Thehallmarksecurityleague.com NWCFL Division One 2016-
SILSDEN AFC 1 v 2 STOCKPORT TOWN
McNally 34 Halfacre 58, 88. Att. 96
SERIOUS INJURIES END SEASON FOR STORRIE AND HANCOCK
After two outstanding performances against promotion chasing Charnock Richard and Whitchurch Alport, the Cobbydalers returned to the Cobbydale Construction Stadium to face a Stockport Town side who snatched all three points in the dying minutes of the reverse fixture, in late January, with only ten men. Once again the Lions took all three points with another late winner, after Silsden had dominated the opening half, although the Cobbydalers were weakened when Kyle Hancock tore a hamstring in the opening half and Will Storrie broke a leg following a two-footed challenge which went unpunished by the referee. Both are likely to miss the final games.
The Cobbydalers were on the offensive from the start with Nicky McNally seeing his early volley saved by Fielding. Chris Wademan then pressurised the Lions defence but Kyle Hancock fired the loose ball over the bar. Silsden forced a corner. Wademan took it and Dan Illingworth rattled the visitors’ bar with a powerful header.
Lewis Fielding was the busier keeper, denying McNally outside his area, then, after some classy football, Wademan miss-hit his effort. Stockport’s Lee Constantine was spreading the ball about but it was Silsden who looked more dangerous. Storrie shot wide and then Storrie was denied by a great block by Daryll Grant. Josh Eastwood went close but the Cobbydalers final pass let them down in a period in which they dominated possession.
Illingworth headed wide from a corner midway through the half then he headed goalwards, only to see his effort cleared off the line. After a superb through ball from Eastwood was interrupted, the Lions played some neat possession football without actually achieving much. But it was the Cobbydalers who took the lead on thirty-four minutes when McNALLY slotted home, after the ball fell to him following a block tackle. Kyle Hancock was injured in the build-up and replaced by Mark Trueman.
The goal was no less than Silsden deserved and the visitors finally woke up as an attacking force, only a superb tackle by Moses denying the Lions an equaliser. The heavens opened making the surface greasy and turning difficult as Stockport twice went close, both Tom Bane and Aaron Dwyer shooting over the bar.
Defending became even more tricky in the second half. Josh Kaine’s superb block denied the visitors, after some slick passing, whilst at the other end Storrie saw his effort cleared off the line by Adam Stubbs. The visitors had three corners in succession with both Moses and Kaine clearing close-range efforts.
The game changed with the substitution of big Ben Halfacre. Although the surface favoured shorter players, HALFACRE netted the equaliser after Lee Constantine had broken through on the left. He almost netted a second moments later as Silsden’s dominance of the first half dissipated. Jacovlevs saved Jude Obyio’s thunderbolt before Silsden managed to get into their opponents half. On sixty-five minutes they were awarded a free kick outside the Lions area. Trueman’s shot rattled the bar and the Lions were saved again.
Danny Vincent cleared off his own line before Ben Cox replaced McNally, then Storrie was escorted off to be replaced by Aaron Davis. Silsden were still searching for the winner and twice more Stubbs cleared off the line from Bunch. Fielding saved from Eastwood.
It looked like the contest would end in a draw but, two minutes from time, Moses allowed HALFACRE to turn in the Silsden area and fire home his second. Silsden pushed for the equaliser and, after a scramble in the Lions’ goal area, the ball fell to Wademan. He scuffed his shot wide and the final whistle went.
It had been a highly entertaining game. Silsden had had some bad luck but Coach Matt McNeill was disappointed after the recent performances and highlighted the poor decision-making at times. Of more concern are the injuries to Storrie and Hancock.
On Saturday Silsden travel to league leaders Litherland REMYCA, who beat the Cobbydalers in March by the odd goal.Next Wednesday the Silsden outfit make the two and half hour journey to Eccleshall before the reverse fixture on the following Saturday.
SILSDEN AFC Jacovlevs, Moses, Vincent, Kaine, Illingworth, Hancock(Trueman 37), Storrie(Davis 75), Eastwood, McNally(Cox 71), Wademan, Bunch. Subs not used. Henderson, Storton. STOCKPORT SPORTS. F.C.Fielding, Grant, Miranda, Sunderland, Stubbs ,Pritchard, Obiyo( Bennion 71), Constantine, Hinchcliffe(Simpson 89), Bane(Halfacre 53), Dwyer. Sub. not used Whiting.
Referee. Mr. A. Brown. Assistants. Mr. C. Veighey and Mr. P. Hewitson.