BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Silsden AFC v AFC Mansfield


The Cobbydalers are back in league action this Saturday at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium as we play hosts to AFC Mansfield. 

Danny Forrest’s men will be looking to kick on from their recent run of form, which has seen them pick up 7 points from their last 3 games which included two home wins and a “well deserved” point away from home against high flying Yorkshire Amateurs and keep moving up the league table. 


The Cobbydalers currently sit 13th in the league table and have picked up 29 points ( W8 D5 L11)from their 24 games played. The Visitors AFC Mansfield currently sit Two places below the Sils in 15th place and have picked up 24 points in their 23 games played and a win here would mean they gain ground on the Cobbydalers, they also sit One point outside of the bottom Three and have a game in hand on 18th placed Bottesford Town. 

Last time out the Cobbydalers drew 1-1 away from home to high flying Yorkshire Amateurs after a late Chris Wademan equaliser,meant that both sides came away with a point. AFC Mansfield picked up a 2-0 home win against bottom of the table Athersley Recreation. On paper the tie seems to be a very closely contested game, with both teams trying to pick up the eagerly anticipated three points and gain ground on the teams below them and move up the league table. 


AFC Mansfield’s talismanic striker Ross Duggan is this week’s one to watch player for the opponents. The 25 year old striker has been in fine form this season for AFC Mansfield,contributing 19 goals in 19 league appearances.He has also scored 33 goals in all competitions and currently sits as the leading goalscorer in the league. Duggan clearly knows where the goal is and the Sils back line will have to be in fine form to stop him getting a sniff of the goal. If the Cobbydalers can keep him quiet they may well fancy themselves to pick up three points. 


In the reverse fixture earlier in the season the points were shared in a 2-2 draw. AFC Mansfield went 2-0 up courtesy of goals from Ross Duggan just before half-time and Brandon Webster just 2 minutes after the restart.The Cobbydalers struck back 10 minutes later through Laurence Sorhaindo and then 4 minutes from time Mark Everingham made sure that the points were shared and the Sils went back to West Yorkshire with a point. 


When asked about the performance last time out against high flying Yorkshire Amateurs,manager Danny Forrest said:” we certainly deserved something from the game and were well worthy of a point” 

“I’m really happy because we were a bit out of confidence (after three defeats in a row). It has been an up and down season for us but now we’ve got some strong results and now it’s all about consistency” 

After the clash with Yorkshire Amateurs,the Cobbydalers have had a two week gap leading up to this weekend’s tie against AFC Mansfield after they had a free weekend, 

Danny Forrest said “ obviously last weekend was frustrating of course. Any manager or group of players on a good run would tell you that. The lads trained twice last week and did really well, but obviously they were preparing for a game a week on Saturday.” 

“It would have been nice to put what we’d done into practice at the weekend to keep up that momentum, but there is nothing we can do about it, hopefully we can put in a performance worthy of a result”. 

When asked about what the opposition may bring, it is with no doubt that the Sils will be doing everything they can to stop AFC Mansfield striker Ross Duggan, the striker has netted 19 goals in 19 league appearances, he also netted in the 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture earlier in the season,and Danny Forrest said: “Ross was good at their place. His physicality makes him a handful but he also has plenty of ability especially in front of goal.” 

“He likes to drop a shoulder to give himself half a yard. He’s not straightforward to face.”


As far as team news is concerned, Josh Brown may have to miss out through injury. The Sils will be hoping to have Chris Wademan back fit after his late equaliser against Yorkshire Amateurs after a minor knee problem. Goalkeeper Alfie Darke is in the later stages of his rehab and he will hopefully return to the fold in a few weeks. Danny Riley is out with a shoulder injury and Matty Moses is still ruled out after a serious knee injury earlier in the season. 

“Pay What You Like” In Honour Of Tom Marshall

The club can announce that our home game against AFC Mansfield this Saturday 22nd February will be a “Pay What You Like” event, with proceeds being donated to fundraising efforts for the family of former Silsden player Tom Marshall, who tragically lost his life late last year.

Tom was immensely popular within the local football community, and it’s hoped that this will ensure we can raise as much as possible, with the funds intended for Tom’s son, Bowie Marshall.

