Silsden AFC 0-3 Barton Town

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-20
Saturday 11th January 2020


Att. 186.     Richardson 9, Burdett 43, North 62.



          The Cobbydaler were playing their first home game since November 16th , having had their only home match in that period postponed. With a spirited performance last time out at promotion hopefuls Hemsworth M.W., they were hoping to cheer up the divisions’ largest crowd of the day.

          In the last fortnight  manager Forrest had lost right-back  Jay Benn who has been offered an 18 month contract at Halifax AFC (with the Cobbydalers best wishes), Aidan Kirby who has joined Campion, Mark Everingham for a month with hamstring problems and Dan Illingworth, who is hoping to be fit for next Saturday. In the meantime Forrest has signed 20 year old Myles Foley who had had a spell at Ossett United, and Dan Hill, who has returned after trying his luck at Hyde United.

          In the reverse fixture in September the Cobbydalers had lost 3-0 and also lost the services of keeper Alfie Darke, who is still receiving treatment.

          Silsden, who were playing against a very strong wind in the first half, almost took an early lead. Matthias Britton received the ball from the kick-off and threaded it through to Lawrence Sorhaindo. The striker broke forwards and slid the ball to Britton who was halted on the edge of the Barton penalty area.

          The visitors responded immediately with Ellis Barkworth breaking down the right flank and crossing into the Silsden box. Waide Fairhurst rose above the defence to head powerfully but Ben Higginson, in the Silsden goal, denied him with a superb save. Some neat two-touch football saw the Cobbydalers advance forwards but the ball was cleared up the field. Hinchliffe broke down the left and crossed into the box. Jack RICHARDSON head home the opener on nine minutes. 

          Silsden were then fortunate not to concede a second when an in-swinging corner bounced on the Silsden crossbar. The Barton skipper was then injured and had to be substituted before Ben Hinchcliffe blasted over from eight yards out.

          Silsden broke  clear with Sorhaindo getting to the edge of the Barton box on the right. Keeper Sam Riches advanced but Sorhaindo slid the ball across to the unmarked Britton. The winger had time to kill the ball and slip it into the net. Unfortunately his shot cleared the crossbar of the unguarded goal!

          As the wind increased, the pattern of play became fragmented.  Liam Hudson tried to set up one attack before Sorhaindo sent Khurram Shazad through, but he had strayed a tad offside. Khurram then sent Sorhaindo through but Riches was swiftly off his line to block the striker’s effort.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Danny North fired over the Silsden bar having been set up by Barkworth. It had been a golden opportunity to take a two goal lead which would have made it hard for the Cobbydalers to come back.       However the visitors did make it two, two minutes before the break. Left back Neil BURDETT broke down the left and squeezed past Kaine on the goal line before driving home from a narrow angle. Sorhaindo did his best to pull a goal back before the break but was denied by Matty Plummer.

          The second-half! The wind strengthened, the rain came down horizontally, control was difficult  for the attackers who overhit too many passes or gave defenders too much time to get behind the ball.  Joe Mitchell worked tirelessly in midfield but the forwards couldn’t master the conditions. Chris Wademan came on for the ineffective Shazzad, neither player being able to match their best, and McKiernon replaced Jake Taylor.

          Mitchell set up Sorhaindo whose effort was blocked by the keeper before Barton broke forward.  Chris Salt drove the ball forwards. No Silsden player spotted the danger and substitute Danny NORTH slid in a third on sixty –two minutes.

          Mitchell and Barnes worked hard to set up attacks, but only Sorhaindo offered any kind of threat, the keeper denying him on two occasions. Josh Brown went close in the dying minutes and Riches tipped a Sorhaindo header over the bar.

          Forrest was disappointed with the result but also with the lack of intensity of some of his players. Barton managed the dreadful conditions much better than the Cobbydalers!

SILSDEN AFC Higginson, Foley, Hudson (Fox 73), Kaine, Brown, Barnes, Taylor (McKiernon 57), Mitchell, Sorhaindo, Shazad (Wademan 57), Britton. Subs not used. Bentham, Hill.

BARTON TOWN Riches, Barkworth, Burdett, Salt, Hare, Plummer, Milison (Cooper 74), Disley (North 18), Fairhurst, Hinchcliffe (Rogerson 82), Richardson.

Referee. Mr. W. Davis. Assistants. Mr. A. Soneye and Mr. D. Burton.

