Maltby Main 3-0 Silsden AFC

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

Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019

MALTBY MAIN F.C. 3 v 0 SILSDEN A.F.C. Wilson 9, Chipps 28, Moxam 73. Att. 75.


The Cobbydalers travelled to Maltby Main on Saturday. In the reverse fixture the Cobbydalers had a home victory,2-1, against their opponents of a month ago. Main, who have only played three league games to date, losing two of them, made up for it by making progress in both the FA Cup and Vase. Leading scorer Aidan Kirby returned whilst Ben Higginson replaced the injured Alfie Darke in goal and new recruit Liam Hudson replaced Josh Brown at centre back.

Main were first on the attack but Mark Everingham read the situation and cleared the ball. William Eades then fired over the bar. Ben Aigar managed to get the better of Dan Illingworth but shot wide. When Joe Austin curled in a free kick, Anthony WILSON rose above the Silsden defence to head Maltby into the lead on nine minutes.

Silsden responded immediately. Khurram Shadzad broke up the left, cut back and slid the ball to Craig Bentham, who hit a low drive from outside the area. The effort was just off target. Robert Chipps headed over at the other end before Jay Benn broke up the right, only to see his dangerous cross cleared at the near post.

Kirby then had three chances in a five minute spell. Shazad broke up the left. His swift turn left two defenders in his wake. He fizzed a cross to Kirby, who was free in the box. Kirby volleyed over. Two minutes later Khurram released Kirby again. A dip of the shoulder gave him an opening but his effort was marginally wide of the far post. Another Shazad pass, another Kirby effort. The net bulged! The Silsden fans thought Kirby had equalised but the shot had hit the side netting! On another day it might have been three-one!

Kirby’s head didn’t drop. Unfortunately at the other end, Robert CHIPPS netted a second when Higginson allowed a low shot to slip under his outstretched hand. The Cobbydalers then broke with a swift move down the right but it was cleared. Kirby continued to work hard but the Silsden midfield were being pushed back. Craig Bentham was dispossessed and Wilson broke past Hudson but his shot lacked power.

Five minutes before the break, Benn broke up the Silsden right, played a one two with Bentham before releasing Kirby. The striker’s effort grazed the far post. With the Silsden defence unsettled, Austin set up two chances for the home side. Aigar shot wide and Austin’s effort sailed over the bar! On the stroke of half-time a slick move from Silsden ended with Jake Taylor-Mountford heading over.

The second half started with Main’s Aigar missing a glorious chance before Higginson saved another effort with his feet. For much of the half Main played with nine

players back and relied on their two strikers to stretch the Cobbydalers in the other half. Silsden struggled to get through a packed midfield. Josh Kaine, returning from injury, came on for Barnes.

Kaine was soon in the action denying Wilson, before Aigar failed to get a touch on another good chance. Main had a great chance when they broke through the Silsden defence only to be flagged for offside. It looked a hard decision. Two minutes later, Hudson failed to track substitute Aaron MOXHAM, who netted a third…HE did appear to be offside. Déjà vu!

Silsden had few opportunities to get back in the game. Benn had another good break and Mitchell was denied by the home keeper. Liam Hudson headed over the Main bar before Higginson saved well to deny Maltby a fourth.

Two disappointing results after last Saturday’s demolition of Garforth. This week the Cobbydalers entertain Yorkshire Amateurs at the Cobbydaler Construction Stadium.

MALTBY MAIN. Bailey, Morton, Hill, Austin, Eades, Chipps, Lumley, Hopewell, Aigar (Fairhurst 69), Wilson, (Moxhan 70), King. Subs not used. Worrall, Rigby, Leyland.

SILSDEN AFC. Higginson, Benn, Everingham, Liam Hudson (Waddington70), Illingworth, Barnes (Kaine 52), Bentham, Mitchell, Kirby, Shazad, Taylor-Mountford (Hardisty Blackwell 80). Subs not used Luke Hudson, Brown.

Referee. Mr. D. Jones. Assistants. Mr. M. Maddison and Mr . K. Booth.

Barton Town 3-0 Silsden AFC

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

Tuesday, Sept 10th 2019

                                                   BARTON TOWN 3 v 0 SILSDEN A.F.C.

                              Hinchcliffe 16, 70. Goddard 90.                         Att. 110.