This gesture follows the incredible efforts of another former Silsden man, Joe Gaughan, who has so far raised over £7,000 by running 10k every day for 47 days. All proceeds from the game will support this initiative and be donated to Joe’s fundraising efforts.

You can donate by following this link –


FEATURE: Josh Kaine- “I Really Believe We’ve Got Something Good Going For Us”

Josh Kaine is a staple figure at Silsden AFC, having cemented himself as one of the first names of the team sheet at the heart of Danny Forrest‘s defence. At 27, he finds himself as one of the more senior members of the squad, and we thought we’d catch up Kaine to give us an insight into life as skipper at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium.
How long have you been at Silsden, and what’s persuaded you to stay on board? 
I played in the Under 21‘s for a few years before going to Oxenhope to get some experience playing men’s football and returned back to Silsden 3 years ago. The lads and the management have been a key factor to me still being here and enjoying it. It’s a really well run club with great facilities and I hope for many more years playing here.
What does it mean to be captain, and what does your role entail?
It’s something I’m still growing into and learning all the time, I wouldn’t say it came natural to me at first but I love it and it’s something I’m proud of. I suppose it’s making sure I lead the team and respect the clubs values on and off the pitch. I’m one of the most experienced players in the squad so it’s important I use that experience to help the team, I like to think I’m good at getting my arm round a player when needed and try to bring a positive attitude to training and match days.
Can you see your long term future at the club?
Yeah I’d like to think so, I’m really enjoying my time here and as long as the club/management want me, I don’t see me going anywhere soon, unless of course Man United spiral down the leagues and Ole wants me partnering Phil Jones at the back.
You played an integral part of the title winning side of 2017/2018. What are your hopes for this current squad going forward, given there’s been a bit of change of personnel?
We had a fantastic team the year we won the league, it had a bit everything. The togetherness, ability and mental strength was unreal. The current team has similar characteristics and I really believe we have something good going for us, we certainly have the togetherness and ability to do well, we just need to be mentally stronger and not let one bad result send us into a rut as it has a few times this season.
What is it about the club you love?
I just love how well the club is run and the people involved. From the players, management, fans and committee, you see playing every week just how much it’s means to so many people and the community, it’s just a great club to play for.
What have you been up too this weekend just passed, with some rare time off?
Nothing as exciting as Arley Barnes who was probably at church again. But I’ve just bought a house so I was dragged around every sofa shop in the area!



We take a break from league action tomorrow evening as we play hosts to NCEL
Division One outfit Nostell Miners WFC at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium.
The Cobbydalers picked up what was a “well earned point” said Manager Danny Forrest
on Saturday, against high flying Yorkshire Amateurs in the league and will hope his side
can can put in another spirited performance on Tuesday night and progress to the 5th
round of the NCEL League Cup by defeating the NCEL Division One outfit.

The Cobbydalers got to this stage of the competition by winning 3-2 away from home
against a very good Bridlington town side, with the goals coming from Matthias Britton,
Khurram Shazad and the weekends goalscorer Chris Wademan.

As for the visitors, Nostell were also 3-2 winners in the 3rd round and beat Harrogate
Railway Athletic after a late winner and will be hoping to try progress to the next round,
it is set up to be a very good game with both sides hoping to progress to the Quarter Finals.


After a big point picked up on the road against Yorkshire Amateurs on Saturday, the Sils
currently sit 13th in the NCEL Premier Division, the Sils have also picked up 7 points
from 9 in the last 3 games and will come into the game feeling confident after the good
run they are currently on, they have also won their last 2 home games. As for the
visitors, Nostell are currently 11th in the NCEL Division One and last time out they drew
1-1 at home to Dronfield Town. Nostell come into the game off the back of 2 draws and
and a defeat from their 3 previous league outings, and a break from league action could
pave the way for them to try get back to winning ways, with the visit to the Cobbydale
Construction Stadium, and a place in the NCEL League Cup Quarter Final at stake.


When asked about the result at the weekend and after picking up some decent results
as of late, Manager Danny Forrest said “From our point of view it’s a case of more of the
same, the attitude has been brilliant and we’ve seen a real togetherness which has
earned us some decent results”

On the thought of having a cup run, Manager Danny Forrest also said “we’d love a
good cup run just as much as any other team, so we’ll be doing all we can to try and
progress to the next round.”