FEATURE: Forrest Gives Squad Update

Danny Forrest has provided an insight into the Silsden camp. The manager has discussed how recent additions to the squad have had an impact, and how the youth set-up could yet play a part in the success of The Cobbydalers.
“The squad has gone through some minor personnel changes but there’s still a great atmosphere around the place during the week at training. We’re hoping to secure one more in the next week or so but on the whole I’m delighted with what we have. We’ve yet to see the best of the likes of Chris Wademan and Josh Mckiernon this season who can both have a huge impact once they get to full fitness. Young Robbie Fox is emerging with some impressive performances from the bench and in the U23’s where we have some extremely talented players. We’re in good shape.
I’d also like to place on record our thanks to Aidan Kirby who recently departed for Campion and was brilliant during his time with us.”
Forrest also gave an injury update on the current players who are sidelined at the moment:
Matty Moses and Alfie Darke remain sidelined and continue their recovery from long term injuries. Matty is waiting for an op on his problematic knee injury so it’s hard to put a timescale on his return. It’s better news for Alfie as he’s out of his brace and we can step up his rehab programme but it’s still going to be a while before we see him back on the pitch.
Mark Everingham suffered hamstring damage in training last week which means we’ll be without him for around 4 weeks.
Finally, Dan Illingworth picked up an ankle niggle in training this week but we’re hopeful it’ll clear up quickly, he’s probably 50/50 for the Barton game.”

PLAYER FEATURE: Matthias Britton – “I Want To Repay Forrest’s Faith”.

Matthias Britton is not a name many will be too familiar with around the Cobbydale Construction Stadium at present, but this could well change in the coming months. The recent departure of Aidan Kirby to Campion has left a hole in the centre-forward department for Danny Forrest, but it seems he already has a trick up his sleeve.
22-year-old Britton featured for Farsely Celtic last campaign, and Forrest has been an admirer since the youngsters impressive pre-season performance against The Cobbydalers back in 2018. Forrest eventually got his man, and after some required rehab from injury taking up the majority of his time, it seems the youngster is ready to repay the faith.
Britton made his first competitive start for Silsden back in November, and bagged, in a thrilling 3-2 victory away at Bridlington Town in the League Cup. After an extensive period out through injury, he was eased into the first team set-up. He returned to the fold in the away trip to Thackley in December, where he started, and scored. His link up with Laurence Sorhaindo on the day was impressive to watch, as the Sils came away with a hard fought point.
We thought we’d get to know more about the new kid on the block at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium. 
What about Silsden made you want to come join Danny Forrest last year?
Danny wanted me to come the year before, and tried to get me on a dual registration with Silsden to get me game time This would have given me a chance to show my ability. But unfortunately injuries prevented that from happening. I came to watch a Silsden game pre-season to support my friends Laurence & Qasim, and after speaking to him after that game he was eager to get me back fit. He wanted to give me the proper rehab needed, and for me to join which I appreciated. I liked how much faith he had in me and it was only right in my opinion that I was to join the team and repay that faith.
You’ve spent a lot of time in recovery from injury, what was that spell like on the sidelines? 
It was really frustrating because I just wanted to get back playing. But I feel it helped me massively in becoming mentally tougher and more hungry to return and perform better than ever before.
 How do you think Silsden will finish this campaign? 
I believe the way the team have come in to a bit of form, we can push for the promotion places. Anyone can beat anyone in this league, so I feel with a few results going our way and another run of results from the team, we can be up there definitely.
What are your own personal targets for the rest of the season? 
My personal targets this season are to eventually become a starting player on the team sheet week in week out. I’d like to get through the full season injury free, and to also use all the players and staff around me to become a better player than I was last season, and to carry on improving.
Who is the professional footballer you idolise the most? 
The professional footballer I idolise the most in modern football is I think who majority of people idolise, which is Lionel Messi ha!  I’d have to say my all time football idols are Steven Gerrard and Ronaldo however. (Brazillian Ronaldo).
What team do you support yourself? 
The team I support is Liverpool. I used to just support whatever team Ronaldo moved to, however when I got old enough to ditch that, it made sense to follow Liverpool as all my family do. I’ve had many hard years being a fan, but looks set to be re-payed this season!
What are your other interests off the pitch? 
My other interest off the pitch is gaming, I love a bit of FIFA, no one really enjoys me playing because I’m highly competitive with it ha! Other than that I just love watching football, can’t beat a good game.
Where do you think the club can go in the next few years?
I definitely believe the club will be climbing the leagues in the next few years.

