The hallmarksecurityleague.com NWCFL Division One 2016-17. Wednesday, April 5th 2017
ECCLESHALL F.C. 2 v 4 SILSDEN AFC
Skellern 64, 65. Kaine 31, Vincent 48 Henderson89, McNally 90. Att. 31.
KAINE’S EXORCET SETS UP VICTORY FOR COBBYDALERS
The Cobbydalers made the long trek to Pershall Park to face relegation-threatened Eccleshall on Wednesday evening.
It was only Silsden’s second visit to ground, the first being on April 25th. 2005. The Cobbydalers, in their first season in the North West Counties, had just lost to promotion-rivals Winsford 4-1. To gain promotion they needed to win their last seven games. Next up was Eccleshall. Goals from Michael Rosser and Tom Appleby set the Cobbydalers on an incredible run to end up as runners-up to Cammell Laird.
Following their victory over league leaders Litherland REMYCA on Saturday, the Yorkshire side hoped to continue their push up the table. Although the hosts had lost seven on the bounce before a three-three draw against Daisy Hill, they weren’t a pushover and defended as if their existence depended upon it.
The Cobbydalers were without Storrie, Hancock, Trueman, Bunch and Eastwood and Danny Forrest brought in Aaron Davis while Mark Everingham continued on the left. The Staffordshire side were led by the experienced Lee Skellern, who had proved a threat to Silsden before.
A mix-up between Dan Illingworth and Callum Jacovlevs almost gifted the home side the lead in the second minute, before Silsden began to push the ball about. Everingham weaved his way to the by-line and crossed low into the Eccleshall area, where the ball was headed clear. Then Vincent threaded to ball to Wademan, who rounded to keeper but shot agonising wide.
Everingham was having a field-day on the left, testing the keeper with a rasping drive but, generally, there were too many long balls. On a rare break, Eccleshall’s Callum Whitaker shot over from thirty-yards out but, midway through the half, Everingham and Wademan both saw shots cleared off the goal line. Finally Silsden took the lead through Josh Kaine. Silsden were pressing and another cross was headed out. KAINE, who was twenty-five yards out, on the right, hit a thunderous volley which dipped under the bar. “The goal of season”! …..unless another Cobbydaler produces a moment sheer magic!
Just before the break a wonderful move involving Vincent, Illingworth and McNally ended with the former hitting a shot over the bar and then Everingham hit a dipping volley which shook the bar.
At one nil the game was still anyone’s but three minutes into the second half Silsden scored a second. The outstanding VINCENT had already burst down the left, exchanged passes with Cox, before shooting narrowly wide, before he notched a superb goal with a rising drive. At two- nil Silsden looked comfortable but they took their foot off the gas and Jepson shot over the Silsden bar, after good work by Norford.
Silsden had been warned. They still created chances; Everingham found the keeper’s midriff with one effort and Moses made a burst down the left before shooting. The ball was cleared up the field with Silsden stretched. SKELLERN netted a goal back on sixty-four minutes. A minute later the new boy netted a second with a cross shot from a narrow angle.
The game opened up like two heavyweights slugging it out with neither putting up a guard. Moses, with a couple of one-twos, burst down the right and drove in a sublime cross. It was cleared. Wademan hit a fantastic volley which was acrobatically blocked by a defender but Silsden were living a charmed life at the back. More composure in front of goal by the home side could easily have resulted in a third for them.
Danny Forrest replaced Davis. Silsden still searched for the winner. The home defence tired and McNally’s pace took him in the penalty area. Bould managed to parry the shot but HENDERSON was on hand to tap it home. One minute to go, McNally was on the move again. This time the keeper won the battle, saving at the expense of a corner. Stoppage time! McNALLY finally netted to make it seem like a comfortable victory.
It certainly wasn’t. Matt McNeill said. “At two-nil up, we should have shut up shop and defended, playing on the break. Throwing caution to the wind was the last thing we needed. Bottom or top of the League, get men behind the ball. We have enough good players to counter attack. From two-one up we could have lost this game. Whether you beat the top team or second bottom it’s still three points for a win. I hope we have got the message.”
On Saturday the Cobbydalers entertain Eccleshall at home before travelling to Widnes on Tuesday night to replay the match called off by fog.
ECCLESHALL F.C. Bould, Dyer, Bradbury, Dent, Beech, Johnson (Downie 11), Whittaker (Booth 59), Shelley, Skellern (Wildman 88), Jepson, Norford. Subs. not used. Bennion, Mighten. SILSDEN AFC. Jacovlevs, Moses, Vincent, Kaine, Illingworth, Cox, Henderson, Davis (Forrest 78), McNally, Wademan, Everingham. Sub not used Storton.
Referee. Mr. A. Perkin . Assistants. Mrs. K. McEvoy. Mr. G. Eaton.