When asked about the availability of players available for selection, Manager Danny
Forrest said “unfortunately we’re missing Myles Foley and Connor Thompson as they
are cup tied, but it just opens up a chance for somebody else to stake a claim and give
the staff some selection headaches.”

Manager Danny Forrest also emphasised on the crowds his team have been pulling in
this season and said, “the crowds have been decent all season and we hope it’s the
same on Tuesday night, as it’s really appreciated by all the players and staff when the
local community is behind the team.”

Kick off is at 7.45PM, Danny and the rest of the players and staff
would really appreciate the support, entry prices are as follows:

£6 Adults
£3 Concessions

Yorkshire Amateur 1-1 Silsden AFC

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-2020

Saturday Feb 8th 2020.


  Fogarty 66.                  Wademan 83.   Att. 74.


          The Cobbydalers travelled to the Southerns  Stadium, on Saturday, for their return fixture against The Ammers, who stood third in the table at the start of play. Silsden had lost the home game to the Ammers in September five-nil. In fact the Ammers away record is the best in the league, winning ten and drawing one of their eleven games. At home their record is won three, drawn four and lost four!

          The Ammers were first on the attack putting Silsden under pressure but it was the Cobbydalers who went closest to opening their account. It was a superb counter attack. Left back Connor Thomson  broke up the left and exchanged passes with Lawrence Sorhaindo before the ball was slid to Arley Barnes. Barnes hit an excellent volley but it was just wide of the far post.

          The Cobbydalers thought they had taken the lead on ten minutes when Liam Hudson set up Dan Illingworth who headed home. However the whistle went for an infringement. A minute later Sorhaindo headed on to Jake Taylor, who saw his powerful shot well saved by Edward Wilcznski.

          The Ammers broke swiftly and Silsden were fortunate that Leon Henry’s header bounced onto the cross bar. Silsden responded with another attack but the Ammers countered immediately, Roy Fogarty’s header clearing the crossbar.

          Josh Kaine was then called into the action making a superb block on Aiden Savoury’s thunderbolt. The skipper was injured but recovered quickly to clear Priestley’s dangerous cross, with Savoury poised to open the scoring.

          At the other end, Sorhaindo headed Illingworth’s throw-in wide but he was always a threat, just failing to net when Shazad Khurram, after a deceiving dip of the shoulder had caused panic, set him up. With ten minutes of the half left, Thomson won the ball near the Silsden by-line before bursting up the left. He was upended but the fee-kick was cleared.           Both sides had chances in the dying minutes, Higginson saving at Savoury’s feet after a corner had been swung in and then Sorhaindo burst through at the other end before shooting just wide of the far post.

          If the first half hadn’t been pulsating enough,  the second started with the home side battering the Silsden goal as if storm “Ciara” had arrived twelve hours early! Kane was booked for a late challenge as the Ammers bombarded the Silsden goal. Illingworth blocked close range efforts from Savoury and Blackie before Higginson, somehow, managed to get a strong hand on Stephen Close range effort. Phew!

          Silsden gradually settled, counter attacking down the flank, but the home side were in the ascendancy. Fogarty shot over before Kaine broke up another attack. Silsden withstood the pressure and countered but both Sorhaindo, after a thirty yard break, and Miles Foley saw their efforts comfortably saved and Taylor shot wide after a fine run from Barnes.

          The pressure eventually told when a corner was swung in. Dempsey’s scissors kick rattled the bar and FOGGARTY volleyed home from close range. Silsden almost levelled immediately after a swift attack led to a corner. Instead of swinging it into the box, Khurram laid it back to Connor Thompson but the full back’s shot cleared the bar.

          Luke Hudson then cleared up after Thomson had been beaten before a curling free-kick from Khurram shaved the outside of the Ammers post. Higginson was then in the action again tipping Fogarty’s shot over the bar and then saving a header from Savoury at the near post.

          Chris WADEMAN, who had come on for Taylor, soon latched onto a through ball outpacing two defenders before netting the equaliser seventeen minutes from time. He was mauled to the floor by his team-mates. Silsden still had work to do to deny the home side but Wademan, after winning a corner, almost scored a second after Wilcznski had dropped Illingworth’s header. Unfortunately his effort was cleared off the goal line.