Hemsworth MWFC 3-2 Silsden AFC

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

Saturday Dec. 28st 2019.

                                                                                   HEMSWORTH  MINERS WELFARE  3 v 2 SILSDEN AFC

                                                                                   Viggars 8, 67, Carroll 76.                        Brown 45,  64.    Att. 133

                                                                                   COBBYDALERS GIVE SECOND-PLACED HEMSWORTH A SCARE

          The Cobbydalers travelled to second-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Saturday hoping to end the decade on a high. As it turns out they took the promotion hopefuls to the wire in a compelling game which swung one way and then the other.

          Danny Forrest was forced to make two changes with Dan Illingworth and Liam Hudson unavailable. Luckily Mark Everingham had recovered from injury and the experienced Craig Bentham returned to the starting line up.

          Roared on by a raucous, partisan crowd The Miners were swiftly on the offensive, Josh Brown having to concede a corner in the second minute.  Brown headed clear before Arley Barnes broke up another attack. Silsden were pushed back with an onslaught of high balls. Mark Everingham conceded another corner. The ball was swung in, centre-back Harry VIGGARS headed onto the post before blasting home the rebound from close range.

          Silsden responded with a break down the left where Lawrence Sorhaindo cut in before moving the ball to the right where Jake Taylor’s cross was headed clear. Hemsworth counter-attacked at pace but Silsden keeper Ben Higginson dived at the feet of Luke Hogg to deny the Miners a second. Declan Parker picked up the clearance and got the better of Barnes before shooting over. It was probably the only time the skipper was beaten in the whole game!

          Silsden, who had survived the first onslaught, began to take the game to their opponents. Khurram Shazad managed to get down the right before pulling the ball back to edge of the area, to Craig Bentham who shot narrowly wide. This was followed up by some slick passing down the left which ended with Miners’ keeper Jordan Greaves saving from Sorhaindo.

          The Miners continued with incisive balls hoping for some knock-ons but the Silsden defence held firm with Brown dominating in the air and Barnes clearing up any loose balls. The Cobbydalers began to open up the home defence with some slick pass-and-move football. Jay Benn cut in from the right to set up Khurram who saw his effort go narrowly wide of the far post. Bentham then released Matthias Britton who was fouled by Viggars. The free kick was saved before Viggars brought down Taylor whose free-kick was comfortably saved. Another cynical foul on Britton broke up another attack but the centre-back somehow avoided a yellow card!

          Hemsworth counter-attacked but Everingham blocked Hoggs’ effort at the expense of a corner before the Cobbydalers broke forwards, Bentham twice shooting wide. Sorhaindo then brought a superb save from Greaves before a foul by Bentham led to the first booking and a free-kick, Barnes headed clear but Owen Wildblood and Ryan Carrol combined to create a chance.

          With five minutes left of the half, the Cobbydalers played the ball across the back in a series of fifteen passes before they broke swiftly. Britton sent Shazad free but his shot was cleared. Joe Mitchell, who had been immense in midfield, then held up Ripley, and Benn made two telling tackles. Superb interplay between Mitchell and Britton freed Sorhaindo, who was on the penalty spot. The striker hit the ball cleanly but Greaves made a point-blank save, at the expense of a corner. The ball was swung in and BROWN headed in the equaliser, on the stroke of half-time, to the dismay of the home fans.

          Silsden broke forwards from the restart but Britton was dispossessed and Hemsworth broke down the right. The ball was crossed from the by-line but Higginson saved Ripley’s header. The game was nip and tuck with Silsden matching the efforts of the home side. Jones wasted a chance after a good delivery from Carroll before Everingham went close after a slick move down Silsden’s left.

          Following another break down the left, Shazad brought a superb save from Greaves at the expense of a corner. BROWN rose above everyone else to head the Cobbydalers into the lead. (Khurram was then knocked out by a point blank clearance and replaced by Chris Wademan).

          Unfortunately, three minutes after Brown’s goal, the centre-back was dispossessed trying to shield the ball out conceding a corner. The ball was swung in and VIGGARS headed the equaliser. The initiative swung in Hemsworth favour but Tiana wasted a glorious chance. The Miners pressed but Mitchell broke up the attack before launching the next Silsden attack. Back came the Miners, Higginson making two telling saves to keep Silsden in the game.  But the third goal finally came for the home side. Ryan CARROLL managed to get the better of a tussle with the exhausted Mitchell, fifteen minutes from time to make it three.

