence. Charlie Holt made a crunching tackle after Kaine had fluffed a clearance.
A superb mazy dibble by Conor Downes ended with a miskick and the Hancock cleared the bar with a speculative shot. Illingworth headed over before the Lions were reduced to ten men. Enter Forrest. Silsden equalised and went for the winner but it was the Mancunians who began to run at the Yorkshiremen’s defence. A superb run and cross from Aaron Dwyer only needed a touch from Cameron Darkwah. He failed but Stubbs almost notched Stockport’s second only to be denied by Jacovlevs. Three minutes from time GRANT followed up Stubb’s header to seal the victory.
Next Saturday the Cobbydalers face fourth placed Alsager Town, who are hoping for an immediate return to the Premier League.
STOCKPORT SPORTS. Whiting, Grant, Miranda, Downes, Devlin, Stubbs, Hurst (Dwyer 66), Mbowe(Oyibo 21), Halfacre, Darkwah (Bennion 80) Subs not used Fielding, Murphy. SILSDEN AFC. Jacovlevs, Holt, Vincent, Kaine, Illingworth, Trueman, Taylor (Forrest 66), Bunch, McNally, Wademan, Hancock. Subs not used. Jacomb, Cox, Foulds. Referee Mr. D. Critchlow. Assistants. Mr. A. Waring and Mr. A. Lorimer.