          Two more saves by Higginson made sure that the points were shared. It had been a pulsating game and further evidence that the Cobbydalers are gelling together well.

          Tuesdays’ game, at home to Nostell Miners Welfare looks in doubt,  leaving the Cobbydalers without a game until Feb 22nd when they entertain AFC Mansfield. This match will be a “Pay-What- You-Want” game, the profits going to charity in honour of the late Tom Marshall.

YORKSHIRE AMATEUR.  Wilcznski,  Fishley (Smith 63), Henry, Daley, Dempsey, Field, Crawford, Blakey (Moke 63), Savoury, Fogarty (Sykes 77), Priestley. Sub not used. Brice.

SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Foley, Thomson, Kaine, Illingworth, Liam Hudson, Barnes, Mitchell, Sorhaindo, Shazad (Luke Hudson 82), Taylor (Wademan 70). Subs not used. McKiernon, Everingham, Britton.

Referee. Mr. M. Coles.  Assistants. Mr A. Williams and Mr. E. Shiers.

Silsden AFC 2-0 Handsworth FC

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-2020

Saturday, 1st February. 2020.


Sorhaindo 48, Taylor 87.                   Att.124


          For the third time in a week the Cobbydalers’ home game was played in a gale. Fortunately the home side managed it well despite not scoring with the wind in their “favour”? Indeed their second half performance showed how it was easier to play against the elements.

          The wind and rain in the first half saw the home side on the attack from the start with young Connor Thompson breaking down the left and crossing into the Ambers’ box in the third minute. The ball was cleared for a corner which caught on the wind, a fate which saw the end of the next two attacks.

          Handsworth’s first sortie forwards almost led to a goal, mainly due to a back pass which Ben Higginson just cleared as Luke Rawson was breaking forwards. Harry Mitchell, the Ambers’ play maker, was driving his team forwards. Marley Grant broke up the left and crossed to Rawson who fired into the side netting.

          Lawrence Sorhaindo then set Matthias Britton free down the left but the “lack of a left foot” forced the wide man to cut back and the chance was lost. Thomson then broke down the right. His cross was cleared for a corner. It was headed out to Lawrence Sorhaindo, on the left, but his curling shot lacked enough pace to beat Ben Townsend in the Handsworth goal.

          On seventeen minutes Khurram Shazad hit a rising drive which Townsend did well to tip over, before Shazad slid the ball through to Britton, who fired over the bar. Liam Hudson was then off target after more good work from Shazad before Arley Barnes, at full stretch, just failed to reach Sorhaindo’s through ball.

          Hudson was slow to react to a break from the Ambers but Kaine came to the rescue on two occasions to snuff out the danger midway through the half. Sorhaindo’s powerful run down the left ended with a superb cross into the Handsworth box but there was no support from his teammates.

          With ten minutes of the half left, Silsden pushed harder. Barnes set up Hudson who couldn’t get enough power on his shot. Handsworth were dominating possession with Harry Mitchell in the thick of it but, in the final minutes, Josh Dacre blocked a shot from Shazad. Illingworth headed over and Townsend denied both Barnes and Shazad with fine saves to ensure that his team had kept a clean sheet.

          The visitors might have expected to dominate the second half but the Cobbydalers took control with a high back line and some slick passing and possession. Foley went on a run to the by-line in the opening minutes. He crossed to Barnes who shot low. The wind just took it off target but Luke Hudson, on for Britton, just failed to get a touch on it. However, a minute later, Silsden took the lead with SORHAINDO slipping the ball past Townsend after a powerful run.

          Handsworth failed to master Silsden’s high defensive line with several balls reaching the Silsden keeper on the wind or going out of play. Sorhaindo had another chance in the visitor’s goal area but his shot was weak before Shazad went close and Joe Mitchell’s effort was well saved. Indeed, Silsden began to create more chances. A powerful fifty-yard run by Shazad was halted on the edge of the Handsworth box before Barnes released Mitchell, whose shot cleared the bar.

          At the other end Liam Hudson broke up a dangerous attack whilst Kaine ended a slick move involving five Handsworth players. But it was the Cobbydalers who looked more dangerous. Three minutes after coming on as a substitute, Jake Taylor outpaced the Ambers’ defence only to shot over the bar…like Mitchell’s effort, getting caught on the wind.