          The Cobbydalers travelled to the Easy Buy Stadium at Barton-upon- Humber last night, looking to build on Saturday’s fine win against Garforth. The Swans, who had struggled in the league to date, losing their opening four games, had progressed in both the FA Cup and Vase. They were hoping to put things right against the Cobbydalers, who were without leading scorer Aidan Kirby, who was replaced by Ben Wignall.

          The Swans were soon on the attack but Jay Benn denied them a chance at goal. Silsden counter-attacked with Khurram Shazad driving the ball to Arley Barnes, who saw his cross cleared. Benn then broke up the right, played a one-two with Mitchell, before hitting a low shot which Harvey Cartwright saved.

           Will Waudby created an opening for brother Tom, who shot over the Silsden bar. Five minutes later Barton were ahead, Tom Waudby playing the ball to Ben Hinchliffe, whose side footed volley flew past the Silsden keeper and into the back of the net. Cobbydalers keeper Alfie Darke then denied Tom Waudby a second.

          Barton’s confidence grew and Josh Brown and Dan Illingworth were both called upon to keep Silsden in the game. Hinchliffe went close with a header, Tom Waudby’s cross testing the Silsden defence. The battle between Brown and Illingworth against Tom Waudby and Hinchcliffe was intriguing with the Silsden defenders managing to keep the deficit to one goal.

          On forty minutes Wignall suffered a head injury and was replaced by Danny Forrest who was soon in the action, spreading to ball to Craig Bentham. His cross-cum-shot was just wide. In the dying minutes of the half Shazad hit a dipping volley which just cleared the cross-bar

          Silsden began the second half on the offensive but the home defence stood firm. Five minutes after the restart Silsden were down to ten men when Brown was punished for a late tackle on Craig Disley, which could have been a lot worse in different circumstances. Matt Plummer was sent off for his reaction in the melee which ensued following the tackle. Four minutes later, Bentham was lucky to receive only a caution after his rash challenge on Disley.

          For a short period the players lost the plot. Barton were in an attacking position. Darke was the next to transgress. A dangerous tackle only received a caution but the keeper was badly injured and had to be replaced by Ben Higginson.

          Fortunately the players realised this was a game of football. The Swans netted a second. Tom Waudby was the architect. He squared the ball to HINCHCLIFFE. His first shot cannoned off the bar, but he was able to receive it again and tap home at the second attempt.

          Bentham broke up another attack before Shazad set up Mitchell, who saw his effort clear the bar. Hinchcliffe went closer at the other end rattling the woodwork. Khurram then tested Harvey Cartwright in the Swans goal, a youngster on loan from Hull.

          Mitchell kept driving the Cobbydalers forwards. A goalmouth scramble saw three efforts blocked on the Swans’ goal line.   Illingworth was pushed up front but the home side netted a third in stoppage time, GODDARD slipping the ball passed the isolated Silsden keeper. Forrest set up Hardisty-Blackwell in the dying sends but Cartwright tipped the ball over.

          Silsden will have to regroup for the match at Maltby Main on Saturday. Fortunately Josh Kaine will soon be available and Chris Wademan is back from Down Under.

BARTON TOWN FC. Cartwright, Barkworth, T.Waudby, Sawyer, Plummer, Brettell, Rogerson, Disley (Langton 55), Moody (Sutton 90), T.Waudby, Hinchcliffe (Goddard 75). Subs. not used. Busby, Morfoot. 

SILSDEN AFC. Darke (Higginson 58), Benn, Everingham, Bentham Illingworth, Brown Barnes, Mitchell, Wignall (Forrest 40), Shazad, Taylor-Mountford (Hardisty-Blackwell 77). Subs not used Hudson, Waddington.

Referee. Mr. Fletcher-Tindall.  Assistants.  Mr. D. Bright and Mr. A. Pontin.

Silsden AFC 7-1 Garforth Town

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

Saturday, Sept 7th 2019

                                                     SILSDEN A.F.C. 7 v 1  GARFORTH TOWN

                          Kirby 31 (Pen), 59, 61.                                                              Priestley 67 (Pen) Taylor-Mountford 38, 40. Illingworth 44, Benn 67                                  Att. 163.