          Hemsworth kept up the pressure. Higginson made a fine save to deny Luke Hogg and Barnes and Brown broke up another attack. Everingham headed clear as Silsden broke down the right through Mitchell who crossed to Taylor. His shot was volleyed wide. The final whistle went!

          It had been a superb game, flowing from one end to the other. There was some thrilling football from both sides. Silsden demonstrated that the gap between the top and mid table is not vast with probably their best performance of the season.

          Next Saturday the Cobbydalers are without a game! with three the following week!

HEMSWORTH M.W. Graves, Wildblood, Jeff, Paylor, Viggars, Cass, Carroll, Hogg, Ripley(Wilson 80), Jones( Tiani  54), Parker

SILDEN AFC. Higginson, Benn, Everingham, Bentham, Brown, Barnes, Taylor, Mitchell, Britton(Kirby 80), Shazad(Wademan 65), Sorhaindo(Fox 80).Subs not used.  Anani, Parsons.

Referee. Mr. D. Smith. Assistants.  Mr. W. Gray and  Mr. W. Booth.

Thackley 2-2 Silsden AFC

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

Saturday Dec. 21st 2019.


  Basi 36, Asa Mitchell 66.           Sorhaindo 12, Britton 37.   Att.180


          The Cobbydalers made the short trip to Dennyfield on Saturday when only half of the Premier Division games went ahead. The pitch was heavy but fans were at least treated to a game after a prolonged period of disruption to the fixture list.

          The Dennyboys were soon on the attack with Asa Mitchell firing wide from the edge of the penalty area. Silsden responded with a quick break down the right but keeper Luke Wilson was able to gather the ball on the line. Half chances came at both ends, Jay Benn shooting wide at one end before Thackley broke clear, Jack Boyle cutting across the penalty area before also shooting wide.  

          Silsden were prepared to keep possession until an opening arose, Brown releasing Matthias Britton. Former Cobbydaler Kris Hargreaves was caught out and Britton slid the ball to Laurence SORHAINDO to slot in the opener from eight yards. Silsden began to push the ball about with aplomb. Sorhaindo set up Khurram Shazad but his low shot was saved by Wilson.

          Jay Benn was next to test the Dennyboys’ defence with a run down the right. Playing a one-two with Joe Mitchell, the youngster cut inside before driving the ball over the bar with the outside of his boot. Thackley’s only advance forward was a free-kick, Ryan Basi heading wide. Sorhaindo was proving a real threat. He released Jake Mountford but the youngster was forced wide after he slipped.

          Finally, midway through the half, Thackley began to gain some control. Jack Normanton sped onto a long ball up the left but the Cobbydalers’ keeper Ben Higginson was swiftly off his line to make a great save. Shazad was back to break up another attack.

          Silsden pressed down the flanks but it was Thackley who had the next chance, Dan Illingworth denying Asa Mitchell with a crunching tackle. Silsden were then caught out from a corner, A “Cruyff” turn by Boyle created another chance for Thackley but Josh Brown blocked the first effort and the second hit the side netting. Brown then denied Asa Mitchell with a sliding tackle.         

          Finally the Denny Boys got the equaliser. Ryan BASI, having moved into Silsden box for a corner, curled his effort towards the top corner of the Silsden net. It was as if the game had gone into slow-motion with Higginson rooted to his line as the ball spun past him and into the top corner net.

          Within a minute Silsden were back in front. Britton broke from the halfway line, slid the ball to Sorhaindo, who cut in along the byline to hit a low cross. BRITTON was there to blast it home. Brown twice blocked efforts from the Dennyboys whilst Sorhaindo was denied a second goal on the stroke of half time.

          The Thackley were first to show in the second half but Eisa Faulding overhit his cross wide. Silsden responded with Shazad releasing Sorhaindo who set up Britton. His shot lacked venom and Thackley broke quickly, Asa Mitchell shooting wide.       

          Gradually the Dennyboys gained the initiative and the Cobbydalers were relieved when Higginson made a superb single hand save to deny James Rothel. At the other end Joe Mitchell fired over from outside the box before Sorhaindo was pulled back on the edge of the area by Basi. The defender was lucky not to be cautioned and Silsden were unfortunate not to have a penalty without the benefit of VAR! Unfortunately Sorhaindo, the Cobbydalers best forward, was injured and was replaced by Aidan Kirby.