          Silsden might have rued not netting a second but Anthony Mackie’s free-kick, on the edge of the penalty area sailed over the bar and Higginson made a fine save to deny Harry Mitchell. The Cobbydalers should have made it two when Taylor and Shazad broke clear to the edge of the area. With only the keeper to beat they wasted the golden opportunity.

          With ten minutes left Danny Riley came on for Shazad. He epitomised Silsden’s resolve chasing back to his own goal area to deny Handsworth. It was like the “ALAMO”. Illingworth was magnificent in defence, Liam Hudson headed clear, Joe Mitchell blocked a low shot.  TAYLOR was back to deny the visitors another chance before running through the visitor’s defence to seal the victory with a slick shot.

          Illingworth blocked one more effort and Ehsan Mohammed shot over in stoppage time. Six points  from two games lifted Silsden up the table but just as important was the fighting spirit shown by the team.

          On Saturday Silsden travel to Yorkshire Amateurs before a making a trip to Nostell Miners Welfare: mid-table in League One: on the following Tuesday, in the League cup.         

SILSDEN AFC.  Higginson, Foley, Thompson, Kaine, Illingworth, Liam Hudson, Barnes, Joe Mitchell, Sorhaindo (Taylor 67), Shazad, Britton (Luke Hudson 45). Subs not used. Everingham, McKiernon.

HANDSWORTH AFC. Townsend, Mackie, Eagle, Harry Mitchell (Phillips 81), Varley, Dacre, Hobson, Mohammed (Etaia 70), Rawson, Osborne, Grant (Walton 53). Subs not used Chappell, Seth.

Referee. Mr. L. Hibble.   Assistants. Mr. G. Hock and Mr. A. Murphy

FEATURE | Pete Hanson, The Man Under The Hat.

If you’ve made the trip to the Cobbydale Construction Stadium over the years, without a doubt you’ll have seen the friendly familiar face of Pete Hanson on site, often on the turnstile offering a welcome smile in a Silsden AFC bobble hat. Pete is a staple in within Silsden AFC’s committee, and together they ensure the running of the club is comparable to clockwork. We thought we’d put some questions to Pete, and get to know the man himself, and an insight into life on the committee.


Do you want to tell us a little bit about how long you’ve been associated with the club Peter, and what your role has entailed over the years?

I’ve been associated with the club since 1980, where initially I used to play. I joined the committee a few years later in 1985. There were only three of us at the time!

Our initial aim was to get as many junior teams set up as possible. We managed to achieve this, and set up base on Keighley Road, where the Cobbydale Construction Stadium currently lies. I then took a role as a youth coach, where I had the Under 12’s right through til they became Under 17’s. We won the cup and league double five seasons on the trot. Probably the most successful team in junior football … (Pete included a “lol” at this point during the interview)

In 1996 the club opted to reform a Saturday league team. I still played a part on the junior committee and opted to join the newly formed Saturday Senior Committee.

This team was initially managed by Andy Geary, with his assistants Paul Schofield and Mick Hook. It’s fair to say that since 1996 Silsden AFC have made their mark in the history books. We won promotion in five consecutive seasons to become champions of the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division in 2002-2003.

The highlight of this era was, without doubt, our three consecutive wins of the West Riding County Cup in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

I have continued to be on the committee from the early years up to the present day, mainly as Secretary, then as General Secretary. I also had a hand in overseeing the development of the Sports Club at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium, alongside most of our current football club committee.

All this hard work culminated in us receiving a £1m grant from the National Lottery and Football Foundation to build our new Sports Club. The football club had to find nearly £100,000, which we did by holding many Sportsman’s Dinners, fundraising evenings and receiving donations over the previous 6-8 years.  The Sports Club finally opened in 2009 and I was privileged to accept the position of the first ever Chairman of Silsden Sports Club. I held this position until handing over to the present chairman, John Lohan, two years later. I then became Secretary of the Sports Club as well as continuing as General Secretary of the football club. These positions I still hold today!

What made you want to get involved with Silsden?

 I felt compelled to get involved having seen that the junior teams did not have very many facilities or changing rooms where they played, this was behind the old fire station in Silsden. Our small committee put it as a major priority to improve the facilities, which we finally did. I also had my eldest son starting to show interest in football, so the progression from player to manager of the junior teams was inevitable.