                                  The Cobbydalers entertained Garforth Town on Saturday in a game which provided some rich entertainment for the home side. Town, fourth in the table, unbeaten in the league and still in the F.A. Vase, were expected to provide a stern test for the Cobbydalers who had lost their last two games.      

            Danny Forrest introduced two new signings, Jay Benn at right back and Jake Taylor-Mountford on the left side of the forward line, both of whom were trainees at Halifax Town. The Cobbydalers were still without Kaine and Moses and Sorhaindo was unavailable.

            True to form Town were soon on the attack but Dan Illingworth broke up two early attacks.             Silsden were guilty of surrendering possession too easily and Sean Hunter broke down the right and crossed to Sam Barker whose weak effort was comfortably saved by Alfie Darke. Left back Danny Buttle slung over two dangerous crosses which Illingworth again cleared.

            Gradually Silsden settled, Jay Benn releasing Kirby on the right, the striker’s shot being cleared and then a slick move up the right was halted. The two new boys soon settled and Jay Benn had a good dribble down the right before feeding Khurram Shazad. A dip of the shoulder and a pass to Kirby ended with Toby Wells making a fine save.

            Both sides created half chances. Benn had a shot cleared and then Josh Brown headed clear at the other end. Shazad slid the ball to Taylor-Mountford whose shot was well saved by Wells.

            The game changed in a fifteen minutes spell before the break. Joe Mitchell passed the ball up the right and it was crossed to the edge of the penalty area. Inexplicably Joe Colley handled the ball. Penalty!. Up stepped KIRBY to put the reds ahead. Silsden began to spread the ball about and create openings. A superb move up the right saw Barnes feed Khurram, back to Barnes and out to the overlapping Everingham. He crossed to Kirby, who set up Khurram. His shot was saved by Wells but the moved signalled the confidence of the Cobbydalers with the new boys settling in quickly.

            A minute later Everingham sent Barnes down the right. His cross was met by TAYLOR-MOUNTFORD who drove it home. Two minutes later TAYLOR-MOUNTFORD got his second, latching on to a through ball from Mitchell before leaving the Town keeper helpless. Town were shell shocked. Mitchell’s superb curler was tipped over by Wells but ILLINGWORTH netted a fourth on the stroke of half time.

            Town’s Dan Williams went close in the opening minutes of the second half but the Cobbydalers were soon creating more chances with some slick “pass and move” football. Mitchell slid the ball to the marauding Benn who crossed to Taylor-Mountford. The debutant almost completed a twelve-minute hat-trick! Garforth showed some spirit and Illingworth and Brown were forced to charge-down efforts from Dan Williams.

            KIRBY, who was relishing the support from his team-mates, then netted a brace in the space of two minutes, running onto a through ball before sliding the ball wide of Wells and completed his hat-trick when Taylor-Mountford broke clear, drew his marker, before sliding the ball to KIRBY, who left Wells helpless.

            Mitchell almost made it seven before BENN broke his way up the right, cut inside and played a one-two before punishing the visitors.  Taylor-Mountford was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick when his curled effort rattled the cross-bar.

            With Tuesday’s game away at Barton-on-Humber on his mind, Danny Forrest brought on three substitutes for the final fifteen minutes. Ben Wignall almost netted a minute later but was denied by Priestly. Town’s Priestly almost scored with a header at the back post and Sam Barker shot wide before PRIESTLY netted a penalty conceded by Illingworth. A six-man move ended with Wells making a superb save before Hardisty-Blackwell headed wide at the far post.   

            It had been a thrilling game for the Cobbydalers and the new boys slotted in well. It was Garforth’s heaviest defeat for eighteen months. The scoreline may have flattered Silsden but Forrest will now be expecting his charges to build on the victory.

            On Saturday the Cobbydaler’s travel to Malty Main.

SILSDEN AFC. Darke, Benn, Everingham, Bentham (Hardisty-Blackwell 69), Illingworth, Brown (Hudson 69), Barnes, Mitchell, Kirby (Wignall 69), Shazad, Taylor-Mountford. Subs not used Higginson, Waddington.

GARFORTH TOWN. Wells, Slinn(Beaston45), Buttle, Barker, Turner, Bingley(Kearsley 45), Priestley, Colley, Hunter, Williams, Porritt. Subs. not used. Martyn-Wyatt, Simson, Chippendale.