          Before Silsden had settled the Dennyboys broke forward, ASA MITCHELL hitting a screamer into the top corner to level the scores. Silsden responded with Shazad and Britton combining to set up Barnes but the skippers shot cleared the crossbar. Shazad then cut across the box from the left beating two players but he ran into trouble. He then set up Britton but Wilson was quickly off his line to smother the ball.

          With fifteen minutes left the Dennyboys looked more likely to get the fifth goal but both substitute Matt Hall and Normanton wasted clear chances as players tired on the heavy pitch. Hall’s cross provided Broadbent with a good opportunity but he headed just wide. Silsden substitute Chris Wademan tracked back to retrieve the ball before setting Khurram free. His shot was wide of the target as the final whistle went.

          The points were shared in an entertaining game after a very disrupted few weeks. Hopefully the next game on Saturday 28th December, away at second-placed Hemsworth Miners’ Welfare, will go ahead as planned.

          Finally the club send Best Wishes to all their Sponsors and Supporters for a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

THACKLEY FC Wilson, Faulding, Hunter, Whiteley, Basi, Hargreaves, Ibraimi(Sibanda 75), Rothel, Mitchell (Hall 70), Boyle (Broadbent 65), Normanton. Sus not used.Murphy and Poole

SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Benn, Hudson, Barnes, Illingworth, Brown, Mountford (Wademan 75), Mitchell, Britton, Shazad, Sorhaindo (Kirby 63). Subs not used Bentham, Kaine, McKiernon.

Referee.Mr. J. Rhodes.  Assistants. Mr. M. Brownsett and Mr. D. Holbrook

Bottesford Town 1-3 Silsden AFC

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

Saturday Dec. 7th 2019.


Att. 47.         Bowskin 46.                    Hudson 22, Sorhaindo 42, 57.


          The Cobbydalers maintained their recent form with a 3-1 win at Bottesford on Saturday, with goals from Liam Hudson and Laurence Sorhaindo who netted a brace.

          Silsden started without Josh Kaine, who pulled out at the last minute with sickness, with Hudson slotting in at the back. Town were soon on the attack but Ben Higginson gathered Jack McMenemy’s cross to launch a Silsden attack. Jay Benn released Jake Taylor down the right, who played a one-two with Khurram Shazad before seeing his curling shot saved.

          Town’s Tom Johnstone then sent Wayne Graves free down the left but the ball was cleared down the right, Aidan Kirby heading Jay Benn’s cross over the bar. Town went close on their next sortie forwards but Dan Illingworth managed to clear the danger.

          Gradually the Cobbydalers began to assert themselves with youngsters Benn and Taylor opening up the Town defence with pace and precision. Sorhaindo was on the end of one cross but slipped in the act of shooting before Kirby netted but was flagged offside.

          The opening goal came from a Silsden corner. Keeper Birch spilled the ball and HUDSON fired it in from close range. From the restart Bottesford had a corner but Tom Johnstone headed wide. Joe Mitchell was busy tracking back to protect the defence  when the Silsden defensive line was breached, but a twenty-five yard effort from Jack Bowskin was just wide of the mark.

          The game swung one way then the other but when Shazad put Sorhaindo through only a sharp response from the Town keeper denied Silsden a second.  

          On thirty minutes Mark Everingham, who has been superb at left-back this campaign pulled a hamstring. He was replaced by Josh Brown.

          Silsden, with Benn and Taylor opening the defence, began to take control. Kirby went close with a header and Benn with a shot before Khurram saw two efforts blocked. Kirby broke down the right and crossed to Taylor, who saw his effort graze the far post before Mitchell sent a defence-splitting pass to Shazad who curled his shot wide.

          Silsden were almost punished for their profligacy when Barnes failed to clear. McMenemy reached the byline and slid the ball goalwards, where it struck the near post before rolling along the goal line with the Silsden defence helpless. Luckily it rolled out of play past the far post.

          Immediately Silsden punished the home side. The referee played a good advantage after a break by the Cobbydalers was partially halted. Kirby broke on goal to set up SORHAINDO for a tap-in.

          The second half began with Kirby breaking down the left before playing a one-two with Shazad. Unfortunately the angle was too tight for him to squeeze the ball home. Bottesford’s keeper hit a long ball which caught the wind. Jack BOWSKIN lashed it home from twenty-five yards out.