What is it that’s made you compelled to stay on for so long?

A very difficult question to answer! Knowing that the club had so many requirements was probably the overall factor. The gradual progression in strength of the committee from humble beginnings is a big factor. Also the friendships created, and the hardworking ethic of this committee is a major factor in me staying on board.

How do you think the club has developed over your time?

From getting changed in either an old Air Raid Shelter building or port-a-cabin’s in the early days down here at Keighley Road, through to the fantastic facilities we now have highlights to me that we have progressed pretty well! But this hasn’t come without very hard work by all involved at this great club. The development has not finished yet as they are plans to develop further in years to come.

Are there any specific players in the squad that you enjoy watching?

To be honest I enjoy watching most of the current squad. The players always seem to give 100%, even when they may be not playing as well as they could.

What do you get up to in your spare time?

 Not too much spare time for me. I work four days and on the fifth day I usually look after my grandson.

Weekends in the off season I spend with my wife (who unfortunately is not in the best of health) usually travelling, gardening, holidaying etc. We do like also to follow our two granddaughters who are big into dancing and we often go watch them in competitions.

What local footballers would you say you’ve admired over the years?

I have quite a few favourites, mostly from the years between 2000-2008. To name a few:

Matthew and Martin Bland, Dale Hoyle, Jimmy Hedges, Michael Rosser, Martin Fougler, Gavin Finn, Adam Reed, Gary Lund were great players. Older players I played with were Harry Rose, Mick Tillotson, Andy Geary, Graeme Fretwell, Ernie and Colin Guest.

More recently the likes of James Nettleton, Kevin Ryan, James Gill, Martin Packer, Josh Kaine, Danny Illingworth, Joe Gaughan, Arley Barnes and quite a few others.

I probably have missed a few off these list, so apologies if this was the case!

What would you say makes Silsden AFC unique from other football clubs?

A few things make a good club. I think for starters the management of Danny, Craig and coaches are second to none at this level. Also the attitude of players is always a sign of a good club. Both these factors are good, at the moment, at Silsden AFC; but one should never be satisfied and should always aim higher.

Silsden AFC 2-0 Athersley Rec

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-2020

Tuesday 28th January 2020.


  Foley 72, Sorhaindo 81.                                                         Att. 82.


          Silsden entertained Athersley Recreation at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium on Tuesday. After a day of heavy rain showers, it looked as if there might have been another postponement but the surface was fine. Once again a strong wind from the west was the main problem for the teams.

          Athersley prop up the table, having only won 2 and drawn 3 of their first 21 games. However, after a dreadful start to the season, they have improved if not so much in points at least in the manner of defeats. In their first eight games, which were all lost, the goal count was, scored 2, conceded 48. In their ninth game they won 3-2 at Bottesford Town. After 21 league games their present goal difference is minus 59.

          After a run of four defeats it was important that the Cobbydalers picked up some points against the league’s bottom team. Still without several first choice players, Danny Forrest re-signed Mark Trueman to add some experience to the team and gave under 18’s player, Connor Thompson his debut at left back.

          The visitors played “with the wind” in the first half but, with the long ball catching on the wind, it wasn’t much of an advantage. The “Penguins” had the first attack but the first chance came to Silsden after Thompson crossed but Josh McKiernon headed over.

          Dan Illingworth then slid the ball to Laurence Sorhaindo. His first touch saw him break forwards but he was halted by a defender. Athersley then wasted two opportunities, misreading the strength of the wind.

          Silsden tried to open up the visitor’s defence and to maintain possession but neither McKiernon nor Danny Riley could get enough power on their shots. A counter attack followed but super defending by Kaine denied the visitors.

          Both teams tried to master the conditions but too often the wind won. When Silsden were under pressure Kaine was supreme at the back and Trueman cleared up in mid-field with composure, nothing flashy, just skillful reading of the game, taking the sting out of attacks and maintaining possession.

          The security at the back seemed to strengthen the front men`s resolve with Sorhaindo testing defenders on several occasions with his quick footwork and McKiernon moving into good positions.