Referee. Mr. A. Royston.   Assistants.  Mr. G. Whitehead and Mr. L. Bramley.

FA YOUTH CUP REPORT I Silsden AFC 3-0 Staveley Miners Welfare

THE FA YOUTH CUP 2019-20   Preliminary Round

Monday 2nd September 2019


Cunningham 33, Hardisty-Blackwell 42, 70.                                                              Att.61.


          The Cobbydalers Under 18’s were one of 546 clubs entered in this seasons FA Youth Cup, won last season in a penalty shoot-out, Liverpool being the victors against Manchester City. The Cobbydalers’ youngsters were one of 358 clubs in the preliminary round.

          Entertaining Staveley Miners Welfare, the Yorkshire boys produced some exhilarating football on a rain swept night at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium.

          Silsden dominated the opening exchanges with some slick passing on a surface which lent itself to pass-and-run football. Harrison Hardisty-Blackwell, who has experience with the Cobbydalers first team, was a constant threat to the visitors, shooting over the bar in the 6th minute. Miners’ Culpit broke up the next attack before Harry Parsons headed over the visitors’ bar.

          The Cobbydalers created numerous chances early on, with William Procter shooting wide after creating an opening. Procter’s next effort lacked power and Miners’ keeper, Declan Starkey, got a hand on Hardisty-Blackwell’s powerful shot.

          The Cobbydalers were solid at the back, keeping possession and willing to keep the ball before an opening occurred. Adam Gregory began to run the midfield. If there was any criticism of the Silsden youngsters it was that they weren’t clinical in front of goal. That changed when Toby CUNNINGHAM hit a screamer into the top corner of the Miners’ goal on 33 minutes.

          Marshall Hammond then had an effort cleared for a corner. The visitors were hardly in the game with Sammy Forsdyke and Harry Parsons very comfortable  at the back for  Silsden. However Kian White got the ball in the Silsden net two minutes before the break.  The goal was chalked off because the referee had seen an infringement and Silsden were awarded a free kick. The ball was worked to Jamie Milner who threaded it through the visitors’ defence.  HARDISTY-BLACKWELL put the Reds two up.

          Silsden were even more dominant in the second half. A superb tackle by Joe Lawrence led to a swift break. Hammond latched onto a through ball but saw his effort blocked. Procter followed up but was denied by Sadler. The tenacious Regan Waite then released Hardisty-Blackwell who had two chances but both lacked power.

          Waites powerful run down the right released Cunningham who slid the ball to Hardisty-Blackwell whose shot was saved. The striker could easily have had a hat-trick in the opening ten minutes of the second half had he been more ruthless.

          Superb control of a long ball saw Hammond break down the wing. The ball was crossed to Milner whose fierce shot rattled the Staveley bar. The keeper then saved Joe Lawrence’s effort. At two-nil Staveley were still in the game and Cunningham did well to deny the visitors a goal on 65 minutes. Waite’s strong run was then halted by Reece Hughes before Lawrence broke down the left but his shot lacked power.

          On 70 minutes Hammond slid the ball to HARDISTY-BLACKWELL, whose screamer from outside the box made it three.

          The visitors had not posed many questions for Silsden keeper Richard Starkey but the keeper was always involved as Silsden were always willing to involve the keeper when they sought to keep possession.  Substitutes Gledhill, Bridge and Oliver Tetteroo came on for the final ten minutes. A comprehensive win but they might not get as many chances as they progress and need to be more ruthless in their finishing.

          The Cobbydalers now entertain the winners of the York City and Pontefract Collieries in the first round proper.

SILSDEN U18s. Starkey, Waite, Lawrence, Cunningham, Forsdyke, Parsons, Milner, Gregory, Hardisty-Blackwell, Hammond. Gledhill, Bridge, Tetteroo.

Newton Aycliffe 2-1 Silsden AFC

THE BUILDBASE FA VASE 2019-2020. First Qualifying Round

Saturday, August 31st 2019

              NEWTON AYCLIFFE  F.C. 2  V  1 SILSDEN A.F.C.                                

O.g.24. Thexton 47.                            Shazad 66.      Att. 120.


          The Cobbydalers travelled to Durham to face Ebac Northern League Division One side Newton Aycliffe on Saturday for the first Qualifying Round of this seasons FA Vase. The Silsden outfit had their best ever run  in the Vase last season, when they reached the third round proper, when they were beaten by semi-finalists Northwich Victoria.

