The hallmarksecurityleague.com NWCFL Division One 2016-17. Saturday, March 25th 2017
WHITCHURCH ALPORT 0 v 1 SILSDEN AFC McNally 45. Att. 238
SUPER-MAC’S STUNNER ROCKS THIRD PLACED WHITCHURCH
On Saturday Silsden travelled to Whitchurch Alport, who sat third in the league at the start of the day. A win for the home side could have propelled them into an automatic promotion spot. However, it was the Cobbydalers who deservedly came away with three points.It was an even first half in which there were few chances. Only once in the half did the home side test Callum Jacovlevs when the Silsden keeper dived to push Mike Blundell’s free-kick past the post. That proved to be the only significant action from the Silsden guardian, in a match where the defence, spearheaded by captain Josh Kaine and the influential Dan Illingworth, remained stubborn against a front four who were clearly confident and displayed some very clever movement and link up play.
Silsden gradually grew into the game as the home side became frustrated at the lack of goal-scoring opportunities. The Yorkshiremen took the lead with the last action of the first half. In a quick break, in which the Cobbydalers covered ground quickly between both boxes, Will Storrie cut in from the left hand side and played an intelligent ball through to Nicky McNALLY, who took a touch and finished expertly into the corner from 18 yards.
The goal left Whitchurch managers Luke Goddard and Carl Everall with a completely different half-time team talk and stunned the 238 supporters who had arrived at the ground hopeful of watching their side record a third straight league win. A motivational speaker had addressed the home team and staff the night before the game, but, oddly enough, despite the sports psychologist’s best efforts, the side looked strangely subdued throughout the 90 minutes both individually and collectively.
It was more of the same in the second half as Silsden continued to frustrate Whitchurch, keeping their shape and discipline excellently. Will Storrie, who took a significant knock in the build up to the goal was replaced by new boy Mark Everingham who signed from Brighouse Town on deadline day. Silsden’s counter attacking created four chances to kill the game. The first one fell to Nicky McNally whose header crashed against the crossbar from a Ben Cox corner. Next it was Chris Wademan's turn to lay siege on the Whitchurch goal. Good build play from Josh Eastwood and McNally set Wademan free. Just as it looked as though he had guided the ball in to the net, the goalkeeper managed to claw the ball from behind him and keep it out.
Kyle Hancock, who replaced a tiring Ben Cox, played a big part in two more openings which saw McNally and Danny Bunch both wriggle through into “one on one” situations but both times the ball was screwed wide.
Whitchurch pressed for an equaliser in the final minutes but were denied by some heroic blocks by Illingworth. Silsden were compact at the back and nullified any threat Alport carried. The lack of goals for the hosts meant that the Cobbydalers kept back to back clean sheets for first time this season.
WHITCHURCH ALPORT Read, Marley, Ledwards, C. Everall, Thomas, Goddard, Blundell, Twigg, S. Everall, Whalley, Ashbrook. Subs Webster, Johnson, McNichol, James ,Dodd.
SILSDEN AFC. Jakovlevs, Moses, Vincent, Kaine (c),Illingworth, Cox(Hancock 65), Storrie( Everingham 50), Eastwood, McNally, Wademan(Davis 75), Bunch. Subs not used: Storton, Forrest.