          Silsden withstood some pressure before they restored their two-goal cushion. Barnes sent Hudson down the right, he crossed and Birch fumbled, and SORHAINDO stabbed it home.

          Town’s skipper was then sin-binned for ten minutes and Silsden began to take control. Kirby’s cross found Barnes who saw his shot saved before Shazad fired wide. Benn and Taylor continued to open up the home defence as Town started to hit long-balls which got caught on the wind. The Cobbydalers defence just shielded the ball dead.

          Shazad was replaced by Matthias Britton who immediately released Wademan, who had come on for Kirby, but he was closed down. Silsden denied the home side any more opportunities to seal three points.

Next Saturday The Cobbydalers entertain Athersley Recreation at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium K.O.3pm


BOTTESFORD TOWN. Birch, Cranidge, Cross, Ridley, Johnstone, Cook, Bowskin, Pembleton  (Hudson 85), Boulton (Abdullah 47) Spencer (McMenemy 75), Graves. Subs not used Train, Leaning

SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Benn, Everingham (Brown 30), Hudson, Illingworth, Barnes, Mountford, Mitchell, Kirby (Wademan 61), Shazad (Britton 61), Sorhaindo. Sub not used. McKiernon.

Referee. Mr. L. Watson.  Assistants. Mr. T. Beck and Mr. D. Sutton.

Image courtesy of Rob Barraclough

Bridlington Town 2-3 Silsden AFC

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Cup Round 3. 2019-2020

Tuesday, Nov. 26th 2019.

BRIDLINGTON TOWN 2 v 3  SILSDEN A.F.C.                      

Hutchinson 4, Danby 42.           Britton 7, Wademan 9, Shazad 54.    Att. 104


          The Cobbydalers trip to the seaside on Tuesday night didn’t start well for the visitors as keeper Ben Higginson fumbled a low cross in the fourth minute, which allowed Mark HUTCHINSON to put the home side in the lead from two yards out. The Cobbydalers response was swift with two goals in three minutes. However, after an equaliser just before the break, the Cobbydalers re-took the lead. Higginson was to go on and make two superb saves in the second half which sealed the victory for the visitors.

          Danny Forrest took the opportunity to ensure that squad players were able to get some game time in the League cup, with some senior players on the bench. The opening goal, set up by the impressive Matthew Broadley, was quickly nullified as the Cobbydalers pushed the Seasiders back. Khurram Shazad brought a fine save from James Hitchcock at the expense of a corner. Hitchcock pushed Dan Illingworth’s header for another corner which was cleared.

          Bridlington broke up the right with Broadley reaching the by-line before crossing into the goal area. Ryan Cooper reached the ball first but he shot wide. From the goal kick the ball was flicked on to Matthias BRITTON who eased his way past two defenders to drive the ball in the bottom corner of the Bridlington net. Two minutes later Mark Everingham broke up the left, beating three defenders, before releasing Chris WADEMAN who slid the ball home.

          Ryan Cooper saw a chip deflected for a corner and then Everingham blocked Lewis Taylor twice before Broadley curled an effort wide. After some good Silsden possession Britton shot over the Seasiders bar. There then followed a period of sustained pressure from the home side. Josh Brown cleared one effort before Broadley’s twenty-five yarder cleared the bar. Set up by winger Broadley, Brett Agnew shot wide.

 Jake Taylor hit two left-footers over the Seasiders’ bar after some slick work by Shazad. Higginson saved another effort from Broadley. With three minutes left before the interval Joe DANBY curled the ball in to the top corner for the equaliser. Everingham prevented Bridlington going ahead a minute later, heading Broadley’s shot of the line.

          Good interplay between Wademan and  Shazad saw the former almost putting the Cobbydalers ahead early in the second half.  Keeper James managed to gather his shot at the second attempt. The keeper had no chance when SHAZAD, having been released by Everingham, curled the ball over  from wide on the left for the goal of the match.

          Laurence Sorhaindo and Aidan Kirby then replaced Shazad and Britton, the former heading over the bar with his first touch. At the other end Higginson managed to flick a deflected header over the bar before Hutchinson was denied by an even better save by the Silsden keeper, who managed to tip Jack Bulless’ close-range header onto the crossbar.

          Jake Taylor hit two efforts over the Bridlington bar in the final stages as the Cobbydalers managed to dominate possession. It had been a highly entertaining game, with good skills shown by both sides and played on a superb surface……rich entertainment for the crowd.