          Aycliffe stood 9th and Silsden 10th in their respective leagues, although the home side had progressed to the next stage of the FA Cup, whilst the Cobbydalers had lost in a tense replay against Northwich Vics. Skipper Josh Kaine, who was injured, was replaced by Liam Hudson whilst Khurram Shazad returned to the starting line-up.

          It was a glorious afternoon at The Beaumont Landscapes Stadium. The Durham outfit tested the Silsden defence in the opening minutes but it was the Cobbydalers who created the first chance. Dan Illingworth slid the ball to Arley Barnes who released Mark Everingham on the right. The full-back broke up the wing and set up Aidan Kirby whose effort was just wide of the far post.

          Josh Brown broke up Aycliffe’s next attack before Dean Thexton fired over the Silsden bar. A long throw-in caught Silsden’s defence off-guard but Nick Green volleyed over from an acute angle. Shaun Ryder was denied by Illingworth before Laurence Sorhaindo cut in from the left. Unfortunately his powerful shot was into the midriff of Aycliffe keeper Adam Pickford.

          Another Silsden attack was thwarted. Johnson Ballam was finding lots of space on the Aycliffe right and it was his cross which was eventually diverted into the Silsden net off a Silsden defender. Silsden responded with a break from Everingham who fired over, before Silsden Keeper Alfie Darke made a superb save from Richardson’s header.

          Shazad hit a free kick over the bar at the other end before Ballam cut through a sloppy defence. McNamara’s dive in the box may have won an Oscar but it didn’t fool the referee! Hudson then denied Ryder at the expense of a corner, which was cleared.

          Midfield dynamo Joe Mitchell, who had broken up play several times in the first half, went close with a powerful shot before Shazad slid the ball to Kirby, who delayed his effort which was eventually charged down.

          Silsden were only a goal down at the break thanks to some solid defending. The front men hadn’t functioned as well as they might have, against a resolute defence, but the Cobbydalers were still in the game.

          Two minutes into the second half that changed. Illingworth and Barnes, who had been exchanging passes, were closed down and the ball ran to Josh Brown. Brown missed the ball and THEXTON ran in to score a simple goal.

          The Cobbydalers began to play some neat football without looking dangerous, and they started to push Aycliffe back with Sorhaindo and Shazad creating more chances. The home side were a threat on the break but Silsden were able to resist. Sorhaindo tested the keeper before Shazad headed Barnes’ cross over the bar.   Barnes then shot wide. Eventually the pressure told. Sorhaindo put SHAZAD through to net after the keeper had parried his first effort.

          Illingworth and Brown kept it tight at the back as Silsden began to apply some pressure. Sorhaindo shot over before his run up the wing five minutes later led to a chance for Mitchell, whose shot was saved for a corner. Illingworth headed wide.

          Silsden continued to pass in neat triangles without creating chances. Sorhaindo went close before Matthew Lowrie was dismissed for a reckless challenge. The game went into stoppage time Barnes shot over before Silsden “equalised”. The assistant’s flag went up! Offside!  The keeper was on the goal line…but so was an Aycliffe defender. Maybe the assistant was unsighted. Silsden protested but there was no V.A.R.!

          On a better day the Cobbydalers might have won. They have played better this season. Hopefully they can bounce back on Saturday when they face Garforth Town, before travelling to Barton-on-Humber on Tuesday 10th Sept.

NEWTON AYCLIFFE FC. Pickford, Ballam (Pennal 78), Green, Costello Carr 40) Brown, McNamara, Barnes, Ryder, Thexton, Richardson, Read(Redford 72). Subs not used Wood, Harrison. Pickering.

SILSDEN AFC. Darke, Everingham, Hudson, Bentham (Wignall 84), Illingworth, Brown, Barnes, Mitchell, Kirby, Shazad, Sorhaindo. Subs not used. Hardisty-Blackwell, Higginson, Higman, Forrest.

Referee. Mr.P.Cooper.

FA Vase First Qualifying Round Preview

By Jim Rosser

THE FA VASE 2019-20

          The Cobbydalers travel to Northern League side, NEWTON AYCLIFFE, on Saturday in the First Qualifying Round of the The Buildbase FA VASE. Last season Silsden had their best ever run in the Vase going out in the third round.

