Saturday's Match Report;
The hallmarksecurityleague.com (NWCFL Div 1) 2016-17.
Saturday, February 11th 2017
ST. HELENS TOWN 2 v 6 SILSDEN AFC
Gillespie 1, Rigby 63, Storrie 12, 20,
Att. 42 Hancock 58,
SIX OF THE BEST FOR RAMPANT COBBYDALERS
The Cobbydalers were forced to make two changes, with Chris Wademan coming in for the injured McNally, who failed a fitness test an hour before the game, and Storrie returning. With Trueman being unavailable, Danny Bunch assumed a midfield role.
Buoyed by last Saturday’s victory against Alsager, the Cobbydalers travelled to The Ashton United Stadium to play St. Helens Town, who are still awaiting the completion of their new ground in St. Helens itself. The start didn’t go quite to plan with Town scoring the opener on 59 seconds, Andrew GILLESPIE rising unchallenged to head home a free-kick from ten yards out. Town had won their previous three games!
Town, playing down the slope, created another chance on five minutes when Whelan’s powerful shot was parried clear by Callum Jacovlevs. Gradually the Cobbydalers settled, with Luke Taylor bursting onto a pass from Bunch, and driving the ball across the face of the Town goal. Taylor, who had been playing on the left in his three previous games looked much more comfortable on the right and he was to go on and have his best game to date, tracking back, driving forwards and looking very comfortable on the ball.
Storrie, on the left, saw a shot charged down into the path of Kyle Hancock, who brought a fine save from Adam Fairchild, before Town’s Luke Edwards fired just wide of Jacovlevs far post, having burst down the left. The Silsden defence settled with Dan Illingworth dominating in the air and Josh Kane clearing up at the back. A superb though ball from Taylor found Wademan who broke clear on the right before sliding the ball across the Town goal area to STORRIE, who chipped the ball over Fairchild for the equaliser.
Ten minutes later, in a copy-cat move, Wademan tormented the defence before setting up STORRIE for his second. The pace of WADEMAN was troubling the home defence and the Silsden striker made it three two minutes later, latching onto a through ball from Kyle Hancock before curling it wide of the keeper. Hancock failed to get a clean contact after another break away but the midfielder brought another save from the Town keeper when he followed up on to the rebound.
The Silsden defence just managed to deny St. Helens a second but the Town defence had no answer to Wademan, who broke through yet again crossing to Danny Vincent, who shot a foot wide of the far post.
With the advantage of the slope in the second half, the Cobbydalers sought a fourth but Illingworth’s header from a corner was cleared, at the second attempt by the Town defence. Storrie, seeking his hat-trick, hit the bar with a deft chip and then curled another effort wide, before St. Helens exerted some pressure at the other end. However a strong header from Illingworth found HANCOCK who weaved his way through the Town defence before rounding the home keeper to make it 4-1.
Storrie might have earned a penalty before Town hit the Silsden bar. Stephen RIGBY volleyed the rebound home before Wademan went off injured. Ben Cox, his replacement, who has been rather starved of game time, gave Danny Forest a cameo of his all-round game. A superb tackle halted Edward Peglar’s run, then a dip of the shoulder saw him burst through and shoot, the home keeper doing well to parry the ball wide.
Skipper Josh Kane, injured early in the game, eventually had to be substituted and on came Matty Moses, having recovered from his recent operation. Academy player Aaron DAVIS replaced Taylor and immediately scored the fifth, latching onto a through ball from Hancock to make it five. COX topped his fine display with number six in stoppage time.
Assistant Manager, Matt McNeil said after the game, “It’s beginning to come together. Danny and I have been looking for consistency in both performance and effort. We saw the signs of that last week but today all fourteen players played their part. It was excellent. We have a tough game away at second placed City of Liverpool FC next week. It will be tough but we can go there with confidence.”
ST.HELENS TOWN AFC .Fairchild, Presho, Rigby, Webster, Donohue (D. Whelan 71), A. Whelan, Korie-Butler (Brady 81), Dodd (Duleavy 82), Andrew Gillespie, Pegler, Rigby. Subs not used Alex Gillespie, Carney.
SILSDEN AFC. Jacovlevs, Holt, Vincent, Kaine (Moses77), Illingworth, Bunch, Storrie, Eastwood, Taylor (Davis 82), Wademan (Cox 64), Hancock. Subs not used. Foulds.
Referee. Mr. P.Simm. Assistants. Mr. P. Ellison and Mr. W. Campbell