      On Saturday the Cobbydalers entertain Hemsworth Miners’ Welfare. K.O. 2.00pm.

BRIDLINGTON TOWN. Hitchcock, Lewis(Bowsley 71) , Danby(Jordan 56), Taylor, Bulless, Cooper, Broadley, Adams, Hutchinson, McFadyen, Agnew. Subs. not used. Greening,  Norfolk, Jenkinson.

SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Benn, Everingham, Bentham, Illingworth, Brown, Taylor, Liam Hudson, Britton (Kirby 60), Shazad (Sorhaindo 60), Wademan(Barnes 77). Subs. not used. Kaine, Mitchell.

Referee. Mr. M. Wright. Assistants. Mr. M. Cottingham and  Mr. A. Turner. 

FEATURE | Chris Wademan, Under The Microscope

Chris Wademan is well known around the Cobbydale Construction Stadium. His pace and quick feet as a forward has been known to keep the Cobbydaler’s support on the edge of their seats at times. We thought we’d get to know the Silsden veteran a tad more.

You’re one of the longest serving players at the club Chris, what is it that’s made you want to stay at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium?

I really enjoy it, there’s always been a lot of my mates down there so no need to go elsewhere.

You recently had a spell out in Australia, how did that opportunity come about and how did it go?

I went over in 2014 for a season and absolutely loved it so when I got the chance to go again I jumped at the chance.

What are your thoughts on the current campaign, and how do you think we can finish the season?

I think our league position isn’t reflective on how good our squad is. We’ve been playing well but not getting results but saying that we’re now on a five game unbeaten run so hopefully that can continue.

Who is your footballing hero, past or present, and why?

Wayne Rooney, always loved how hard he worked and he scored goals for fun.

Who’s the best trainer in the current squad?

Probably Mitch (Joe Mitchell), always sets a high standard and works hard.

Who in the squad has the best skills?

Khurram Shazad, try playing against him on a Tuesday at Goals.. its a nightmare.

Who’s worse off when it comes to a 100 meter sprint?

Liam Hudson.. poor lad

Who in the team would you want having your back in a physical confrontation?

Big Brian Blackwell

Where can you see the club being in the next 5 years?

We’ve got a great set up, great manager so why not the Northern Premier League.

Do you have any interests out side of football?

I’m a bit of a Call Of Duty nerd.. no good at it like.

Who in the squad would you set up a business with, and what would the business entail?

Tough question. Probably a modelling company with Craig Bentham. Best looking guy in non-league football.

FEATURE | Matthew Moses – “Hoping MRI Will Clear Things Up.”

It’s been a frustrating campaign thus far for Silsden full-back Matty Moses, who has spent the majority of the season on the sidelines. We caught up the with Moses, for an update on his condition.

What’s the extent of your injury Matty, and how did it come about?

I damaged my PCL (ligament in knee), shouldn’t have really gone in for the tackle I did, but my eyes just lit up at the thought of a goal, so I got there just before the keeper which caused a collision. I’m hoping to get the result of an MRI this week to help clear things up.

How do you feel the season is progressing, and where can you see us ending up? 

We obviously would like more points than we have at this stage, but at the minute we’re currently unbeaten in five games and a good run will see us climb right up that table.

What do you miss the most about participating with the squad?

Obviously playing, but also being in and amongst the lads during training I miss. I’ve spent the majority of my time with Conner and the other injured lads.

When can we expect to see you in action again?

Honestly I’m not sure at this stage, hopefully the scan results won’t be too bad, and can get back on the pitch as soon as possible.

How do you feel about the challenge of breaking back into the side again?

It will be difficult. We do have a strong squad with a lot of quality, but I need to concentrate on getting fit first so I’m available to help the team where required.

Silsden AFC 2-1 Eccleshill Utd

The Toolstation Northern Counties East F. L. Premier Division 2019-20
Saturday, 16 November 2019.

Taylor-Mountford 62, Ndlovu 69 og.             Hey 10.                     Att. 203




         Silsden secured a valuable and long overdue 3 points against Eccleshill United in another keenly contested local derby to ease the Cobbydalers up into mid-table in a titanic battle.


Eccleshill started brightly early on, looking dangerous on the break, however the first clear chance fell to the locals, but Laurence Sorhaindo couldn’t get sufficient contact on Khuram Shazad’s corner from the left, his sliced shot spinning away and as the ball was re-cycled into the box Dan Illingworth scuffed his shot for ‘keeper Moorhouse to gather easily.