Silsden lie in 10th place in the Toolstation Northern Counties East table with two wins and one defeat. Newton Aycliffe lie in 8th position with three wins and one defeat. Like the Cobbydalers they were knocked out in the Extra-Preliminary Round of the Buildbase FA Cup going down 2-0 against Northallerton Town.

The Cobbydalers started the season well with victories over Maltby Maine and Penistone Church and only went out to Northwich Victoria, last years defeated semi-finalists, in a replay before losing their home game 2-1 against Thackley.

FA Youth Cup Preview

By Jim Rosser

On Monday 2nd September Silsden AFC host Staveley Miners Welfare U18’s at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium in the FA Youth Cup 7.30pm kick off.
The young Silsden side will consist of players from different levels of the Club from Lee Taylor’s and Ronald Tetteroo’s teams to players who have been training with the first team and been on the bench, such as Harry Parsons, and Harrison Hardisty- Blackwell, who started in the local derby against Thackley.  It shows the clear pathway First team Manager Danny Forrest and his Staff want for young players at Silsden from U17 through to our U23 squad and First team. With home advantage the Cobbydalers youngsters will be hoping to progress to the next round with a Home tie awaiting the winners vs York City or Pontefract Collieries.
Get down and cheer on the young Cobbydalers!

Silsden AFC 1-2 Thackley

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

Tuesday, August 20th 2019

                                                      SILSDEN A.F.C. 1 v 2  THACKLEY A.F.C.

Kirby 28 (pen)            Normanton 41, Flaherty 65. Att. 234


The Cobbydalers, who entertained local rivals Thackley FC hoping to maintain their 100% record, fell short in the end of a pulsating match. Leading scorer Khurram Shazad was an absentee being replaced by Harrison Hardisty-Blackwell. Craig Bentham returned to the midfield.

          Silsden started with Josh Kaine breaking up the right but his cross was just overhit. The Dennyboys responded with two breaks but Dan Illingworth intercepted on both occasions.  Kaine then got on the end of a through ball but his shot hit the side netting. Illingworth was then cautioned for a rash challenge.

          Arley Barnes fed Aidan Kirby whose cross was cleared for a corner before the striker combined with Harrison Hardisty-Blackwell, who slid the ball to Laurence Sorhaindo. The angle was just too tight for him to squeeze the ball home. Silsden continued to press. Kaine’s low shot was wide whilst Sorhaindo headed Barnes’ cross over the bar. Kirby and Barnes interchanged passes before Joe Mitchell saw his shot saved by Luke Wilson.

          The Dennyboys’ first attack of note came 20 minutes into the game but Bentham snuffed out the danger. The visitors came close to opening the score two minutes later when Illingworth was dispossessed but Kieran Thompson’s cross was over the bar. When Mark Everingham failed to clear, Alfie Darke managed to gather the ball.

          Kirby then received a long ball and immediately played it across the field to Kaine. The skipper drove up the right and fired in a fierce cross shot which rattled the bar. Harrison-Blackwell chased it down but the keeper followed him and tripped him up. Penalty! KIRBY put the spot kick wide of the keeper.

          Silsden had dominated the game but that changed when Kaine was injured and had to be replaced, Liam Hudson replacing the skipper at right back. Thackley had a corner but one header was cleared and the follow up was headed wide.

          Silsden had a good break ten minutes before the interval but Sorhaindo, chasing Mitchell’s through-ball, had strayed offside. The final ten minutes of the half belonged to the visitors. Bentham cleared one effort before former Cobbydaler, Kris Hargreaves, saw his header saved by Darke.  Jack Normanton then found space behind Hudson and advanced on goal. Darke attempted to narrow the angle but NORMANTON netted the equaliser four minutes before the break. Normanton almost made it two, three minutes later but Darke made a fine save at the winger’s feet.

           The Silsden keeper was injured at the start of the second half but after lengthy treatment was able to carry on. Hudson began to push forwards down the right and the Cobbydalers played some slick football with Sorhaindo and Kirby linking well. Hudson hit a shot over the bar whilst at the other end a cross was cleared by Everingham.