          With five minutes left before the break Athersley broke forward in a four-man move, with Amon Salmons crossing to Ben Walker who headed over. Left back Gregg Kidd hit a screamer but the bounce and the wind took it wide of the target. In the final minute of the half Sorhaindo skipped past two defenders in the visitor’s box before being denied by a superb tackle from Jack Shepard.

          Silsden were soon on the attack after the interval.  Sorhaindo  broke forward  before being denied again. Barnes had a shot saved and Riley another, which was cleared for a corner. A number of skirmishes led to several bookings (handbags basically) before Shane Kelsey took things further and was dismissed. Finally, the opener came with Trueman’s corner being headed home by right back Miles FOLEY.

          A mention here must be made of the young left back Connor Thompson who had won the corner. With Mark Everingham’s injury, Silsden had struggled to find a full back who would support the attack as well as giving them another option. Thompson started off the move which eventually led to Silsden’s second goal, fully deserved, by SORHIANDO on 83 minutes. Athersley did make a last effort to pull a goal back but there was Kaine to clear the ball.

          A vital win for the Cobbydalers, who entertain Handsworth on Saturday. The Ambers are one point below Silsden, having played five games fewer.

SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Foley, Thompson, Kaine, Illingworth, Trueman, Barnes, Mitchell, Sorhaindo, McKiernon (Luke Hudson 64), Riley (Britton 64). Subs not used. Bentham, Forrest, Fairlie.

ATHERSLEY RECREATION F.C. Snaith, Briscoe, Birks, Miller, Shepherd, Bucknall, Purcell (O’Connor 88), Walker (O’Brien), Kelsey, Swinburn, Salmons. Subs. not used. Hutchinson, Wordsworth, Slater.

Referee. Mr. J. Waters.    Assistants. Mr. R. Coller-Booth and Mr. G. Greaves

Silsden AFC 0-2 Knaresborough Town

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-2020

Saturday Jan 25th 2020.


Att. 267.                       Anderson 29, Heath 74.


          A bumper crowd were at the Cobbydalers Construction Stadium to celebrate all the work done for the club by the recently deceased John McNulty. The programme had memories about John, a Liverpool fan,  and the players came onto the field to “You’ll never walk alone” before a minute’s applause took place.

          Once again the Cobbydalers were without key players as they failed again to score against a team below them in the table. Their home record now reads 3 wins, 1 draw and 5 defeats, goals for 14 (7 of which were in one game) and goals against 19.

          Knaresborough were soon on the attack breaking down the left.  Silsden conceded three free kicks in the opening five minutes, Jack Carr wasting one but Rob Youhill hit a dangerous one across the Silsden goal area but no teammate could get a touch on it.  Youhill was a constant threat down the right sending over another dangerous cross before Silsden’s first attack.

          Luke Hudson hit a ball up the left to Matthias Britton who cut across the goal before seeing his shot blocked. Back came Town with Dan Illingworth heading clear at the expense of a corner. Some neat football between Jack Powis, Youhill and Jack Carr led to nought before Colin Heath had a shot blocked.

          Riley shot over the bar as he slipped, after good work from Britton. Knaresborough again broke down the left and Hudson was fortunate not to receive a caution for his fourth foul in the opening quarter. However Youhill swung over the free-kick and Greg ANDERSON headed in the opener on twenty-nine minutes.

          Knaresborough’s defence were not averse to breaking up play with some heavy tackles, which went unpunished, Riley coming in for most of them. At the other end Higginson parried Jack Carr’s effort. Silsden’s Britton cut in and forced a fine save from Dom Smith with five minutes left of the half before Mitchell set him up again but he was closed down.

          As the half came to an end, Lawrence Sorhaindo slid the ball to Riley who brought a fine save from Smith. Chances came at both ends, Illingworth and Hill struggling to clear a cross, Knaresborough failing to take advantage. At the other end, Riley shot wide stretching to reach Britton’s cross.

          It was easy to see why both sides are struggling near the bottom of the table, as too many passes went astray and half chances were squandered. Mitchell set up Britton for a header but the keeper gathered easily.

          Forrest came on to try to add a spark to proceedings but Town’s back line  of five were closing down quickly.  They almost netted a second but Carrs’ free-kick bounced on the Silsden crossbar. Four minutes later the visitors took total control, Colin HEATH powerfully heading a second from a Youhill’s free-kick.