In the 10th minute the ball was crossed into the Silsden box from the left by Nicky Boshell to Eli HEY who controlled before dispatching his angled right foot shot past Higginson into the far corner to open the scoring for the visitors.

From the re-start Silsden should have levelled when Aidan Kirby was put through the middle one on one with the Eagles’ ‘keeper, but Moorhouse got a toe end to his shot to deny the equaliser.


But it was the visitors who carried the threat in the first period and Illingworth did well to head clear skipper Lewis Sugden dangerously probing free kick from out wide on the right.


Then Higginson did well, diving high to his left to claw away Boshell’s goal- bound shot from the right hand corner of the box, with Kaine’s header clearing the danger to prevent the Eagles from extending their lead.


In the 20th minute though as Silsden tried to get back on terms, Shazad played a superb ball in from the right for Illingworth to power his header goal-wards, but Moorhouse made a great save plunging to his left to parry away and keep his goal intact.


Then after some scrappy play down Silsden left the ball broke to Sorhaindo deep in the visitors box, but he went to ground under Moorhouse’s challenge and was harshly booked by referee Reeves for simulation.


Again Eccleshill always looked dangerous on the break and a long through ball down the middle found Hey in acres of space, but his tame shot was comfortably gathered by Higginson.

Then Irving’s header from the left hand side of the box diagonally to the far post found Brown on his heels and unable to convert what looked like an easy opportunity.


On the half hour mark though, following a foul on Taylor-Mountford on the edge of the box, Shazad shot from the resulting free kick was easily fielded by Moorhouse.


Eccleshill continued to dominate and in the 43rd minute Brown crossed the ball over from the right, the ball taking a wicked deflection to loop up and over and was bundled in by Hey at the far post, only for it to be chalked off courtesy on the liners flag for offside, in what was the last meaningful action of an action packed first half.


After a half time “rocket” from manager Danny Forrest the Cobbydalers came out with much more purpose and in the 55th minute threatened to get back on terms when following some good interplay down the left, Silsden were awarded a free kick. Mark Everingham fired the ball in low to the near post area, but Moorhouse did well to block with his legs to clear, despite his vision being obscured by his defenders.


The locals were then rewarded when a back pass was intercepted by TAYLOR-MOUNTFORD on the right, who coolly controlled before dispatching his low angled right foot shot into the far corner to level the scores on 62 minutes. A minute later Illingworth bravely blocked as the Eagles tried to restore their lead.


Then Shazad’s flag kick was headed downwards into the ground by Sorhaindo, the ball bouncing up and over the visitors bar. Silsden continued to create more pressure when Illingworth’s long throw on the right was headed out by Toulson, but only as far as Barnes whose left foot volley from the edge of the box flashed over the bar.


Silsden were further rewarded for their pressure though when, following some neat interplay down the left hand side involving Everingham and Shazad, the ball was played to Sorhaindo who controlled and cut into the box before playing a dangerous low ball into the six yard box, which the covering NDLOVU in his attempt to clear deflected into his own goal to put the Cobbydalers 2-1 in front.


Eccleshill responded and after good play down their left the ball was cut back to former Cobbydaler Ndlovu whose low shot from the corner of the box beat Higginson but hit the foot of his left hand upright to deny him making amends for his earlier indiscretion.


With the clock running down and the visitors pressing hard for an equaliser Kaine thwarted Hey, expertly dispossessing him as he threatened to go through on goal, but this time Silsden were not to be denied the full 3 points from a pulsating game which left the bumper crowd fully entertained and manager Danny Forrest mightily relieved.


         On Saturday the Cobbydalers travel to second-placed Staveley Miners Welfare before the long journey on the following Tuesday to Bridlington Town in the League Cup.


Silsden AFC:

Higginson, Liam Hudson (Brown), Everingham, Kaine ©, Illingworth, Barnes, Taylor-Mountford(Britton), Mitchell, Kirby (Wademan), Shazad, Sorhaindo. Subs not used: Luke Hudson & Blackwell

Eccleshill United:

Moorhouse, Bleau, Kaba, Sugden ©, Toulson, Omolokun, Ndlovu, Irving (Staunton), Brown (Hussain), Hey, Boshell Subs not used: Stor, Woodward


Referee: Mr M Reeves

Assistant: Mr D Chisnall

Assistant: Mr J. Rigby