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24th Apr 17
ALSAGER TOWN 2-1 SILSDEN AFC
IT JUST WASN’T SILSDEN’S DAY

    The hallmarksecurityleague.com   NWCFL Division One 2016-17.                                                    Saturday, April 22nd 2017  

ALSAGER TOWN 2 v 1 SILSDEN AFC                                                      Taylor 10,  Lennon 22.                        McNally 90             Att. 67

IT JUST WASN’T SILSDEN’S DAY

          The Cobbydalers travelled to seventh-placed Alsager on the penultimate Saturday of the season hoping to continue their recent form. Both sides had something to play for. The Bullets, after a recent run of six defeats followed by a victory over Oswestry Town, were hoping to make the top six in order to reach the play offs. They needed to win their last three games and hope teams above them failed. The Cobbydalers were hoping to keep ahead of Stockport Sports, in tenth place, in order to secure a spot in next season’s F.A. Cup competition.

          Danny Forrest made one change. With Mark Trueman unavailable, he brought in Ben Cox.  The pitch was bone hard and uneven and made quick control difficult, especially for the Yorkshire men with their passing game. It suited the Bullets’ more direct approach.

          After a slow start to the game, Silsden’s first attack ended with Danny Vincent’s cross clearing the bar and then Danny Illingworth denied leading scorer Mark Grice with his body strength. Matty Moses conceded a corner after ten minutes and centre back Paul TAYLOR rose above the Silsden defence to head home. 

          Both Ben Cox and Josh Eastwood had shots from outside the penalty area but neither tested the home keeper before Alsager scored a second. The Bullets hit a long ball towards the Silsden goal. Josh Kaine tried to head it back to Callum Jacovlevs.  Michael LENNON managed to get there before the Silsden keeper to make it two.

          Mark Everingham was injured shortly afterwards and was replaced by Aaron Davis. This was followed by a period of Silden’s domination of the ball but an inability to breach the packed home defence. 

          On forty minutes a long throw-in from Illingworth bounced twice and appeared to get a slight touch from a Silsden player before it went into the Bullet’s net. The referee blew for a goal but, whilst running back to the centre-circle, changed his decision to a goal kick and said there had been a foul on the keeper! Two minutes later Grice got hold of Josh Eastwood’s throat and threw him to the ground. Red card?  After three minutes trying to sort things out, the official showed Grice a yellow card! 

          At the start of the second half the Cobbydalers laid siege on the Bullet’s penalty box. Danny Bunch burst into the box, feeding Tom Henderson, who saw his shot tipped round the post by Joe Mellor. Henderson then shot wide after a deft header from Wademan.  Cox’s low shot was saved then Lennon managed to deflect Illingworth’s header over the bar. 

          Alsager had weathered the early onslaught and gradually managed to set up the odd breakaway but the Cobbydalers were still pressing. They had a shout for a penalty after Stubbs tripped Eastwood. Eastwood later burst into the area but his shot was too near the home keeper. 

          Dave Harry, at the back, was just about managing to keep the defence solid before Eastwood again burst into the penalty area. As Danny Vincent was running into the box, Kyle Stubbs threw a punch, which sent the Silsden midfielder crashing to the ground. The spectators from both sides expected a red card and a penalty for the visitors. The referee consulted with his assistant, who had his flag raised. Finally, the referee cautioned Stubbs and gave Silsden a free kick on the edge of the Alsager penalty area “for an earlier offence”!

          Silsden still pushed for a goal. Danny Bunch was in the clear six yards out, but his shot bounced over the bar. McNally flicked a header over the bar, Silsden were stretched at the back and substitute Kapend, almost made it three nil on the break. Jacovlevs managed to clear the danger and then Kaine broke up another break away. 

          The Bullets brought on two substitutes in injury time when Nicky McNALLY finally netted for the Reds. To rub salt in their wounds, Stockport Town won and moved above the Reds. You know when it’s not your day!

ALSAGER TOWN FC. Mellor (Fletcher 90), Minton, Stubbs, Harry, Taylor, Holmes, Glover, Bowden, Grice, Lennon (Bourne 90), Attrell (Kapend)

SILSDEN AFC Jacovlevs, Moses, Vincent, Kaine, Illingworth, Cox (McNally 64), Henderson (Forrest 76), Eastwood, Bunch, Wademan, Everingham (Davis 28).

Referee. Mr. A. Hodgkinson.                                                              Assistants. Mr. P. Baulcombe, Mr R. Firmstone.

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