          The Dennyboys then brought on two substitutes which gave them a new impetus. They pressurised the Silsden defence and, in a packed penalty area, Charlie FLAHERTY netted at the second attempt. Normanton then broke through but Darke was out quickly to deny him a second. Hunter, Flaherty and Muller created another chance only to be denied by Illingworth.

          Finally Silsden managed to break out of the defence. Mitchell slid the ball through to Sorhaindo but his effort rattled the bar. Despite receiving an injury, Sorhaindo  went close with a header and Barnes had a powerful free-kick blocked. The ball was cleared to Normanton who ran the length of the field only to shoot over.

          It had been a hard fought derby which could have gone either way. Silsden now have a ten day break before they travel to Newton Aycliffe in the FA Vase. Danny Forrest will be hoping that gives enough time for several players to recover from their injuries.

SILSDEN AFC. Darke, Kaine (Hudson30), Everingham, Barnes, Illingworth, Brown, Bentham (Waddington76), Mitchell, Kirby (Forrest 76), Hardisty-Blackwell, Sorhaindo. Subs. not used. Higginson. McKiernon.

THACKLEY AFC. Wilson, Thompson, Hunter, Whiteley, Basi, Hargreaves, Muller, Flaherty (Boote76), Wood (Brooksbank62), Trueman (Hines 62) Normanton. Subs not used. Mitchell, Rothell.

Referee. Mr. C. Gough.  Assistants.   Mr. A. Warner and Mr. A. Hallam.

Silsden AFC 2-1 Maltby Main

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

Saturday, August 17th 2019

                                           SILSDEN A.F.C 2 v 1 MALTBY MAIN F.C

                                             Shazad 1, 83.                 Fairhurst 4.  

Att. 186.

                                       SHAZAD DOUBLE SEES COBBYDALERS HOME

          The Cobbydalers, making their home debut in the Toolstation Northern Counties East Premier Division, made it two wins out of two in a very even contest. The home side were without Liam Hudson and Craig Bentham, Josh Brown and Lewis Waddington being their replacements.

          The Cobbydalers couldn’t have made a better start with Khurram SHAZAD netting on thirty-seven seconds after slick inter passing between Joe Mitchell and Laurence Sorhaindo. The “Miners” responded immediately with Robert Worrall breaking clear, Mark Everingham denying him at the expense of a corner. The corner was swung over and, on four minutes, Waide FAIRHURST headed home at the far post.

          The game settled down with Silsden hitting too many long balls which caught on the wind. Brown, partnering Dan Illingworth at centre-back, denied Fairhurst before Silsden applied some pressure. Shazad’s through ball to Laurence Sorhaindo was lifted by the wind before Kaine broke up the right and crossed into the Miners’ box. Sorhaindo was beaten in the air by Joe Austin. Lewis Waddington then hit Shazad’s cross wide before Illingworth went close with a header. Shazad’s next effort was deflected for a corner.

          The Miners began to gain some control at the back, closing the Cobbydaler’s forwards down more quickly. A cross from Oscar Radford was headed goalwards by Gavin King but Darkes saved well. Austin was cautioned for a foul on Kirby. The free-kick fell to Shazad whose shot was blocked by Radford.  Brown headed wide. Kaine then broke up the right and crossed but there were no takers.

          As the half time whistle beckoned Darke did well to deny the Miners after Everingham had under-hit a back pass. Then Brown conceded a corner after Waddington had been dispossessed. Ben Algar hit the corner back to Morton who fizzed a shot wide.

          Main began to put pressure on the home defence from the restart. Patterson fired over the bar before Chipps headed wide at the far post. Worrall hit a free-kick over the bar. The Silsden defence stood firm and Mitchell became more influential in breaking up attacks and releasing the front men. Kirby worked hard and went close after Everingham had released Waddington, who slid in a low cross. Shazad was still a threat up front and he went close after intercepting a back pass.

          Sorhaindo was replaced by Wignall midway through the half. The visitors still pressed. King missed a chance before he was denied by Darke. Substitute Hopewell shot wide. The Cobbydalers, with Illingworth and Brown commanding in the air and Barnes breaking up play in midfield, withstood the pressure. Silsden’s attacks were few and far between, Everingham doing all the hard work up the wing before under-hitting his shot. Finally the Cobbydalers created an opening. Mitchell’s persistent hassling eventually paid off as he won the ball in the Miner’s half and fed SHAZAD who drove a low shot into the bottom corner.