          There was a late response from the Cobbydalers with Forrest setting up substitute Luke Hudson, whose shot hit the side netting. Barnes and Illingworth, up for a corner, were denied by Smith before Luke Hudson hit the side netting in stoppage time.

          The recent defeats have left the players lacking in confidence. With two more home games in the week, Forrest will be praying for the speedy recovery of his injured players but also a response from the rest of the players, who need to be more proactive in both defence and attack.

          On Tuesday Silsden entertain fourteenth placed Handsworth.

SILSDEN AFC Higginson, Foley, Liam Hudson, Barnes, Illingworth, Hill, Taylor(Forrest 66), Mitchell, Sorhaindo, Riley(Fox 76), Britton( Luke Hudson).Not used Thompson, McKiernon

KNARESBOROUGH Town FC. Smith, Powis, Kidd, Thirkell, Anderson, Cook, Youhill, Parkes, Heath, Carr, Milson. Subs used. Walker 65, Donoghue 65, Bromley 77). Not used. Dugdale.

Referee. Mr. M. Bacon.  Assistants.  Mr. C.  Brown and Mr. S. Wright.

The John Mcnulty Memorial Match


Saturday, 25th January 2020 at the


Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division.


          The Cobbydalers’ home League game on Saturday will a celebration of the long service given by the recently deceased JOHN EDWARD McNULTY who passed away on December 24th after a short illness. John and his family have long associations with the club with his son Sean now The Clubs’ Chairman.

          John was born in a gypsy caravan in Worth Village in 1941, one of seven children. John himself played rugby league as a youngster although his father had played for Stoke City before the war. John’s father was in Malaysia in World War Two where he developed malaria.

          It was John’s marriage to Sandra Mitchell , a mill worker in Silsden which brought him to “Cobbydale” where the couple married in 1962. She lived in a back-to-back house in Aire View but the married couple first lived in Woodside Road before moving to Gloucester Avenue. John worked initially as a drayman, then at Attersley Foundry and then Fletchers Mill but he was best known in Silsden, in his later years, as the man who kept the streets in pristine condition

          Sean was born in 1964. John was a massive Liverpool fan but, when Sean was four, he wanted a Man. United kit for Christmas. A red shirt was bought and Sean’s mother stitched “7” on the back of it, the number of George Best! Sean’s brother, Jason, was born 1950 and as they grew up     the lads began to get involved in football, Sean making his debut for Steeton Juniors at the age of 14 before playing for Cobbydalers at 18 in The Craven League.

          When John retired at 60, he then got involved with the Cobbydalers where Jason played as well. Sean and Anne’s sons Danny, Andy and Josh and Jason and Michelle’s sons, Matthew and Joe, all played at Silsden in their teens. While his sons were playing, John was often put “in charge of the boys”.  On one occasion Sean was playing but the lads were not in sight. Eventually John, who had been watching the game, found them stuck in the top of a tree. He eventually managed to coax them down. At another game the boys disappeared again. There was no sign of them. Sean, the keeper, had to leave the pitch. (In the days before substitutes someone else had to go in the goals whilst Sean searched for his sons!) He eventually found them, locked in a car boot of a Ford Escort! John enjoyed the game! Sean returned to his goal area!

          However, John took the lads everywhere on Saturdays and Sundays, watching them progress from the juniors to the seniors.  His grandsons have played in the County Amateur League and the North West Counties and are now involved with Silsden Whitestar. They all related interesting stories of their granddad at his funeral.

          Just as John had looked over Silsden when he was working, he took enormous pride in his role as the groundsman at Silsden. His pitches were immaculate although he did have some battles getting rid of moles, and sometime youngsters playing in the goalmouths! One look from John and all was sorted! Sean has now taken over the pitches and takes as much pride of them as his dad.      

          John’s funeral was held in St. James Church on January 10th. Sean read a poem and Jason, Danny, Andy and Josh all gave interesting and humorous stories about their dad and grandad, some of which included quips about Man United.

          Perhaps John will have the last laugh! His coffin was carried out by his sons and grandsons to “You’ll never walk alone”. He might be looking down from heaven with a giant smile “if” Liverpool win the title!

          The match on Saturday will be a “pay-what-you-want” event when everyone at the club can “Thank John Mac” for his services to the Cobbydalers.