          The Cobbydalers managed the last ten minutes well with Maltby failing to have a shot on goal until the 93rd minute when Darke punched out a ball launched into the goal area. The final whistle went.

          On Tuesday the Cobbydalers entertain Thackley, The Dennyboys.

SILSDEN AFC. Darke, Kaine, Everingham, Barnes, Illingworth, Brown, Waddington (McKiernon 67), Mitchell, Kirby, Shazad, Sorhaindo (Wignall 67) Subs . not used Hardisty-Blackwell, Parchment, Higginson.

MALTYBY MAIN F.C. Pollard, Morton, Cutts, Radford, Austin, Chipps, Patterson, Worrall (Rigby 88), Fairhurst (Eades 78), Algar, King (Hopewell 78). Sub not used Moxam.

Referee. Mr. D. Dutton. Assistants.  Mr. J. Mason and Mr. L. Smith

Silsden AFC 3-4 Northwich Victoria

The Emirates F.A. Cup 2019-2020. Extra Preliminary Round Replay

Tuesday, August 13th 2019

                                    SILSDEN A.F.C.  3 v 4 NORTHWICH VICTORIA      

                 Hudson 40, Kirby, 58, Shazad 66.         Doran 25,26, Kilifin 35, Connolly 86. Att. 162.


        After a late equalizer on Saturday SILSDEN bowed out of the FA Cup at the second time of asking following a seven-goal thriller at the Cobbydale Construction Stadium. Danny Forrest’s men fell to a winner four minutes from time from Northwich’s John CONNOLLY in this extra preliminary round replay.

        The Cobbydalers held their own in the opening exchanges in Tuesday night’s tie but were indebted to keeper, Alfie Darke, whose superb save in the 24th minute kept them in the tie. Unfortunately, three minutes later, Silsden were two goals down as striker, Robert DORAN netted in the 25th and 26th minutes.

        Silsden’s Aidan Kirby won a free-kick on the right-hand side in the 32nd minute, but Dan Illingworth had his resulting effort blocked. Matters went from bad to worse in the 35th minute when Thomas KILIFIN made it 3-0 to the visitors when he lobbed home goalkeeper, Darke. Last year’s FA Vase semi-finalists were well on top. Fortunately, Liam HUDSON gave Silsden a ray of hope five minutes from the interval, after he was fed following a quick free-kick.

        The Vics peppered the Silsden goal in opening stages of the second half of this pulsating cup tie but Darke and his defenders held back the tide. Gradually the pendulum in this replay looked to be swinging back in Silsden’s favour as they made it 3-2 after 58 minutes. Striker Aidan KIRBY, who had earned Silsden a replay at Northwich in the original tie on Saturday, converted a penalty, after being fouled himself.

        It was set up for a grandstand finish as Silsden continued to press forward. Lawrence Sorhaindo fired over the bar before and Kirby’s strike partner, summer signing Khurram SHAZAD, made it 3-3 in the 66th minute, going on a mazy run before beating two men and firing an effort into the top corner of the net from 20 yards out.

        Northwich were rattled but both teams pressed for a winner before CONNOLLY struck late following a bit of pinball in the Silsden area. Danny Forrest came on for the last five minutes in a bid to force an equaliser. Sorhaindo had a final chance in the 89th minute but Taberner, the Northwich keeper, blocked his fierce shot before the he saved a header from Illingworth.

        Despite their best efforts, it was all in vain as Silsden crashed out after four minutes injury time.

        Silsden will look to bounce back from their cup exit when they entertain Maltby Main in the Cobbydale Construction Stadium on Saturday in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division and then Thackley at home on Tuesday 20th August.


SILSDEN AFC. Darke, Hudson, Barnes, Kaine, Illingworth, Bentham, McKiernon (Forrest 85), Mitchell, Kirby, Shazad, Sorhaindo. Subs not used Hardisty-Blackwell, Brown, Wignall, Parchment. (Waddington 77). Sutcliffe –Vetch

NORTHWICH VICTORIA F.C.  Taberner, Camozzi, Barski, Winder, Kenny, Wilson, Toner, Clarke, Doran(Fleming 76), Kilifin, Connolly.    Crowther, Grundy. Subs not used Henry, Fitzgerald.